ReviewShine Wednesday/A Little Knox Music: Tim Lee 3

Until I got the link for their new album Raucous Americanus Tim Lee 3 was just another one of those Knoxville bands that I had always heard good things about but had never really taken the time to hear for myself.  I’m not sure why that is, but I’m here to tell you that I’ve been missing out. Maybe you have too.

The band’s front man and namesake Tim Lee gained some notoriety in the ’80s as a member of the jangle pop band The Windbreakers.  By the beginning of this decade, however, Lee had become tired of the business side of the music business and moved to Knoxville with is wife Susan with the thought of putting music behind him.  Luckily, things didn’t go exactly as planned, and Tim Lee 3 was born four years ago with Tim on on vocals and guitar, Susan on bass, and Rodney Cash on drums.  Cash was replaced by Matt Honkonen last year.

The band releases its third album next week… a double disc affair featuring 21 tracks of solid rock and roll.  Susan’s role has expanded on this album to include writing credits on half of the songs and lead vocals on several others.  Susan’s voice provides a nice contrast to Tim’s rougher sounds and helps the extra long set avoid the monotonous ruts that trouble most double albums.  But the real highlights come when the two sing together.  In their most rocking moments, they bear more than a passing aural resemblance to John Doe and Exene Cervenka of X.

Tim Lee 3 will play the WDVX Blue Plate Special this Friday at noon (Eastern).  I’m gonna be there, and you should listen in.  Don’t put off listening to this band as long as I did.

Here’s one song with lead vocals from Tim… and one with lead vocals from Susan.

Tim Lee 3: What I Have Not Got (Buy Album)
Tim Lee 3: Dig it Up (Buy Album)

One Response to “ReviewShine Wednesday/A Little Knox Music: Tim Lee 3”

  1. You can also see the video for the track “Get There First” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZbu4bCwXdg

    Starring: Andy Pirkle, Mike McGill, Jeff Heiskell, Red Hickey and more.

    Written and Directed by: Jessie Greene

    Produced by: Jessie Greene and Roman Karpynec

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