Check out Erica Sunshine Lee's brand new OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO for her single "Taking The High Road", filmed in Bolinas, California by Sebastian Saint James, starring Rhyne Erde! See if you can spot the cool GREZ GUITAR!
By Chris Yow email@example.com
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at 11:18 AMUpdated Aug 28, 2017 at 11:21 AM
When Erica Sunshine Lee releases an album, the only question is not whether it will be full of great songs or not. The question is how good will the songs be?
The latest release from Lee is a Caribbean-vibe, Jimmy Buffet-infused country gold mine.
The only complaint is it was probably released a little late in the year. The summer song anthems “I’m a Pirate,” “Redneck Riviera” and “Mojitos” would have been must-listen music over the last two months. Though “Pirate” was released as a single earlier this year.
Nonetheless, the boot-tapping, feel-good tunes just flowed from Lee’s incredible songwriting mind.
This, her 8th studio album, is just further proof the hardest working woman in country music refuses to stop being a genius. Rarely lauded for her work in bigger circles, she’s built a strong contingent of fans from Key West to San Francisco. We know this because that’s the two cities where she plays about half the year.
While “Buried Treasure” is full of island-infused music, Lee doesn’t leave her traditional/90s country sound off the album. She knocks it out of the park with both “You’ve Got Me” and “Like A Record”.
She has a way of making a neo-country sound transform into something a fan of Pam Tillis or Faith Hill would love, while also making women who love Lauren Alaina or Miranda Lambert enjoy the songs as well.
In her album’s final track, she included a song released long ago as a single entitled “I Do”. If you think it sounds like a wedding song — it is. And the best part is it’s a really good wedding song. No question it’s appropriate for any wedding march or first dance.
All-in-all, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better, more diverse album than this one right now.
Key West TO Cali & Back...Jan. - July 2017
Man, has this year been a whirlwind!!!! It all began in January when I kicked the year off at Athens, Georgia's Georgia Theatre, then hit the road to California, stopping through Denver & Colorado Springs, Colorado...an obvious destination for this tour. When I arrived in California, I performed in Lake Tahoe's nearby cozy village historical Truckee @ Cottonwood (amazing food and great restaurant) where the snow storm caught me and nearly had me snowed in. I made it down to the Bay Area, slowly but surely and spent a few weeks performing around Northern California at breweries, wineries, and finished recording some vocals in my friend and vocal producer Matt Cohen's San Rafael studio.
In February, I took a mini-vacay to Thailand (my 3rd trip there) with two of my best friends, and spent 3 weeks traveling all over the country on a crazy adventure. I visited Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Patong, Phuket, Phi-Phi, Koh Samui, and got to go scuba diving for the first time in Koa Tao!!! The hiking, temples, and amazing food were some of the highlights, but the best part about this country is the generous and happy people!
When I returned to the states in March, I hit the ground running performing in California's East Bay at Cali Craft Brewery and Modesto's Other Place...then it was back to Nashville! I got the opportunity to see Martin Sexton live, and was blown away by his amazing vocals and entertained by his incredible personality at the City Winery in Nashville. I headed back into the studio with my buddy and producer Mark Burch (plays keys for Billy Currington), and we finished tracking some new songs for the upcoming album "Summer Fling," "Make A Move," and "Carolina Shore," where I played Ukelele for the first time on an album!
After playing in Georgia late April and early May with my band, including former Sugarland member Mark Van Allen on pedal steel, I ventured off back to one of my favorite places in the world: KEY WEST, FLORIDA! Early May, I performed all over town during the Key West Songwriters' Fest, including venues The Perry Hotel, Sandbar, Island Dogs, Sunset Pier, Hog's Breath Saloon, & The Waterfront Brewery. I got to share the stage with the amazing Dave Kennedy and Kristen Kelly, as well as see incredible songwriters like Jack Ingram, Skye Claire, Lance Carpenter, Dave Gibson, Bob Dipero, and more...
I hit the road back to East Tennessee to perform a private event, then drove back to the west coast mid May, performing all over from Reno, Lake Tahoe, Petaluma, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Sonoma, Petaluma, Santa Cruz, Soquel, Los Gatos, Mountain View, South San Francisco, and many more...I even got to take some days to hike up in Lake Tahoe, Pescadero, Woodside, Santa Cruz Mountains, Marin County, San Francisco, and enjoyed sailing in Santa Cruz!
I'M SO EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE, I PRODUCED RAEGAN WILLIS' DEBUT EP ALBUM "LIKE-MINDED STRANGERS" now available on iTunes, Cdbaby, Apple Music, and Google Play!!! On May 19, 2017, the album was released, and I was so excited to not only write 5 songs for this amazing East Tennessee breakthrough artist, and this is the first record I've produced besides my own. I'm very honored to have written all 5 songs on the record with my good friends Karleen Watt, Samantha Stroh and Linde LaChance.
Tracks include: 1. Like-Minded Strangers (Lee/Watt), 2. Can't Say No(Lee/LaChance) 3. I Wish I Was Drunk (Lee/Watt) 4. You Can't Hurt Me Anymore (Lee) 5. Loving This Love (Lee/Stroh)
Late June, the Taking the High Road Tour took me out to eastern California's beautiful scenic Mammoth Lakes, where I got to hike and see some of the most beautiful lakes and areas of the world. This was my first time here, and my buddy Ryan booked me to play at his big 50th Birthday Party at the Side Door Wine Bar, and it was an epic night! I even had "Sammy," a character from Days of Our Lives in the audience!
I piled up the Subaru once again and drove back east to Illinois where my band from Nashville met me for a fun midwest run in the summer. We kicked things off at the Marina in Holiday Shores, Illinois, about 45 minutes east of St. Louis, and we had local singer/songwriter Joshua Stanley open for us. It was the first time I'd ever made an entrance to a gig via Pontoon Boat! Afterwards, we cruised up to southern Milwaukee suburb to perform on an 8000 acre wheat farm, and perform at a lovely couple's rehearsal dinner party, under a magical tent filled with more food than a Georgia family reunion in the summer, and we had a blast! The beautiful couple had everybody dancing, and I got to play them my wedding song "I Do" so they could dance to it. July 1 came quickly, and my band made it up to the small town of Gays Mills, Wisconsin and we performed at the Annual Stump Dodger Bash, opening for Matt Austin, where Sarahbeth, Brecken Miles, and Nick Hickman also performed! The weather was perfect, and we were out in the pines under the stars, and I got to meet some amazing people who were all very supportive, even tried some homemade wine made by a local with NO SULFITES! ;) They claim no hangover...
Next, we had the opportunity to perform again up in Sarona, Wisconsin, out in another green beautiful John Deere field with the most amazing view for hundreds of acres, with a silo in the backdrop marking the Perlick Vodka Distillery, where they produce Yeoman's Vodka. Show at Rummel's Tap was my 2nd annual performance, and I hope to be back there again next year!
My band made it back down alive, after I ran out of gas, (okay, stupid move I know, however, South Dakota just doesn't have enough stations by the highway!!!) and showed up back home to Nashville for the 5th day this year, just in time to write a few songs with one of my favorite singer/songwriter's Baker Grissom, Alyssa Jacey, and Madison Grace, and get to the NAMM Show, meet Miranda Lambert, Jon Pardi, and my favorite songwriter of all time Jason Isbell!!!! I've never been so star-struck in all my life! He's seriously genius, and now has his own Signature Martin Guitar, and just released one of the most amazing albums "THE NASHVILLE SOUND." I am so obsessed with this amazing collection of rockers, ballads, and mid tempo feel good songs, encompassing the lyrical prowess of a John Prine meets Willie Nelson status...I can't stop listening!
I went back into one of my favorite recording studios on music row: Catch This Music, and Buddy Hyatt is truly one of the most genuine and experienced produced in Music City. With the assistance of him on keys, Brent Mason on Electric Guitar, Steve "Skank" Hinson on Pedal Steel, Bobby Terry - Acoustic guitar, Mark Beckett on drums, and Jimmy Carter on the Bass, I had the A team rocking out my 3 latest recordings and new songs to get ready to release my 8th album...with a little "Redneck Riviera," "Mojitos," and "Love at 100 Degrees," I believe the album is finally a wrap! I headed over to newest Dad in Nashville, Zach Allen's studio to finish up vocals, in between the crazy Namm showcase, and was also able to hang out with the amazing Barry Grzebik, owner and Luthier of Grez Guitars! Barry is a friend from northern California who makes his magical axes in Petaluma, combining salvaged redwood trees for the beautiful tops and Honduran Mahogany to create these lightweight 5lb. beauties that sound as rich and gorgeous as they look!
I also got to stop by the Breedlove Booth and meet some of the staff there!!! I'm excited this year I am officially a Breedlove Artist!! Click here for the OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!
I'm back in Key West this week, ready for some more fun in the sun, and more inspiration for new songs! This place always makes me smile, and I love the people, venues, and scenery here...oh and don't forget the "Mo-mo-mo-mo-mo-mo-mo-mo mojitos!)
AS ALWAYS, ADD ME ON BANDSINTOWN so you don't miss a show near you!
www.facebook.com/EricaSunshineLee for the latest and greatest updates on my #takingtheHighRoadTour
Erica Sunshine Lee releases 7th album 'ELIXIR' and kicks off her 'Taking the High Road Tour,' beginning near her hometown in Athens, Georgia at the Georgia Theatre on 1-7-17. Sunshine treks to Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Nevada and California in January 2017.
Download Erica Sunshine Lee's 16 brand new penned songs on her album ELIXIR now on iTunes (CLICK HERE) and on Google Play(Click here) & request her brand new single on country radio "Mustard Seed" on your favorite country radio station! (Including tracks co-written with Johnny Garcia, Danielle Peck, Karleen Watt, Jessica Nixon, Corban Calhoun, Chad Wilson, and the late great Outlaw, Wayne Mills.)
Don't miss a show near you! www.EricaSunshineLee.com/tour
Add Erica Sunshine Lee on BandsInTown so you don't miss her show in your neck of the woods!
"The seventh album from Erica Sunshine Lee, Elixir, is another scintillating entry in the Georgia-born singer/songwriter’s growing catalog of Deep South musical achievements. The best thing about Lee as a performer and recording artist, oddly, isn’t her intense identification with her heritage and regionalism – instead, it’s that she can retain these important personal qualities while still writing and performing music that extends far past the confines of her autobiography. The fifteen songs on her latest album will win her new converts and strongly resonate with the growing fan base she’s accumulated with each new release. She’s equal parts playful, whip smart, introspective, sexual, and always intensely musical...." click here for the full article.
"The southern flavor of this collection is impossible to ignore. It would be even if Lee didn’t make a big deal about her regional roots. However, none of the regional flavor heard in Erica Sunshine Lee’s music prevents listeners from different areas getting into her music. The subject matter of her songwriting has universal appeal and even her most personal concerns have an overarching common theme of humanity that any feeling person will respond to." - Click here for the full article!
VALHALLA MUSIC BLOG:
"If listeners expect Erica Sunshine Lee to be slowing down after seven albums, they are quite mistaken. Her seventh studio release Elixir is a fifteen song set that finds her as inspired and committed to great music as ever before. Her voice has an imposing amount of gusto on every song and it isn’t difficult to imagine her wanting to slump into a deep chair and rest, covered in sweat, after every performance. This sort of commitment to getting a song across to the audience and communicating isn’t easy to find in the modern landscape. Erica Sunshine Lee sounds like she is with every word on Elixir and, regardless if she’s singing about Jesus or drinking, she brings a tremendous amount of passion to bear and more than a little musicality. The result is a collection that’s sure to entertain longtime fans of the genre, but likewise will reach across the musical boundaries and draw fans into the music who might not otherwise listen to country or its rock influenced variations..." Click here for the full article.
Erica Sunshine Lee has been making a steady climb towards widespread stardom for some time now and the rewards have been ample. She is constantly working as a musician and songwriter making numerous live appearances across the nation and internationally while maintaining an active recording career that has produced seven studio albums. Her most recent release Elixir is an impressive sixteen song effort that reinforces her strengths while showing as many sides as possible to this versatile performer on the widest possible canvas. Some of these tracks are raucous, some thoughtful, and others concentrate on her deceptively expansive skills as a storyteller within the country music condition. There’s something in the water down south and it’s definitely seeped into every part of Erica Sunshine Lee’s being. http://newsroom.indiemunity.com/2016/12/erica-sunshine-lee-elixir/
Erica Sunshine Lee’s songwriting and performing style is wonderfully dramatic and can’t help but be filled with the myriad of contrasts in her own character. She has tremendous vim and vigor, a rock and roll spirit that loves passionately and wants to raise a little hell. She’s also enormously sentimental about her upbringing and has a strong connection with the spiritual side of her personality. The musical arrangements and backing accompanying Elixir’s fifteen songs are largely cut from the classic country cloth, but many of them are further enlivened by rock music’s influence over her musical imagination. She has deceptively flexible talents as a singer – Lee’s equally at home with the rockier material as she is the country and her ability to emote and dramatize her lyrical content never wavers...(Click here for the full article: http://gashouseradio.com/2016/12/erica-sunshine-lee-elixir/ )
Erica Sunshine Lee is a musical powerhouse who’s earned a tremendous amount of respect over the course of six studio albums and thousands of live performances but, despite those enormous achievements, she hasn’t yet completely realized her unique talents. It changes with the release of her seventh studio album Elixir. The follow up to 2015’s Southern Amendment has every bit as much swagger as Lee’s earlier work, but there are other areas where she shows real growth as a performer and songwriter. There are a small assortment of ballads among the album’s fifteen songs that approach that songwriting style from varying points of view, bluesy country rockers borrowing liberally from the past yet infusing it with a touch of the personal, acoustic singer/songwriter styled material, and highly atmospheric numbers that show greater artfulness than Lee has shown before. The production has a visceral quality engaging the listener on every song.... ( Click here for the full article: http://www.bandblurb.com/erica-sunshine-lee-elixir/ )
Erica Sunshine Lee is both an artist and a performer. The fifteen songs on her latest studio release Elixir cover a big range of personal experiences and points of view. She wrestles with faith, substances, and her emotions, but she also exults in each of these things at certain points. She indulges a love for storytelling that likely runs through her Georgia blood and proves herself quite capable of bringing an assortment of hard luck voices and characters to vivid life thanks to the quality of her voice and the top notch musical collaborators she’s surrounded herself with. Seven studio albums and countless live performances over the years have honed Lee’s talents to a fine edge – a jagged, soulful edge. Longtime fans and potential new ones will be bowled over by the level of quality and superb production on this release. (Click here for the full article: http://razorfishreviews.blogspot.com/2016/12/erica-sunshine-lee.html )
CARLITA'S MUSIC BLOG:
Elixir, the follow-up to her last studio album Southern Amendment, is another stellar entry in Erica Sunshine Lee’s growing discography of top flight rock infused country music. The fifteen songs on her latest album veer from raucous country rockers with a bluesy spirit all of the way to spiritually minded songs that brood over her connection to higher powers and His place in her life. Stylishness pervades over both types of songs. The raucous country rockers are never too dumbed down; Lee and her accompanying musicians play those cuts with skill and a generous amount of inspiration considering that the songs aren’t particularly taxing from a technical point of view. Enthusiasm for what you’re playing is irreplaceable. The spiritual songs never beat listeners over the head with their convictions; instead, they come from a much more personal place and have no real agenda beyond communicating the performer’s heart. The album’s overall production gives these songs an excellent presentation that gives Elixir a virtual guarantee to please the hardcore devotees while positioning itself to appeal to a much larger audience....click here for the full article: (http://carlitosmusicblog.blogspot.com )
Erica Sunshine Lee hits her radio tour hard in 2017 with her brand new single "Mustard Seed" off of her 7th studio album "ELIXIR." Sunshine tells the story behind the song:
"When I saw my cousin and her husband struggle for over 5 years trying to have a baby, it was heartbreaking, but to see their faith remain strong throughout the ups and downs was one of the most inspiring testimonies I've ever seen. I heard that doctors had told them for years they wouldn't be able to have a baby, yet they never gave up hoping and praying for a miracle. Now, they have not only 1, but 2 healthy baby boys, and it just proved to me more than ever, God is still listening, and can bless us through tragedies, and anything is possible through Him with even just the faith of a mustard seed." - Erica Sunshine Lee
Thanks to these Country Radio Stations for your support of Erica Sunshine Lee's "Mustard Seed TOUR"
- Atlanta, Georgia - Moby in the Morning (http://www.mobyinthemorning.com/store/) #mobyinthemorning
- Bowling Green, Kentucky - WGGC (http://www.wggc.com) #wggc
- Clinton, Missouri - KDKD (https://www.facebook.com/KDKDRadio/) #kdkd
- Elberton, GA - WSGC (http://wsgcradio.com) #wsgc
- Evansville, Indiana - WKDQ (http://wkdq.com) #wkdq
- Hampton, Iowa - KLMJ (http://raddio.net/242172-klmj/) #klmj
- Key West, Florida - WXKW (http://thexkeywest.com) #wxkw
- Liberty, NY - Thunder 102 (http://www.thunder102.com) #thunderheads
- Mason City, Iowa - 98.7KissCountry (http://987kisscountry.com)
- Mason City, Iowa - KIA FM (https://www.facebook.com/939thecountrymoose/)
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin - KTI Country (http://www.kticountry.com) #KTIcountry
- Oskaloosa, Iowa - KBOE (http://www.kboeradio.com) #kboe
- Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin - WQPC (http://www.wqpcradio.com/q94/) #wqpc
- Russellville, Arkansas - KCJC (http://www.rivercountrykcjc.com) #kcjc
- Sikeston, Missouri - B979 (http://www.b979.net) #b979
- Warrenton, Missouri - KFAV (http://www.kfavradio.com) #kfav
- Colorado Springs, Colorado - Mountain Country (http://www.mymountaincountry.com)
- *Conyers, Georgia - http://www.Just4funradio.com - #just4funradio
- *Jennings, Louisiana - http://hleradio.com #hleradio -
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR SUNSHINERS!
DOWNLOAD MY NEW CHRISTMAS SONG "OH DEER" @ http://cdbaby.com/cd/ericasunshinelee23
Thanks for your support this year, I’m so lucky to share this adventure with you! In 2016, I toured in 41 of the 50 states, (Sorry Nebraska, Alaska, Hawaii, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virginia, Michigan, South Dakota! I’ll try to come see y’all real soon!)
My 7th album ELIXIR is officially out! ORDER YOUR PERSONALIZED COPY TODAY @ www.EricaSunshineLee.comor just reply to this email to have yours in time for CHRISTMAS! Makes a great stocking stuffer for every music lover with 16 brand new songs I wrote (some drinking, some partying, a little Jesus and a little Georgia..something for everyone)! Thanks to Danielle Peck, Karleen Watt, Chad Wilson, Johhny Garcia, Corban Calhoun, Jessica Nixon and especially the late great Wayne Mills, I miss you man!
Available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/elixir/id1172912821
In 2016, we recorded some brand new music videos:
“I’M A PIRATE”: (in Key West, Florida by Docklight Productions)
and my latest Lyrics video for my brand new single on Country Radio: “MUSTARD SEED”
(Request “Mustard Seed” now on your local country station!)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Don't miss a show near you! Erica Sunshine Lee's "Taking the High Road Tour"continues to Georgia, Tennessee, Colorado and California late 2016 and early 2017!
Dec. 21 - The Blue Bar 7:30pm (Nashville, TN)
Dec. 21 - Dawghouse Saloon 9:30pm (Nashville, TN)
Dec. 22 - Atlanta Midtown Renaissance Hotel 5-7pm (Atlanta, GA)
Dec. 30 - Atlanta Renaissance Waverly Hotel 5-7pm (Atlanta, GA)
Dec. 31 - Wedowee Marine South 8:30pm (Wedowee, AL)
Jan. 3 - Atlanta Airport Marriot 7-9pm (Atlanta, GA)
Jan. 5 - Atlanta Renaissance Hotel 5-7pm (Atlanta, GA)
Jan. 6 - Perk Ave. 7:30pm -10pm (Madison, GA)
Jan. 7 - THE GEORGIA THEATRE 8pm *ALBUM RELEASE PARTY with BAND! (Athens, GA)
Jan. 19 - Cottonwood 7pm (Truckee, CA)
Jan. 20 - **TENTATIVE Sauced 9:30pm (Sacramento, CA)**
Jan. 21 - Sauced 9:30pm (Livermore, CA)
Jan. 25 - Lagunitas Brewing Co. 4:20-7:30pm (Petaluma, CA)
Jan. 26 - Smiley's Schooner Saloon 8pm (Bolinas, CA)
Jan. 27 - Cali Craft Brewery 5-8pm (Walnut Creek, CA)
Jan. 28 - Mullins Bar and Grill 5-8pm (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Jan. 31 - Davenport Roadhouse 6-9pm (Davenport, CA)
Feb. 3 - Lagunitas Brewery 4:20 - 7:30 (Petaluma, CA)
Feb. 4 - Hopmonk Tavern 4:20 - 7:30pm (Sonoma, CA)
*What did you accomplish in 2016? Send me your bucket list!!!! Any new year’s resolutions?
IN 2016, I was fortunate to…
- Go parasailing in Key West 3 times!
- Ride the SkyView Ferris Wheel in Atlanta.
- See Cirque Du Soleil in Vegas.
- Go see the Grand Canyon.
- Ski at Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe, CA.
- Hike a beautiful waterfall hike on the beach in Bolinas, CA.
- Drive from California to Key West, to Wisconsin, California, back to Key West, Maine and then back to Key West…and I’m still alive!
- Get Proudly endorsed by BreedloveStringedInstruments, RELOVED LEATHER, SplatterPallette, YogaStatement,
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
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.
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.
"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!
"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
"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
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!
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.
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.CLICK HERE for full article!
Erica Sunshine Lee's brand new single "I DO" is now available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and across the world.For your personal copy, paypal $.99 to firstname.lastname@example.org and receive your DOWNLOAD Directly! "A sweet, sincere love song, that can be enjoyed at any style wedding around the globe." written by Erica Sunshine Lee, Produced by Mark Burch, Photo by Susan Munroe, & Artwork by Jerry Holthouse.
This, Lee’s fifth studio album, may only be a five song EP, but every song on it is worth two in today’s world of female-less country music. Her hard-hitting lyrics mixed with attitude and fun make Lee one of the most successful independent female artists in country music. In 2014, she was named Georgia’s Female Artist of the Year, and this EP only justifies that accolade.
The first track of Southern Amendment is “Mud on My Boots”, a girl-gone-bad song of which many females can relate. The lyrics tell the story of a woman who finds her man and another woman cheating, but rather than be angry at her boyfriend/husband, she takes her anger out on the woman. “There’s two more bricks at the bottom of the lake…I got mud on my boots, blood on my hands, ain’t nobody gonna take my man” suggests she has given the woman a pair of new shoes – of the cement brand. Later in the song we learn she was caught in the act, and met her maker at the end of a 9-mm handgun before taking her final resting spot at the bottom of the lake.
The next song tells of a love on the rocks, but Lee is fighting to keep her love alive as much as the couple is fighting with one another. Becoming “Another Sad Love Song” is the where the relationship is headed, but not if she can help it. The lyrics take over in this one, and they don’t disappoint, “Here we go again, breaking up and then make amends. Knuckles turning white, I’m holding on for dear life…” hints that she’s holding on as tight as rodeo cowboys do their bulls. Based on the fact nobody thinks they’re gonna make it, if the love lasts longer than 8 seconds, she can call it a success.
Track 3 slows us way down, and Lee shows off her demanding vocals in “Leaving Atlanta”. Her smooth tone takes us on the trip from Atlanta to her destination in California. Her southern twang comes out most in the bridge, and the perfection is reminiscent of Sara Evans. This song keeps you coming back to it for those special vocals.
Picking up the pace a little bit in “Girls With Guns”, Lee takes us back to her attitude side. She really likes 9-mm handguns, apparently. “With aim like this, who needs mace?” Lee asks. I’m sure many women in the South can relate to their father teaching them to hunt and defend themselves. The guitar solo comes in just as the story progresses to someone breaking into the home, and the song climaxes when she gives the intruder one last warning:
“Don’t mess with Texas or girls with guns.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE...
DOWNLOAD My BRAND NEW "SOUTHERN AMENDMENT"!!!http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ericasunshinelee11 Featuring BRAND NEW SONGS: 1. MUD ON MY BOOTS 2. ANOTHER SAD LOVE SONG 3. LEAVING ATLANTA 4. GIRLS WITH GUNS 5. DRINKING AND PRAYING
Thanks to Ashley Rivera for co-writing "GIRLS WITH GUNS" & Kirstie Marie Lovelady for co-writing "DRINKING AND PRAYING" Special thanks to Gregg Lohman on drums, Mark Burch for producing and engineering the album, Buddy Hyatt for producing "Leaving Atlanta", Kelly James Schoenfeld for engineering "Leaving Atlanta", Chip Martin for producing, engineering and playing Guitar/Bass on "Another Sad Love Song", Mark Le Mon for the photography, Miranda Caroligne for the awesome wardrobe, Stephanie Rjaile for makeup, & Jerry Holthouse for the album artwork! #southernamendment #ericasunshinelee #saladgate #femalecountryartist #gacountry #girlsWithGuns #leavingAtlanta #mudonmyboots #drinkingandpraying #anothersadlovesong