December 16, 2015 in blog

SOUTHERN AMENDMENT gets 9/10 star review!!

“Southern Amendment ranks as one of the best tough-nosed honkytonk releases to emerge in recent memory….”

Erica Sunshine Lee – Southern Amendment
SOUTHERN AMENDMENT
URL: http://www.ericasunshinelee.com/

Erica Sunshine Lee isn’t the sort of person who backs down from life. The five songs on her newest EP Southern Amendment are vital pages ripped from her life and fly high on the wings of her bluesy voice. Her collaborators are equal partners in the endeavor and fill the EP’s five tracks with unquestioned skill and authenticity. The production captures every nuance of the performance with an eye towards balance and rendering every note in a raw, visceral fashion. This isn’t studied, commercially calculated material – hailing from Georgia ensures that Lee’s attitude isn’t manufactured. She rages, pleads, threatens, and cajoles listeners with every bit as much power as any of the genre’s legendary names and has burgeoning songwriting talents to match.

The opener “Mud on My Boots” promises, on title alone, some kick out the footlights tribute to her Southern upbringing, but she undermines expectations with a blackly comedic tale about cheating leading to murder. It’s a strongly blues influenced romp with atmosphere to spare fueled by snaking slide guitar lines and brief eruptions of full blown rock guitar. “Another Sad Love Song” has a lightly cynical bite tempered by its tangible regret. One of the strengths in Lee’s songwriting is its clear-spoken poetry that plunges deep into emotional waters without ever masking its message in some strained, pseudo-poetic veneer. Lee turns towards ballad territory with the piano-driven “Leaving Atlanta” playing to her aforementioned strengths but expanding on them with a nuanced, profoundly emotive reading of another fine lyric. The drumming is an important piece of the puzzle that manipulates the changes for maximum drama.

“Girls with Guns” takes a decidedly darker turn musically and lyrically than any of the preceding songs. The moody instrumental atmospherics create a sense of menace without ever belaboring it too much. Lee’s vocal about defending herself from any potential attackers has deranged, wide-eyed appeal. The album’s final track, “Drinking and Praying”, takes its songwriting lessons from traditional country and hints at depths in Lee’s craft that earlier tracks scarcely hint about. The band weaves another mournful, blues soaked spell that Lee’s voice slinks through without a single stumble. The lyrical content is quite strong, but her interpretative powers elevate the song from a top shelf, regret-laced country weeper into a cry for repentance. Her phrasing is key to the quality of her singing performance.

Southern Amendment ranks as one of the best tough-nosed honkytonk releases to emerge in recent memory. There isn’t a single note of filler anywhere in these five songs and the added punch they gain from their rock and blues pedigrees surrounds them with surprising firepower. Erica Sunshine Lee isn’t just a pretty face – far from it. These five songs present her as a consummate performer and a songwriting near or at the peak of her creative powers.

9 out of 10 stars.

YOU TUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/elsunshine24

Lance Wright

December 7, 2015 in blog, featured

ERICA SUNSHINE LEE GOES PSYCHO!!!!

Watch Erica Sunshine Lee’s brand new music video filmed in Newcastle, Australia, for her 2nd pop single “PSYCHO”…


Music and lyrics written by Erica Sunshine Lee, produced by Mark Burch (Nashville, TN), and video directed and produced by Aussie Matt Gill.

October 22, 2015 in blog, featured

“Sunshine sounds like Lady A meets Leann Rimes w/ a dash of Faith Hill”

Southern Amendment is one release that certainly doesn’t disappoint. This is artist that brings to the table effective songwriting via a highly marketable musical delivery. This meshed with a one in a million country-rock sound and effective visuals and vocals makes for a very effective combination no doubt. Lee is just a breath away from modern folk or even singer-songwriter genera but skillfully and methodically never crosses the line into either realm. All songs are wonderfully simple but masterful in their overall arrangements. Very relatable and powerful stories, lyrics and subject matter. Music reminded me of a cross between Lady Antebellum and LeAnn Rimes with just a dash of Faith Hill. Mind you Lee is not just a pretty face, she is a very capable singer within her own right. During my research she is clearly doing all the right things as a Female country artist. This EP is quite entertaining overall with an amazing vocal front of Erica Sunshine Lee who is a musical triple threat in my mind. She is a world class songwriter; she has an amazing voice and has likeable appeal (visually and vocally). Her lyrical content is straight from the heart and offers a very strong and confident female perspective and spirit. This doesn’t mean many males won’t love her as well because I did. All song do exactly what they are meant to do via well-crafted movements and top tiered musicianship. The overall production value is superb with a crystal clear sound quality.

Most Marketable Tracks: Leaving Atlanta, Mud on my Boots, Girls with Guns.

Conclusion: Erica Sunshine Lee has proven herself again with this latest release. She is clearly an up and coming talent around Southern Georgia and all band members backing her up are clearly capable musicians. I must admit Southern Amendment sucked me in like a powerful drug and refused to let go long after the EP was over. This usually indicates he is something special about the artist or band in question. Thus deserving praise, recognition and musical fame at the international level.

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October 22, 2015 in blog, featured

“FEELS LIKE DESTINY: SOUTHERN AMENDMENT REVIEW”

“This this is not just a labor of lust and testament to the classic Sex, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll, it’s a sweeping voluminous record that hits on many levels. Lee has taken a page from the script of many mega artists and turned it inside out, inside out and quite literally breathed a whole new life into this style of music. Instead of dated sounding songs and an obvious homage paid to the music and musical ideals of the past this is an action packed blast from the past that goes everywhere from country to full tilt rocking blues, and even Americana-Rock. This latest 5 Track collection delivers an uncharacteristic fusion of melodic vocals, and rock solid musicianship and production techniques, with a limber rhythm section that keeps the music loose yet powerful… and HIGHLY addictive and hooky…”
Click here to read the entire article by VENTS MAGAZINE!

October 22, 2015 in blog, featured

Lee’s a breath of fresh air, robust, rugged, hard hitting, full and has character!”

“Lee’s vocals are a breath of fresh air; there are so many pop country female singers on the radio today that have super high registers and that yodel-like quality to their voices, not Erica Sunshine Lee. Lee’s voice is somewhat reminiscent of Shania Twain, it actually has presence to it, it is robust, rugged, and has way better performance in lower registers than most of the other female country singers on the market today. Instead of something airy and soft, Lee delivers a voice that is hard hitting, full, and most important to the sake of country music, sounds like it has actually been through the experiences the music talks about. What Lee’s vocals have in these tracks, no matter what type of song she is performing, is character. Modern country radio needs more character.” Click here to read full article:
http://www.bandblurb.com/erica-sunshine-lee/

– Owen Matheson, Band Blurb

October 21, 2015 in blog

“Not your typical cup of Raman Noodles Country…”ESL’s SOUTHERN AMENDMENT is on the other side of the Bell Curve!

“Whereas most musical production these days are like a cup of Raman Noodles, this one is on the other side of the Bell shaped curve.” – Indie Artists Alliance, Nathan Lang on Erica Sunshine Lee’s 6th album, “SOUTHERN AMENDMENT” – full article…
SOUTHERN AMENDMENT contains raw stories about going to great lengths to protect what’s yours, whether it’s your lover, your home or yourself. This album has interwoven morals of redemption and forgiveness, and Erica Sunshine Lee’s point of view on staying together, being a strong female, independence as she sets out on the road, and personal insights to how hard it can be to hold onto a relationship, through life’s ups and downs. This southern belle has the right to remain silent, but speaks the truth, and believes in protecting her man, herself, and her belief in God.
The Review: Track 1 “Mud on My Boots” is a kind of a soapbox statement offering a true blue Country-Rock swagger leading you head first into Track 2 “Another Sad Love Song” – both intriguing anthems, that just seem to go stay with you long after the pieces have ran their course. The EP as a whole does a nice job at offering a wide variety of playing styles; some slow, some even keeled, some raw. All tracks are a welcomed return of good country and r&7b driven pop powerful in recent years from the likes of Little Big Town and Pistol Annies. Also present: powerful elements of today’s Female driven modern country. My favorite tracks are the ones that are powerful like “Leaving Atlanta” with a ring of raw truth to it. All songs present effective vocal performances from Lee, as she has a good vocal appeal. Why does she keep reminding me of Miranda Lambert? Erica Sushine Lee “walks the walk” and “looks the part” as well. Bring in the combination of good playing, solid heartfelt vocals, amazing production value and you come to understand why…
http://www.indieartistsalliance.com/…/erica-sunshine-lee-s…/
-Nathan Lang

October 10, 2015 in blog, featured

“THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN” (post South Carolina Flood)Lyrics video

Y’all please DONATE to the flood victims if you can (or send water)…please share this, and keep the South Carolina victims in your prayers as they get through this hard time…many lost everything…
“THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN” – Erica Sunshine Lee

October 8, 2015 in blog, featured

“SOUTHERN AMENDMENT GETS 5 STARS!!!”

Artist Erica Sunshine Lee recently released her NEW EP titled “Southern Amendment” back in April of this year and I am very proud to write about this release. I realize that I’m a bit late with this review yet the EP is so good that I felt it was better late than never.

Erica is making a name for herself in country music not only as a performer but also a very gifted song writer. The EP has a total of 5 songs on it that I must admit are all worthy of your listening time and well worth the spend of just $4.95 http://www.ericasunshinelee.com/ via I-Tunes.

I’ve worked with and known numerous artist over the years that had good work ethic and knowledge of the industry yet Erica ranks at the very top, thus why she is one of the many “who to watch” in country music.

The EP has her usual traditional style and is characterized by productions that feel beautifully organic for each song with a true and honest country style and spirit. This is not to say they are all as openly organic as “Mud On My Boots” or “Drinking and Praying” and for proof look at the arrangement of “Another Sad Love Song”. 

Usually, one has right to be concerned about the quality of vocals on country albums today; however, one thing that can always be assured by Erica is regardless of whether it be a sorrowful ballad “Another Sad Love Song” she sounds excellent.

Two of the best tracks are “Mud On My Boots” and “Girls With Guns”. “Drinking and Praying” has the distinction of being the most real life track on the album with a pulsating tempo that lends a sense of forgiveness...click here to read the full article!

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September 30, 2015 in blog, featured

Gashouse Radio says Erica Sunshine Lee is “a breath of fresh air”

Erica Sunshine Lee – Southern Amendment

URL: http://www.ericasunshinelee.com/

“Southern Amendment” EP by Erica Sunshine Lee was released in 2015. This is her 6th Studio Album to date. Straight away it’s clear an EP like this delivers an imaginative return to classic Americana-Country sung to us by a beautiful female with a girl next door persona. Also present are Country-Pop-driven melodies with the better musical touches of Americana-Pop. Lee reminds me of a cross between Trisha Yearwood and more cutting edge Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert. Citing from her bio regarding this EP: SOUTHERN AMENDMENT contains raw stories about going to great lengths to protect what’s yours, whether it’s your lover, your home or yourself. This album has interwoven morals of redemption and forgiveness, and Erica Sunshine Lee’s point of view on staying together, being a strong female, independence as she sets out on the road, and personal insights to how hard it can be to hold onto a relationship, through life’s ups and downs. This southern belle has the right to remain silent, but speaks the truth, and believes in protecting her man, herself, and her belief in God.

Today’s music has many people feeling of bit of soullessness – how appropriate I get an EP like this. The album begins in hooky fashion with the magnificent grand slam opener ‘Mud on My Boots” which is a crisp raid on the senses, laden with hooks and impressive vocal delivery from Lee. The only surprise is that it wasn’t a single, as it is radio friendly of the highest order. ‘Another Sad Love Song” follows and is a pleasant journey through a wise life lesson. The harmonies beautifying what could have been a stark number.

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September 30, 2015 in blog, featured

NEW EP REVIEW for SOUTHERN AMENDMENT by MUSIC EXISTENCE

From the beginning to end “Southern Amendment” gives you a musical love/life anthem with a string of catchy songs and hooky “let it all hang out” vibe that will keep the listener entertained. Also present are messages that are uplifting and a vibe that is unmistakably vintage Erica Sunshine Lee….She provides and a warm and captivating vocal timbre overall. Country, Southern Fried Rock, Blues, and traditional Soul Rock even contemporary Singer/Songwriter. Some pieces I really like are the red hot opener “Mud on My Boots” with its amazing message, and “Another Sad Love Song” and “Guns with Girls” expand the possibilities for Lee as a possible radio hit in the making. If you like artists like Miranda Lambert to Faith Hill you will like Erica Sunshine Lee.
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