Erica Sunshine Lee – The South Will Rise Again
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.
Karen Johnson. Approved by Mindy McCall
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