April 16, 2014 in featured, Uncategorized

ESL’s “GEORGIA FOR THIS” US RADIO TOUR KICKS OFF IN HAWAII & MIDWEST!!

Erica Sunshine Lee's 5th studio album

With the release of her 1st US Single, Erica Sunshine Lee’s song “Georgia For This” is catching attention across the US debuting on the Music Row Charts at #133, and she kicks off her US “GEORGIA FOR THIS” RADIO TOUR in Hawaii, where Makani in the Morning raves about her new single, and down home personality. Sunshine is called “The Hardest Working Woman in Country Music”, and there’s no question why, because of her uncompromising work ethic, prolific songwriting skills, and ability to capture any audience with her heartfelt ballads or with her sense of humor that shines in her catchy infectious hooks.

Sunshine tells the background story of her new single “GEORGIA FOR THIS.”
“I met Joe Denim through a mutual friend one night, and we got to jam at his house, a few months later when I got back into town (Nashville), I set up a writing appointment. Joe Denim is an incredible songwriter and a hilarious comedian, so we clicked right off the bat with our outgoing personalities. Sitting in my living room by Piercy Priest Lake, I was telling him about how I grew up in a small town in northeast Georgia, Elberton, the granite capital of the world, and after high school, I moved out to San Francisco. I was so different from my California friends who ate healthy salads, sushi, and avocado, and told him I’m much more of a fried catfish and steak kinda gal, and the song was born. Reminiscing about growing up and hanging out on Clark Hill Lake back near my hometown, and riding on my Papa Joe’s pontoon, enjoying a nice Atlanta staple, Cherry Coke…and the rest is history. I love my years spent in California, so it’s all tongue and cheek, because it’s now my 2nd home, but there’s nothing that can take the place of HOME. We worked up such an appetite that after we finished the song, we celebrated with some fried catfish over at PIRATE COVE, a restaurant at Elm Hill Marina near my home.”

From Honolulu, Hawaii, to Atlanta, Georgia, to Des Moines, Iowa, to Prairie Du Chien and Platteville, Wisconsin, and hitting up a total of 40 states, 100 radio stations in the next two months, this independent artist is a remarkable example of how hard work pays off. Request “GEORGIA FOR THIS” at your local country radio station, and support Georgia’s Rising Star, Erica Sunshine Lee!

THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING STATIONS FOR SPINNING ESL’S NEW SINGLE:

Douglas Georgia’s Country Radio 106.7FM
Moby in the Morning, Atlanta, GA
KMGO – Centerville, Iowa
KBOE – Oskaloosa, Iowa
KLMG – Hampton, Iowa
KSMA – Mason City, Iowa
WQPC – Prairie Du Chien, WI
WGLR – Platteville, WI
Thunder 102, Liberty, NY
Hawaii’s Kickin’ Country
100.9FM the Farm
~Amanda Orsley, Orsley Entertainment

March 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

Vote for Erica Sunshine Lee’s new single “Georgia For This” to be on New York Radio!!!

Erica Sunshine Lee’s new single “GEORGIA FOR THIS” hits the New York airwaves, vote now for her song in the FACEOFF!

March 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

Erica Sunshine Lee debuts First US single on THE FARM RADIO

TRUE COUNTRY 100.9FM THE FARM, West Tennessee’s Country Radio featuring up close w/ Erica Sunshine Lee on her 5th album “THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN” live in the studio, playing “CHUNKY DUNK” 

 

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March 15, 2014 in blog

Indie Shark says “simple yet complex, amazing and dramatic album” for ESL’s 5th album~

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ARTIST – ERICA SUNSHINE LEE

 

 

 

CD – THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN

 

Website: http://www.ericasunshinelee.com/

Genre: Country, Folk, Blues

Sounds Like: T

The Good: Good time vibe, songwriting, emotional depth and perspective, persona

The Bad: Nothing to report

The Ugly: Nothing to report

The Band: 5 out of 5

The Music: 4 out of 5

The Songs: 4 out of 5

The Vibe: 5 out of 5

The Production: 4 out of 5

The Verdict4 out of 5

CD REVIEW 

 

The Review Nashville based Erica Sunshine Lee just released her latest 13 track album entitled “The South Will Rise Again.” Reading from her bio: Lee dished out edgy, controversial titles, catchy and infectious melodies and hooks, genuine country music, with a variety of styles, subjects from love, heartache, tragedy, rebuilding of towns, hearts and southern pride integrated with unfiltered, raw southern sass.

This is such a simple yet complex, amazing and dramatic album what else can I say? The South Will Rise Again by Erica Sunshine Lee is more than amazing and dramatic, it’s also a freaking blast to listen to. At times her writing style can be extremely honest and other times innocent and other times no holds barred. It has a very country quality to it as well. The intro track “Girls Night Out” gives you the impression as if you were in a Friday Night bar somewhere in Austin, Texas. The really upbeat, rebellious, emotional charged vocal/guitar combination really gets things revved up fast. The music is also reminiscent of acts such as Cheryl Wright, Jamie O’Neal, Rebeca Lynn Howard, Dixie Chicks, and Julie Roberts. Lee has a strong tonality foundation combining mesmerizing peak and valley rhythms, hypnotic guitar and spaced out Americana-Folkish-flair. The vocals from Lee are impressive. If these tracks were more rocked out I could hear maybe Cheryl Crow of even Heather Nova, Amanda Marshall, or even Bonnie Raitt. What’s more, without a doubt, it’s impossible to deny the superiority of this band and production team backing her up so well. The drums and the bass lines just help push the album forward, and the vibe, if you pay attention carefully, has a really good Old Time Country vibe to it. As the CD evolves it showcases some amazing moments like R&B, Country, and even Rock-Pop. This record also covers a lot of ground emotionally. On many these tracks there is a distinct mood assigned to each piece that will take you on a whirlwind musical adventure. In conclusion, here’s a CD release I’ve been dying to get my hands on. I was unable to stumble across her until today. Did I mention it’s also very passionate and a grand concept (13 tracks) that’s sure to get many peoples attention. From the production level, to the musicianship involved – it screams professionalism.

The Bottom Line In close “The South Will Rise Again” delivers in grand fashion. Let’s also give credit to the real talent behind all this shall? Erica Sunshine Lee’s superlative work ethic, signature sound via her trademark look and persona work terrifically well. “The South Will Rise Again” will keep you in a state of wonder from start to finish.

David Black edited by Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic

            

 

 

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March 14, 2014 in blog

“Erica Sunshine Lee does it Again! Solid Release, for old school and new listeners”Says Indie Mindy

Erica Sunshine Lee does it again

Posted on March 11, 2014 by mrhodes

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Erica Sunshine Lee – The South Will Rise Again

REVERBNATION: http://www.reverbnation.com/EricaSunshineLee

Score 4/5 Stars

(GEORGIA) Erica Sunshine Lee just released her latest CD entitled “The South Will Rise Again.” Reading her bio she is from Georgia but now resides in Nashville.

After writing over 65 songs with Australian artists on her first tour in 2012, Erica Sunshine Lee returns to tour in Australia at the famous Tamworth Country Music Festival this January, promoting her 5th studio album “THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN,” featuring her duet written with Australia’s VIPER CREEK BAND’s lead singer Damien Baguley.  Music is undeniably modern-day country. Lyrics inspired by ordinary experiences, nature, and an adventurous spirit round out this 13 track CD. While the deep soulful lyrics and impressive musical talent seem to reach far beyond Lee’s experiences, there’s an unmistakable and pulsating youthful energy permeates her songs. There is a certain fearlessness in the music, a diving in and pushing forward that reflect another side of this multi-talented young artist.

The CD stars off with “Girls Night Out” which smooth harmonies, inviting rhythm section and a captivating yet consistent vocal performance from Latham. Being a professional event planner, I cannot get out of my head the idea that many tracks on this CD filling almost any country function. All songs on “The South Will Rise Again” have a whimsical fun and carefree feel that makes the world seem right but there’s an underlying sense of hope that your future looks brighter than your past. Just when you think you got this gal down you get blindsided by more songwriting depth. This leads us right into some of my favorite tracks on the CD “Maybe That’s When You’ll Notice,” “All I can Give” and “You Saved Me.” Lee delivers in grand fashion via short but sweet messages, but still possessing a powerful style and grace. Not only is Lee a capable guitarist, her contribution to the writing and arrangements of all these songs is of paramount importance. I’ve seen videos of Lee performing songs in an up close and personal setting. This is where true talent either flourishes and fails to show up. Here Lee delivers, which is to say nothing of the pervasive and contagious chemistry she shares with the other musicians present. As a whole the bad plays like a well oiled machine. I might add there are songs here for old school Country fans as well like myself. Indeed Lee probably aims to please new listeners as well as her songs are also placed in a near perfect arrangement – 13 solid pieces. Notable standouts for me are “Maybe That’s When You’ll Notice,” “Train Wreck” and the title track. Honorable mentions go out to “the title track and “Holller if You’re Blue Collar.”

“The South Will Rise Again” CD as a whole provides a wonderful environment and fun and festive musical setting to listen. Also present musical ambience straight from the heart. Another hit for me is “Drinking for Two” a great statement. Erica Sunshine Lee reminds me of Delta Goodrem, Trish Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack and at times Patty Loveless and Reba Macintyre. The South Will Rise Again” is a solid release that upholds the classic Americana-folk-country and jam band standard. Erica Sunshine Lee does it again.

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Karen Johnson. Approved by Mindy McCall

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March 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

ROCK N’ ROLL VIEW falls in love with Erica Sunshine Lee, who’s “A far cry from the “sell out”corporate puppet show bands of today!

Erica Sunshine Lee – The South Will Rise Again

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Band: Erica Sunshine Lee releases The South Will Rise Again

Primary URL: http://www.ericasunshinelee.com/

In the spirit of musical justice (as I find is severely lacking these days), I gave this latest CD from Erica Sunshine Lee a good and proper listen and not only did I not hate it, but I actually kind of fell in love with it, and subsequently Lee in the process. Appropriately this gal is based out of Georgia. First the music therein is a bit more Modern-Country than Past-Rock so it’s not as tacky as I was expecting. It’s really a good combination of both sounds. I can hear influences ranging from Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Dixie Chicks, Sara Evens and Jo Dee Messina. Most of the music is straight up Americana Country Rock but much of it contains impressive into, outros, long musical segments and much in the way of musical angulations which I love.  The lyrics aren’t as annoying or sickly as I thought they would be. Vocals by Lee flutter around like a butterfly but at times. She commands a powerful tonal registry all the while maintaining impressive finesse and control.  Erica Sunshine Lee melds and blends all of the above together in a starkly unique way. The end result? A new sound with an old classic feel. Reading from the words of past reviewers this is the clear consensus. How shall I sum up the sound of Erica Sunshine Lee for you? How about ground breaking? Citing her bio I think this sums it up well: Edgy, controversial titles, catchy and infectious melodies and hooks, genuine country music, with a variety of styles, subjects from love, heartache, tragedy, rebuilding of towns, hearts and southern pride integrated with unfiltered, raw southern sass. While actually sounding like she’s not so over produced like some of the more modern sounding artists  out there like Sugar land and Lady Antebellum. Lee delivers a sound that is old yet surprisingly fresh all at the same time. There are legions of fans waiting for her. Many of these retro tracks sounding surprisingly innovative, which makes up for their somewhat dated influences. From track 1-3 the album turns decidedly upwards and serves up 13 tracks in all. All songs will get your blood pumping. My favorite songs are the ones that add fuel to the fire “Girls Night Out”, “Holler if You’re Blue Collar”, “Chunky Dunk” “How Bout Them Dawgs”. The first three tracks (Girls Night Out), (Georgia For This) and (Everyone Loves a Country Girl) hit hard. My favorite track is probably a toss up between “Holler if You’re Blue Collar” and “Drinking for Two”. All songs are like vivid bursts of energy. The Musicianship from all involved is World Class and the productions strokes are Professional grade. In conclusion there are 3 things I really like about this latest release from Lee. For one I didn’t want to shoot with my pen my myself like I do with most new country bands and artists from Georgia, Two: this CD may be the most impressionable, cheerful, magical and artistic CD’s I’ve heard this  year. Third: Lee and her production team has the courage to write and play music the way she want to, the way it was meant to. A far cry from the “sell out” corporate puppet show bands the masses are scratching their heads at. Whereas 90% of the bands could care less about this approach as they just want to make labels happy. This is one of the most important attributes for me when reviewing music. This CD by Erica Sunshine Lee has no weaknesses and is if you think about it – is 100% compatible with the title “The South Will Rise Again”

FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/EricaSunshineLeeMusic

Wade Richardson, edited by Joshua Beach. Approved by Drew Blackwell (UK).

Review comments: joshuabeach9@gmail.com

March 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

Music Emissions says there’s nothing Fake or Superficial about Erica Sunshine Lee

ERICA “SUNSHINE” LEE – THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN

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on 2014-03-11 Michael_Morrison Said:

“The South Will Rise Again” by Erica Lee (2014) has much to commend it. I really liked this excerpt from her bio: “Two years ago, I was in New Zealand touring. I bought a plane ticket to go to Australia’s largest country music festival. I booked an interview at a radio station, and flew into Coffs Harbour, caught a ride to Tamworth, not knowing a soul, I ended up meeting almost every Australian artist that week, played 9 shows, sold 140 cds, and had the time of my life crashing on an air mattress at a stranger’s RV in the middle of the Outback. I can’t wait to return to this awesome festival and share my new album and songs with all my Australian friends! Why do I like it? Because it’s a snapshot of someone who lives their life for music.

Admittedly, there is a whole lot of variety to these arrangements and performances. First: Lee’s impressive band delivers rock solid playing. This is testament to hundreds of hours of rehearsal time no doubt. Second: Lee’s warm and sultry voice is the perfect fit for this writing style. Lee has the attributes required of an effective country singer. Third: Lee’s sound and amazing songwriting touch are as good as it gets. All songs are a skillful combination of modern country pop rock yet with a slight Georgia aftertaste that will remind you of the usual suspects from The Dixie Chicks to The Judds, Deana Carter, Kellie Pickler, and Lili McCann. Lee has the look but also the drive, creativity and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous behind the microphone. There’s also a unique quality to this catalogue that breaks the mold when compared to the mundane country pop-rock that’s been filling the airwaves lately. What am I trying to say well let me start by saying there is nothing fake and superficial about Erica Lee. Not every square inch is filled with musical ambience delivered under duress  but musical space this allows the music to breathe on its own and vocal passion that cannot be faked. Equally as impressive is how marketable this 13 song catalogue truly is. It covers so much ground and despite this it manages to not spread itself to thin across to many lines – nice touch. I’ve always said if you can play it a party, then it’s marketable. The music of Lee is extremely marketable – with a fresh Bluesy-Country-Pop-Rock sound that is passionate and entertaining. All 13 tracks will genuinely lift your spirits unlike most music you hear on the radio these days.

At first I did not like the album title, that is until I heard the song. Then I quickly changed my mind as it was not what I expected.

Let me go on record by saying this latest release from Erica Lee has no real notable weaknesses that I can hear. Her latest release “The South Will Rise Again” is an endearing album limited by nothing. I would imagine in time we will hear more from this vocalist originally from Georgia as the years unfold. Time will tell but I can honestly say this is one artist that is set up for marketable success down the road with respect to her vocal style and approach. All of this gives modern day Country-Pop-Rock well deserved wake up call.

Thomas Tucker approved by Heather Savage
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Rating: 8/10

March 12, 2014 in blog

All What’s Rock falls in love with Erica Sunshine Lee & “THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN”

Erica Sunshine Lee drops new album

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Erica Sunshine Lee – The South Will Rise Again

URL: http://www.ericasunshinelee.com/

About the Artist: Georgia based Erica Sunshine Lee just released her 5th release entitled “The South Will Rise Again” in 2014. Edgy, controversial titles, catchy and infectious melodies and hooks, genuine country music, with a variety of styles, subjects from love, heartache, tragedy, rebuilding of towns, hearts and southern pride integrated with unfiltered, raw southern sass  -well played!

Review: In this overly saturated market with a plethora of artists coming out of the woodwork, armed with nothing more than a PC, Microphone, a guitar and a crappy sounding CD – it’s nice to know there are a few artists out there that can still deliver music that will make your jaw hit the floor while plucking your heart strings at the same time. These new artists I speak of manage push music out to the world and much of it is, do I dare say substandard in nature. So enter Contemporary their Country-Pop artist, Singer/Songwriter Erica Sunshine Lee who just released her latest CD “The South Will Rise Again.” So what do artists like Stacey Kent, Jane Monheit, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, Terii Clark and Elaine Ellis have that Lee don’t? Not much if you ask me save the multi million dollars promotional machines and major record label support. Lee and her  band smash through the mold with her “party hearty” sound and amazing movements that will mesmerize both the novice and advanced listeners alike. “The South Will Rise Again” is shall I say amazing music that has deep seeded Americana-Country-Pop-Rock roots but also possesses elements of Soul and Blues. The playing skills of Lee’s band are all over the map but manage to never cross into “freak show” territory. But getting back to Lee – from head to toe she is a premier talent that makes this whole experience kind of special and memorable. Her voice is intoxicating and with her arsenal of players she gently takes you by the hand and leads you down a timeless yet impassioned 13 track journey. Right now after hearing Lee’s music I must say she is the quintessential female Country “good time” vocalist the world needs right now. I don’t say stuff like that often. She’s modest, young yet amazing, singing songs the way they were meant to be sung – confidently avoiding any over the top vocal “showboating”. Above all she’s just being herself. All in all The South Will Rise Again by Erica Sunshine Lee is a brilliant CD that has much to offer the listener. Apparently there are still a few composers, arrangers, musicians, and vocalists out there believe in playing music the way it is meant to be played.

Top Track: Tie between: Everyone Loves a Country Girl, Drinking for Two

Conclusion: Erica Sunshine Lee stands out from other artists in a good way within this overly saturated market. Her answer to mundane music is to deliver something unique and powerful. The music of Erica Sunshine Lee is comparable to a shot of Jack Daniels or a breath of country fresh air, with a highly soulful singing style. The strong suit of Lee is Lee herself – what you see is what you get. Good voice, red hot look, good artistic presence, passion and an amazing female spirit that defines Americana-Pop.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

by Sam Danielson edited by Mindy McCall. Approved by Michael Rand

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March 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

“Lee captures lightning in a bottle!” – Skope Magazine

Erica Sunshine Lee, The South Will Rise Again

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This the 5th studio release from Lee “The South Will Rise Again” by Georgia based Erica Sunshine Lee  is sure to be remembered as one of the classic female pop CD’s in recent memory. Its pure femme fatale magic the way it used to be, full of cautionary tales, passion and of course love’s mystery with a southern twang. So who is Lee anyway? Her music is hard to put in a generalized genre, but she incorporates elements of indie, rock, country, soul, folk, and even pop. Lee’s positive attitude along with her good time sultry sound, good pure look, conscious lyrics and high-energy stage presence radiate pure soul! When one hears Lee for the first time, it will take the listener from a culture of despair and deliver them to a culture of hope! Her music, along with her sweet and compassionate smile, combined with her angelic voice, will remind you of good times while taking you to another dimension of bliss & harmony. In my own words she’s a singer/songwriter who draws on life’s experiences from both the interior and exterior vantage point. Her musical narrative and impassioned lyrics deliver sincere and genuine vocal performances. From the first seconds of Track 1”Girls Night Out” to the final moments of “How Bout Them Dawgs” this CD hits on all cylinders with a powerful musicallandscape full of power and intrigue. One thing that impressed me the most about this album/band is the wide range of emotions Lee covers. There’s also a Bible Belt ambience that really sucks in the listener reminiscent of classic Lady Antebellum, Sheryl Crow, Shania Twain,Faith Hill, Le Ann Rimes and Carrie Underwood.

URL: http://www.ericasunshinelee.com/

Lee is backed up by some solid players and production folk giving her latest CD the highest potential for success. Despite this Lee does not have a vocal ability that will stop you in your tracks, though she does bring many other impressive skill sets to the table. This is her 5th release and she strikes me as a very hard working, consistent artist worthy of attention and praise. She is pre and genuine and does not look like a bit tainted by the grind of the business. Need I say more? The CD is professional grade any way you look at it. The instrumentation and tones give you that genuine feel of good music and writing from a generation ago is still alive. Lee has a strong visual and her voice sounds as if she was marinated in Southern charm. She also plays guitar and at times will remind you of Cheryl Crow. All members in her band are solid musically. Kudos goes out to the amazing songwriting – all songs are solid.

I always said you can sell what you don’t truly believe, Here Lee manages to capture lighting in a bottle that will ring true not only for older more experienced listeners but new ones as well. My favorite tracks: “Train Wreck”, Georgia for This”, All I Can Give” and the title track. “The South Will Rise Again” wraps up a well rounded 13 track set by Erica Sunshine Lee that delivers an interesting cross section of classic country-pop and female singer/songwriter. Despite this it is accessible to modern day listeners as well. How is this possible? Only an experienced artist armed with an honest, genuine, sincere approach can pull it off – that artist is Erica Sunshine Lee.

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Score – 8/10 Stars

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March 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

“GOOD TIME COUNTRY IS BACK: Erica Sunshine Lee” – Indie Music Digest

 

Erica Sunshine Lee's 5th studio album

Erica Sunshine Lee’s 5th studio album

 

CD REVIEW: Erica Sunshine Lee  The South Will Rise Again

by: Cyrus Rhodes

“good time country is back”

- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-

 Artist: Erica Sunshine Lee

Album: The South Will Rise Again

Label: Independent Artist
Website: http://www.ericasunshinelee.com/

Genre: Americana, Country,  R&B
Sounds Like: Melissa Etheridge, Alannah Myles, Deana Carter, Sheryl Crow, Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 7/10
Best Songs: The South Will Rise Again, Everyone Loves a Country Girl, All I Can Give

Weakness: More Vocal Mojo and vocal risk taking

CD REVIEW: 

Erica Sunshine Lee just released her latest release “The South Will Rise Again” in 2014. From songs about true love, broken hearts, and honest stories from her childhood, family life, to that famous “Walk of Shame”, she holds nothing back in her writings. It was common for the underage vocalist to sneak into bars to sing karaoke every night of the week after working 80 hours per week as the leading car salesman for 7 years. Whether she’s in her Cadillac driving across the US, touring internationally with her band, or writing songs in her living room, you can rest assured there’s a bright future for SUNSHINE.

The CD kicks things off with the “Girls Night Out” a rock steady intro groove that serves up rocked out guitar, well-crafted melody and reckless vocal presence from Lee. This first track is like an inviting welcoming mat and makes a great first impression upon the listener. Track 2 shifts gears a bit with striking “Georgia For This” rocking guitar driven follow-up piece that serves up impressive musical build, thought provoking lyrical content against a feel good vocal delivery from Lee. Track 3: “Everyone Loves a Country Girl” shows us even more songwriting brilliance from Lee. This piece showcases a impressive songwriting prowess, melodic vocal presence and well placed Americana instrumentation along the way. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical textures reminiscent of classic vocal acts as Melissa Etheridge, Alannah Myles, Deana Carter, Sheryl Crow, Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, Melissa Etheridge, and even Jewel. The music itself combines classic elements of R&B with an aftertaste of Soul and Contemporary Americana Country. The musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar. You will also notice lush layers musical instrumentation layered everywhere which besides the 4 piece standard includes Pedal Steel, Banjo, Fiddles, Harmonica, Accordion, Piano, Organ, impressive solo guitar, lush harmonies all built upon a thick as a brick rhythm section. The CD has some truly impressive moments on it showcasing impressive songwriting, world class instrumentation via Lee’s appealing Mezzo-Soprano. Zeroing in now on Lee – her voice goes down smooth as she makes the vital (singer to listener) with her swagger and persona. She also showcases a crystal clear vibrato. Her voice reminds me a lot of Reba Macintyre and Dolly Parton. Lee can hold your attention well during some of the CD’s solitary moments as well. Lee has a good look and sound and is one artist worthy of your attention and praise. All engineering aspects check out well. CD possess thick low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. From the heartfelt title track and “Train Wreck’ to defiant “Holler if You’re Blue Collar” and thought provoking “Maybe That’s when you’ll Notice” to jumpy ‘All my Bucks go to Starbucks” and rocking “Chunky Dunk” to melodic “All I Can Give” track this CD has something for juts about everyone. Track 10 “You Saved Me” features The Viper Creek band). CD ends with Track 13 “How Bout Them Dowgs” the prefect finale statement for a CD like.

 

All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. Lee needs to let loose a bit more within  the studio environment, take more vocal chances here and there and bring more vocal mojo to the table overall. She’s got it in her. She really needs to let it all hang out behind the glass and take more vocal risks. During the finale moments of her music she also needs to seize the moment and deliver more raw vocal power and emotion. Lee comes on a bit strong vocally during other segments and as a result fails to build her vocal performance as the song moves forward. Great vocalist build their performance so it’s compatible with the flow and ebb of the song.

 

From start to “The South Will Rise Again” is an amazing collection of songs from Erica Sunshine Lee. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really a weak piece on this entire catalogue. All pieces are short and sweet musical experiences, each one possessing its own signature groove, and musical personality to call its own. Erica Sunshine Lee is an infectious artist with a good look and sound. She knows how to write and sing you a powerful song and occupy a special place in your heart win the process. Looks like good time country is back.

 

Cyrus Rhodes