FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUSTIN-BASED “BREAKUPS” SONGWRITER BETH LEE TAKES ON A SUNNIER CYNICISM ABOUT LOVE WITH SOLO LP, WAITING ON YOU TONIGHT
(FEBRUARY 12, 2021)
Her First Project With Producer Vicente Rodriguez Of Chuck Prophet
Austin, TX— Four years after the release of her critically lauded album, Keep Your Mouth Shut, with her roots rock ‘n’ roll band Beth Lee & The Breakups, Lee has stepped outside her Texas comfort zone to record her fourth album in the East Bay area of California. Having toured with the support of legendary Texas blues guitarist Chris Duarte over the past several years, Lee sought to explore another avenue of her songwriting abilities. Still seen through the same Americana filter that represents her past releases as Beth Lee & The Breakups, Waiting on You Tonight utilizes even more of Lee’s diverse influences, from her nineties love of the ethereal vocals of Hope Sandoval, to the pop-friendly melodies of sixties girl groups, the southern soul of Stax Records, and the unrestrained originality of contemporary Americana artist Nicole Atkins.
Produced by Chuck Prophet drummer Vicente Rodriguez, the 11 song LP exposes an intimate side of Lee’s lyrics and vocal delivery. Rodriguez, Chuck Prophet guitarist James DePrato, and multi-instrumentalist Julie Wolf (Ani DiFranco) create a muscular low end layered with influences from sixties soul, pop, new wave, punk, country, and rock ‘n’ roll. The album's title track “Waiting on You Tonight” was released just before the music scene lockdown in March; it "shows a more vulnerable side to Lee’s heartworn tales, without sacrificing the fire or grit fueling the sound.” (Laurie Gallardo, KUTX).
Lyrically, Lee attributes the inspiration for many of the songs to her struggles in a long-term relationship - a relationship that inspired her band name, the “Breakups”, as well as the title track, “Waiting on You Tonight”. “Waiting on You Tonight”, written in 2006 at the beginning of her relationship, became the theme of the new record. The songs show an optimism that had been hidden on previous albums, which featured tracks such as “I Don’t Care” and “You Can Be Replaced”.
Lee ascribes the musical direction of the record not only to Rodriguez, but to her musician father. Having formed her first band in 2008 with her bass player father, Lee adopted his love for Stax, sixties R&B, and fifties rock ‘n’ roll. These influences can be seen in “It Was Enough”, a track reminiscent of the Ronettes, and in “Understand Me”, a song that could have been on any sixties soul record. Rodriguez puts his California stamp on “Playing Along” with its Beach Boys-sounding doubled vocal track, and on “Four-Letter Name” with its laid-back Doug Sahm/Bobby Charles groove. The track most heavily influenced by Rodriguez, however, is “Waiting on You Tonight”. Originally intended as a slow waltz, Lee and Rodriguez played around on an acoustic the night before they went in the studio, and came out of the studio with an edgy rock tune.
Waiting on You Tonight is the culmination of 14 years of musical and emotional influences in Lee’s life. Since moving from Houston to Austin at the age of 19 to attend college, she has been playing her evolving blend of blues, country, soul, and rock 'n' roll in the studio and onstage with a handful of Capital City’s best. In addition to her knack for delivering an honest, soulful performance - whether it’s an intimate solo show or an uptempo rock ‘n’ roll show - Lee has made her case for her strength as a songwriter. “Beth Lee can break hearts and have hers broken. Either way, she can write a seriously eloquent song about it”. - John Conquest, Third Coast Music Magazine
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