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Adam Lee w/ Matt Woods, Bobby Stevens
February 10, 2017 @ 8:30 PM$10
Adam Lee (Chicago – Americana/Country)
“A debut disc that reflects a clear sense of agility and achievement… Adam Lee is one… that deserves immediate attention.” — No Depression
“Sincerely, Me is a surprising departure for Lee, and in departing, he has left behind an ever-swelling wave of faceless rockabilly acts who hug so close to tradition that they can’t be differentiated from one another.” — The New Territory
Chicago-based Americana artist Adam Lee releases his debut solo album, ‘Sincerely, Me’ August 26th. A former honky tonk acolyte, Lee’s newest writing turns traditionalism on its head. It’s a varied and engaging collection, criss-crossing genre and influence and bringing to mind artists such as Cory Branan, Justin Townes Earle, or John Moreland.
In preparation for the release he spent much of the past year on the road. He completed his second European tour and also played shows with Frank Turner, Chuck Ragan, and Austin Lucas.
Prior to landing in Chicago, Lee fronted Kansas City-based Adam Lee & the Dead Horse Sound Company, a scrappy alt-country outfit with traditionalist leanings. His time in the honky tonks paid off; he was nominated for Dale Watson’s Ameripolitan Awards and found homes for his country songs in writer/director Kevin Smith’s Red State and TUSK.
Following these successes, he moved to Chicago after being offered a leading role in the Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet, under the musical direction of Chuck Mead. It was at this point he began writing and recording the songs that make up ‘Sincerely, Me,’
All told, ‘Sincerely, Me’ is a strong and diverse debut. Roots-rock songwriter Justin Wells sums up this sentiment. “Somebody’s gonna file this album under Americana, but that’s because Adam Lee isn’t a genre… it nods at several American musics without knowing the meaning of derivative.”
Matt Woods (Knoxville, TN – Alt-country)
“His brand of genre-saving country possesses an authenticity that’s earned him the loyalty of fans plus the comparisons to a range of gifted wordsmiths that run the range from Jason Isbell to Charles Bukowski.”
-Tampa Bay Times
A Matt Woods show is show isn’t merely a whiskey-fueled half hour set of songs, it’s in-your-face theater–sometimes verging on a public exorcism–that draws the audience in like a constricting (or comforting) hug. He is the one breaking down the barrier between artist and audience; stepping in front of the microphone to shout (and sometimes whisper) his lyrics to the audience. He dismantles his ego piece by piece, until finally, at the end, the very symbol of a stage or a man standing on it
is obliterated and he is on eye and street level again.”
-Wild American Radio
Bobby Stevens (St. Louis – Americana/Rock)