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Beer Garden Sessions w/ Matt Woods and Adam Lee at Crowbar
January 16 @ 7:00 pm
Dynamic songwriters Matt Woods and Adam Lee are teaming up for a handful of dates this January. Thoughtful, engaging and entertaining, these shows will see the pair team up on a variety of material and also include stripped down solo performances. Here’s what folks have to say:
“Like Jason Isbell, another son of the South who bears a tenacious tone, Woods is in the vanguard of a country music’s feisty new generation. And in With Love From Brushy Mountain, he’s helping set the standard.”
“A debut disc that reflects a clear sense of agility and achievement… Adam Lee is one of those that deserves immediate attention.” — No Depression
Matt Woods’ introspective new album titled How To Survive is now available on Lonely Ones Records. This third studio album from Woods was written throughout the rigorous touring schedule he has maintained since the 2014 release of his With Love From Brushy Mountain album which garnered the songwriter national and international acclaim including accolades citing the album and it’s first single, “Deadman’s Blues,” at the top of several critics’ Best Of lists.
The self-produced How To Survive was recorded in Knoxville, Tennessee at Shed 55 Studios and features the talents of quite a few notable musicians such as Aaron Lee Tasjan on electric guitars, Jeremy Mackinder (Whitey Morgan and the 78s and Deadstring Brothers) on bass, Todd Beene (Lucero, Glossary, and Chuck Ragan and the Camaraderie) on pedal steel, Liz Sloan (Urban Pioneers) on fiddle, and Kevin Hogle (Fifth on the Floor and 500 Miles To Memphis) on drums. The album also features performances by Knoxville’s own Stevie Jones on keys and Sarrenna McNulty on backing vocals. Also making appearances on backing vocals are fellow songwriters Adam Lee and Jeff Shepherd.
A former honky tonk acolyte, Adam Lee’s newest album, ‘Sincerely, Me,’ turns traditionalism on its head. It’s a varied and engaging collection, criss-crossing genre and influence and bringing to mind artists such as Cory Branan, Justin Townes Earle, or John Moreland.
In support of the release he’s spent much of the past year on the road. He completed another European tour and played shows with Dave Alvin, Lucero, and Frank Turner.
Prior to landing in Chicago, Lee fronted Kansas City-based Adam Lee & the Dead Horse Sound Company, a scrappy alt-country outfit with traditionalist leanings. His time in the honky tonks paid off; he was nominated for Dale Watson’s Ameripolitan Awards and found homes for his country songs in writer/director Kevin Smith’s Red State and TUSK.
Following these successes, he moved to Chicago after being offered a leading role in the Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet, under the musical direction of Chuck Mead. It was at this point he began writing and recording the songs that make up ‘Sincerely, Me,’
All told, ‘Sincerely, Me’ is a strong and diverse debut. Roots-rock songwriter Justin Wells sums up this sentiment. “Somebody’s gonna file this album under Americana, but that’s because Adam Lee isn’t a genre… it nods at several American musics without knowing the meaning of derivative.”