After the Georgia Theatre burned down June 19, 2009, Erica Sunshine Lee’s hopes of ever playing at this legendary venue were in ashes, and 4 short years later, the Theatre has been rebuilt, and she will be releasing her 5th album “THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN” at this risen legendary venue. Sunshine said “This is a monumental mark in my music career, and I’m so excited to co-bill with Daniel Lee Band, also of Georgia who will be debuting his new show for 2014. Kicking off the night will be my favorite female Georgia singer Ashley Rivera, who co-wrote my song “GIRLS WITH GUNS” just hours after I totaled my car when driving through the tornado in Adairsville earlier this year, January 31st. The horrible natural disasters that have destroyed so much of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Oklahoma over the past few years have been heavy on my heart, and this album is a tribute to all the people in the south who have come together to rebuild after such devastation. I love being from a small town and having southern heritage that represents centuries of southern hospitality, faith in God, and belief that helping other people is still a vital part of our human duty. The Otherside of Homer will also be performing, and I cannot wait to share this new album with all my friends and fans throughout the southeast, where I was born and raised in ‘The Granite Capital of the World,” 35 miles east of my favorite SEC team, The University of Georgia. My UGA fight song “How ‘Bout Them Dawgs” is on the new album, so I can’t wait to share this will all the other Bulldog fans!”
I know this is not the normal post that I write here, usually it’s about what photo sets I’ve been on and things like that, but I thought this girl deserved a whole post of her own. Miss Erica Sunshine Lee is a singer/songwriter that I had the pleasure of meeting a few weeks ago and I also was able to hear quite a few of her songs performed live. She is not only an incredible songwriter, but she is also a fantastic performer! More about that in a minute….
She is releasing her 5th album this Friday night at the Great American Music Hall (THAT’S HUGE!) and I needed to not only give her a shout out but also wanted to tell all of you San Fran peeps to get out there to her show on Friday night!!!
Like I said, I have had the pleasure of hearing quite a few tracks on this upcoming album and I am blown away by how she can write such deep, heartfelt lyrics that have you tearing at any heart string available and then in the next song you’re hit with a light-hearted melody perfect for any summer day. Her ability to relive a moment and share it’s intimate entirety with you, the listener, is a talent that isn’t seen often enough. She is also BRILLIANTLY talented at bringing the most comical situations to life and making them relate-able to just about any person on this planet and breathing. Read the titles of her songs and you may get what I’m meaning. She writes outside the box. Perfectly her. Perfectly refreshing.
I tell you all of this, because
1: you should absolutely check out her new album on itunes this Friday Nov. 29th
2: Buy tickets to her show (OR if you’re NOT in San Francisco, then buy some tickets for your friends as a gift and I PROMISE they will not be disappointed.)
3. If neither of those options are feasible for you, then check out this official music video and you’ll see how freaking adorable she is and then you’ll want to go to her show.
4. I just love supporting brilliant musicians who create the beautiful music that makes the world go round!
For more information about Erica’s music, photo’s, merchandise and tour schedule, please visit
Hardest Working Woman in Country Music Releasing Fifth Album BLACK FRIDAY, Nov. 29th, GAMH, San Francisco
International Touring and Recording Artist, Erica Sunshine Lee, releases her 5th CD, ‘The South Will Rise Again’. Kicking it all off with a party November 29th in San Francisco.
For Immediate Release, Nov 25, 2013 — Erica Sunshine Lee has been dubbed by many as “The Hardest Working Woman in Country Music”. Since the release of her fourth CD, she has been busy touring Australia and New Zealand. She also toured with Jack Ingram, David Allan Coe, ZZ Top, & Wayne Mills.
Erica is currently the #1 Country Artist on ReverbNation in her state Georgia. This Georgia girl was also the featured artist on ReverbNation.
Erica’s success is not limited to the United States, Australia and New Zealand. She currently has two singles on the European Country Charts, at number six with “What It Takes To Be A Country Man” and “Drinking and Driving Me Crazy”, currently at number twelve after just a few weeks on the charts.
“Despite still having years ahead of her, she’s already onto her fifth album, and is clearly a very hard worker who gives everything to the cause.” – Stuart Cameron, HotDisc Visit, firstname.lastname@example.org, United Kingdom
“Erica’s music is infectious for the masses, an example of a very well executed album that can appeal to the biggest country fan or the most casual radio listener. She’s full of depth, full of passion” Cliff Clinton, The Noise Beneath The Apple
We invite you out to experience Erica Sunshine Lee as she unveils her fifth CD, “The South Will Rise Again” on Friday November 29th at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, California.
For more information about Erica’s music, photo’s, merchandise and tour schedule, please visit http://www.ericasunshinelee.com
Review for Erica Sunshine Lee’s 4th ALBUM “I’m Still Me” - “Erica’s music is infectious for the masses, an example of a very well executed album that can appeal to the biggest country fan or the most casual radio listener. She’s full of depth, full of passion, and I imagine full of a lot more great albums to come.” – Cliff Clinton, E-zine Contributor/Blogger/Reviewer
“Please donate to Wayne’s family, wife Carol and son Jack to help out through this awful tragedy…just CLICK HERE TO DONATE!”
This is a horrible tragedy, and a loss I will never get over. Wayne was the person who linked me up to so many other musicians when I first came to town. He took a risk, wrote with me, got me up on stage with him, sang a duet on my album, and we toured together frequently. God bless him and his sweet family. – Erica Sunshine Lee
Alabama musician Wayne Mills shot and killed in bar fight in Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Multiple media outlets are reporting that Jerald Wayne Mills, frontman of the Wayne Mills Band, has died after being shot during a bar room altercation early Saturday morning.
“REASON TO LEAVE” duet written by Erica Sunshine Lee, duet featuring special guest WAYNE MILLS on her 4th studio album “I’m Still Me”, now available on iTunes.
Here’s the last song I wrote with Wayne Mills: WHISKEY BENT AND JAIL BOUND: Live from Alabama Line
“Somewhere it’s 4:20″ written by Erica Sunshine Lee and Wayne Mills
“The Truce” written by Wayne Mills, w/ Erica Sunshine Lee late night in Nashville outside Blue Bar
Review by Cliff Clinton, E-zine Contributor/Blogger/Reviewer
I got a chance to review Erik Smallwood’s album earlier in the week, and I noted that Erik’s new work walks the line between country and singer/songwriter. Then I was handed Erica Sunshine Lee’s 10 song album, I’m Still Me, and I thought, “Whoa.” Because Erica really brings that country twang; nothing radio or dramatized about it. I read through the titles as I started to listen; “Drinking and Driving Me Crazy”, “South in Your Mouth”, and many more that caught me off-guard. What have I signed up for? Before I had even really gotten into it, I had a stigma about it. And slowly, Miss Sunshine Lee stripped that impression away and provided a full album that was damn near solid in a style I was not prepared for.
It should be noted that Erica’s songs, are a great combination of interesting storytelling with a classic take on a genre, but not every single song is deep poetry. In fact, back to back songs “South in Your Mouth” and “Whipped Cream” are devices of simple fun summer songs that don’t contain much substance. They also don’t need to (disagree? Go listen to Toby Keith’s recent hit “Red Solo Cup”). Part of Erica’s flair is her bubbly personality. But she doesn’t rely solely on that; hell, it’s the reason I like her so much. She is totally capable of doing a full album about different food groups and habits and daily decisions that has no depth at all, and it would sell a whole lot of copies. (I’d hate it but not be able to resist it), because it’s catchy; and it’s that good. But she digs deeper. “HO in RIO” tells an interesting story about a cheating man; “Reason to Leave” is about a couple who blame themselves for a bad relationship, and “You Make Me Wanna Believe” talks about inspiration. Again, if you just told me the basic outlines for these songs, I’d scoff. But Erica Sunshine Lee absolutely goes full out and tells truly unique stories; in one of her most brilliant lines, the man with the “HO in RIO” asks her to perform a sexual act in the little bit of Portuguese he knows. Brilliant.
Erica Sunshine Lee’s album is about not judging a book by its cover. Country? I probably would keep browsing. Reading through some of the song titles? I definitely would.
But this is one of those albums I’ve listened to over and over by choice, in my spare time. Erica’s music is infectious for the masses, an example of a very well executed album that can appeal to the biggest country fan or the most casual radio listener. She’s full of depth, full of passion, and I imagine full of a lot more great albums to come.
Visit Erica at her site: http://www.ericasunshinelee.com
Download her new single “Without you I’m still me” now available on ITunes!
Editor’s Note: It was hard for me to choose just ONE video to share, but, I did. However, if you dig her country stylings, check Erica’s YouTube channel out–and by all means, buy her album! In the meantime, here’s Drinking and Driving.
COME TO “THE BEST MUSIC VENUE IN ATLANTA” to celebrate the Birthdays of Erica Sunshine Lee & Lindsey Hinkle on December 28th, performing at this intimate setting @ The Red Clay Theatre.
Lindsey Hinkle, age 28, is a self-taught musician armed with resonating lyrics that are filled with insight into the human condition, as well as haunting and penetrating vocals that seem to echo mercilessly inside your head. She has been writing and performing original material since age 13, and has opened for Shawn Mullins, Marc Broussard, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, Sugarland, Michelle Malone, Antigone Rising, and Sarah Bettens of K’s Choice among several others. In the summer of 2012 she opened for Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, and Thompson Square on the Charter Stage at Oak Mountain Amphitheater. Then, in 2013 she was asked to return to Oak Mountain to open for such acts as Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, Casey James, and Drake White. Earlier that same year she opened for Brad Paisley, Chris Young, and The Henningsens on the side stage at Aaron’s Amphitheater in Atlanta, GA. Lindsey also headlines regularly at Workplay Theater in Birmingham, AL, and Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA which are two of the most renowned venues in the southeast, She may be considered a regional act, but her draw is national.
Her lyrical ability is, undoubtedly, far beyond her years. This is repeatedly evident in songs such as “Whole,” where she candidly describes the agony of losing not only love, but the unexpected attachment to the two sons that came with it.
“A Spiderman sock rolled out of my jeans
too bad he can’t save me now.
There are crayons and Fruit Loops in my backseat
guess I should probably clean them out.
It was bad enough losing you
but it’s unbearable losing the other two
…though it’s not my blood running through their veins,
I hope they know I’m not to blame
and that I loved and love them more than life itself.”
At age 17, Lindsey won the Eddie’s Attic Open Mic Shoot Out in Atlanta, besting singer/songwriters with more than double her years’ worth of experience.
Atlanta’s ‘Creative Loafing’ magazine, in reference to Lindsey winning the Eddie’s Attic Open Mic Shoot Out, wrote:
” ‘Young Alabama-based singer/songwriter Lindsey Hinkle triumphed over a field of exceptionally strong semi-finalists to win the concluding round.’ ‘Blessed with exceptional beauty and a voice to match, Hinkle expertly accompanied herself on guitar, performing original songs such as “Rainy Monday,” with graceful lyrics and a wistful tone that would have been impressive from a composer twice her age.’ ”
Lindsey cites Patty Griffin, Sheryl Crow, Dolly Parton, John Mayer, Indigo Girls, Beth Hart and James Taylor as her primary musical influences. Lindsey’s style of both music and lyrics have often been compared to John Mayer by industry critics and professionals.
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Eddie Owen Presents Red Clay Theatre
3116 Main Street Duluth, Georgia 30096
Thanks so much to everyone who came out tonight to Eddie’s Attic, it was a fantastic show w/ Alabama’s incredibly talented singer/songwriter Lindsey Hinkle! Check out her music, she is amazing. We will also be playing a special show at the RED CLAY THEATRE on Dec. 27th, celebrating both of our Birthdays, so be sure you’re there! You won’t want to miss this talented and hilariously funny songwriter!
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