My Son The Reverend was formed in the shed at the back of an auto salvage yard in South Dakota when lead singer, guitarist, banjo player and whistler, Alan Kates, begged his older brother, Kyle Kates, to pick up his accordion and put down his alcoholism. Five years later, the brothers and their ever-shifting band members had produced four albums, toured three countries, headlined Coachella, and performed their Grammy-nominated single “When I Chose The Amber Over You” in front of more than 200 million people.
The Heritage Tour of 2009 was one designed for the people of the Kates brothers’ hometown and surrounding areas – all proceeds went to charity, and the tour as a whole was dedicated to their late father, Johnny-Joe-Christopher Henley Kates, who died in prison earlier that year.
In 2010, the band collapsed when Kyle Kates returned to alcoholism, citing his regret for not ever visiting his life-sentenced father in prison as, “the thing prayers can’t fix fer me now, so whiskey’ll hafta do.”
Alan Kates went on to pastor a Baptist church, which fans often deem as ironic, but somehow fitting.
Wear this shirt in honor of the last tour My Son The Reverend went on before the Kates brothers stepped down, and proudly wear your despair on your sleeve for the Kates brothers, their dead criminal daddy, and the epic, folkesy fifth album that never was, but so very nearly could’ve been.