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Music Review - `Phil Lee & The Horse he Rode in On` by Phil Lee (dmc)

Phil Lee - Phil Lee & The Horse he Rode in On  (click on image to watch video)

 27 September 2019



Three chords and the truth is the adage to which Lee subscribes throughout this release. A former truck driver, a one-time roadie with Neil Young, and a veteran troubadour, Lee has led a colorful life. Recorded on the California Coast at Painted Sky Studios, this is a collection of songs from the heart and from this lifetime of adventures. 

Stephen Stills, as a sticker placed on the CD jokes “never actually appeared on this record,” but it does feature a pair of Neil Young’s long-time Crazy Horse mates: drummer Ralph Molina and bassist Billy Talbot. And, it’s not surprising that by having The Horse along for the ride lent itself to the overall vibe: a jagged and raw record that is far from polished. As Lee explained in one online interview that’s exactly what he was going for: “a record that was screaming not to be fixed.” 

The opener: “The Mighty King of Love” is a rockin’ remake of the title track from his 1999 debut. The song features keys from the legendary Barry Goldberg and offers poignant lyrics such as these: “I am the king of nothing/I’m mostly skin and bones/And of all the broken hearts I broke/I mostly broke my own.” Other songs that stick include: “No Exit Wound,” “Rebel in my Heart,” and “Party Drawers” a honky-tonk humorous duet with Molly Pasutti.

David McPherson

David McPherson - Author. The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern: A Complete History Dundurn Press (Sept. 23, 2017) 


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