- Artist: Erica "sunshine" Lee
- Album: The South Will Rise Again
- Label: Independent Artist
- Year of Release: 2014
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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.
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