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Friday Quick Hitters: Carolina Chocolate Drops, Luminescent Orchestrii, The Windbreakers

Posted in Carolina Chocolate Drops, Luminescent Orchestrii, The Windbreakers, Tim Lee 3 on February 4, 2011 by spe529

Obviously, I listen to a lot more music than I’m able to share on this site.  A lot more.

The thing is… writing reviews takes time, and I have two jobs, a baby, a wife, and a dog that all require my attention.  It’s sometimes hard to find time to write lengthy reviews of all the stuff I want to feature.  ReviewShine Wednesday was one attempt to feature more music by writing shorter reviews of newer stuff.  Of course, there’s a lot of stuff I dig that isn’t featured on that site.

That’s what this space will hopefully become.  A place for me to briefly (two or three sentences at most) mention music that I’m listening to, but I know I’ll never have time to feature properly.  It will give you more stuff to listen to, and leave me feeling less guilty about all the stuff I’m neglecting/have neglected.

Carolina Chocolate Drops & Luminescent Orchestrii – Self-Titled EP

Nothing much here… Just your typical, “traditional string band paired with an Eastern European folk/klezmer band and a human beat box” record.  I’m sure we all have hundreds of these in our collection.

In all seriousness though… this EP is a lot of fun.

Carolina Chocolate Drops & Luminescent Orchestrii: Knockin’ (Buy Album)

The Windbreakers – Time Machine (1982 – 2002)

This is a “best of” collection from Tim Lee‘s former band and is full of jangly goodness.  Lee and  Bobby Sutliff were the driving forces behind this band and counted themselves as friends and contemporaries of groups like R.E.M. and Let’s Active.  This collection from 2003 is more than strong.

The Windbreakers: Changeless (Buy Album)

Best of 2010: 18-16

Posted in Kasey Anderson, Mary Gauthier, Tim Lee 3, Top 21 of 2010 on December 18, 2010 by spe529

#18 – Raucous Americanus by Tim Lee 3

The city of Knoxville produced some pretty astounding music this year.  That’s why I’m a little surprised that this two disc release from Tim Lee 3 is the only local album on this year’s list (apologies are due to Sam Quinn, R.B. Morris, Mic Harrison, Greg Horne, and Karen Reynolds among others).

Tim Lee is not a native Knoxvillian.  His roots reach further south where he first rose to prominence in Mississippi in the 80’s jangle pop band The Windbreakers.  Over his thirty year music career, Lee released a handful of records with The Windbreakers, toured as a member of his friend Mitch Easter’s band Let’s Active, and recorded a few solo albums.  He settled in Knoxville with his wife Susan Bauer Lee at the beginning of this past decade, and the two of them formed TL3 in 2006.  With Tim on guitars and vocals, Susan on bass and vocals, and Matt Honkonen on drums and vocals, the band has found something special on their third studio release.

Raucous Americanus is a rock record… two of them in fact.  It’s the only two-disc album to make the list.  The reason the record is so successful is that, even at 21 tracks and nearly an hour-and-a-half, it never feels like too much or becomes to familiar.  The songs were culled from three different recording sessions with three different producers in three different states.  Add to that the fact that Tim and Susan swap lead vocals from song to song, and there is enough variety to keep things fresh the whole way through.  From jangly pop to trippy Americana to full on rock, Tim Lee 3 released one of the most varied and satisfying albums of the year.

Tim Lee 3: Salty Tears (Buy Album)

#17 – Nowhere Nights by Kasey Anderson

I’ve told the story a couple of times now of how I first came across Kasey Anderson.  However, it’s time for me to stop talking about Anderson as the guy who I used to know as a fellow poster on the message boards at altcountrytab, and start talking about him only as a legitimate musician.  He’s earned that much for sure as the head of his own Red River Records label and a fine songwriter with five strong albums to his credit (and a new one coming in February).

At its core Nowhere Nights is a personal tale about a restless soul who has spent too much time in one place and needs to move on.  For Anderson, that place was Bellingham, WA, a place he lived for eight years and felt he had to leave.  At times, Anderson wistfully contemplates a tidy cutting of ties.  Other times, he seems ready to take a scorched earth approach and burn down everything around him.  Either way… he gets his point across.  Anderson lives in Portland now.

Update: Get a free sampler with three songs from Nowhere Nights and four songs from the new album at Anderson’s website.

Kasey Anderson: Bellingham Blues (Buy Album)

#16 – The Foundling by Mary Gauthier

Mary Gauthier is a veteran artist.  She’s released six studio albums, been the recipient of an Americana Music Award, and had her songs covered by artists ranging from Jimmy Buffett to Blake Shelton to Fred Eaglesmith.  She’s an accomplished chef who once ran her own restaurant in Boston, and she’s an accomplished musician who has played shows all over the country and all over the world.

Mary Gauthier is also an orphan.

That piece of information is central to her 2010 album The Foundling.  A deeply confessional album that is essentially Gauthier’s story told through song.  It deals with her journey as an orphan, her search for answers in her life, and her coming to grips with the answers she found and those she was denied.  It’s as personal an album as I’ve ever heard, and one that can be difficult to listen to at times due to the raw emotions involved.  It’s those emotions, however, that make the album great and worth spending time with.

Mary Gauthier: Goodbye (Buy Album)

Weekend YouTube: Tim Lee 3

Posted in Tim Lee 3 on November 15, 2010 by spe529

Maybe you already saw this in the comments on Wednesday’s post. If you didn’t, here’s the video for “Get There First” by Tim Lee 3.  Lots of familiar Knoxville faces in this one.

ReviewShine Wednesday/A Little Knox Music: Tim Lee 3

Posted in Knoxville Music, Tim Lee 3 on November 10, 2010 by spe529

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)