Julie Lee

Julie Lee

Nashville, Tennessee, USA
SoloFolkSinger/Songwriter

"Julie Lee' beautiful voice and beautiful heart make for an extraordinary combination of lyrics and melody that has the ability to touch each and every one of us"
- Alison Krauss

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Biography

Julie Lee will release her eighth, and most artistically imaginative album, Till and Mule on November 19, 2013. The last project released by the lauded songwriter and mezzo-soprano, Julie Lee and The Baby Daddies, was praised for its southern roots instrumentation with jazz undertones. For this album, however, Lee chose artist and composer, Aaron Roche as her co-producer to help her create a completely different, sonically visual landscape and unique new body of work.
Over the years, Julie Lee’s voice and songwriting talents have been in high demand on various projects, including those of Sarah Siskind, Will Kimbrough, Jars of Clay, Peter Cooper & Eric Brace, Thad Cockrell, Over The Rhine, Alison Krauss, Pam Tillis, Ron Block, Mark Erelli, Mark Newton & Dave Peterson, and many others.

Julie writes about Upcoming November 2013 release:
"Till and Mule":

“Several of these songs came to me in an unusual way. Till & Mule, the title track, came after digging in the dirt in my garden and then driving through the midwest while on tour. Each has a sense of place...a landscape. One, a mountaintop North Carolina ; Another, my home here in Nashville, and another; a road along The Brandywine River in Pennsylvania that I used to know like the back of my hand. I could go on and on but that would leave me no stories to tell.
Artistically what was different about making this record was that we began recording it over a year ago. Since I had used some of my 2012 Kickstarter support to do the initial recording and mixing, I decided we should sit on it while Julie Lee & The Baby-Daddies had its moment on the gallery wall. This afforded us the gift of time to rest and "step back from the painting.” Unfortunately in a world of instant gratification, it was a rare opportunity to look at each song individually with the perspective only time and distance can give. The people I asked to pick up a paintbrush and add something to the canvas were each artists and musicians that I trust implicitly! Aaron Roche, Nathan Phillips, Dan Burns, Jason Goforth, are dear friends that I have toured with and have appeared on or even co-produced past records.

To start, Aaron helped me decide to record at Gray Matters in Nashville with engineer Mike Odmark , with whom he has made several records with over the years. Then we began by picking up our “paint and brushes” ,if you will, to outline the songs with myriad of musical instruments. Dan Burns (drums and percussion), then joined us to add the perfect amount of foundation and texture to the record. Jason Goforth, (Pedal and Lap Steel , and Harp) who had been playing these songs live with me on tour, came in to add the initial wash of color on the canvas.

I then asked Nathan Phillips to take the canvas home to gently paint with his one of a kind vintage upright piano. We went ahead and did an initial mixing of the basic tracks 2012, then we let it rest. While remixing in early 2013 Mike helped me send the canvas to Aaron in NYC to compose and record string arrangements on two of the tracks and suddenly it was finished. Finally, Mike Odmark's refined mixing skills framed with Alex McCullough's Yes-Mastering genius created a result which is...well...one of my personal favorites.

My sincere hope is that this music provides a quiet space...instead of just taking up more of your valuable internal real estate. My prayer is that a world defined by categorization is “open to receive ” something , yet again, completely different from my last record. And that these songs give you ,the listener, the unique opportunity to step back from your own painting.”

- Julie Lee

Lyrics

Stillhouse Road

Written By: Julie Lee

Hiding the contradictions
Dodging the prohibition
Back on the Stillhouse Road
You need a grain fire
Spring water from a deep well
Back on the Stillhouse Road

I doubt the moonshine
Was used for communion wine
Back on the Stillhouse Road
Grandpas White Lightning
Would leave you pining
To be back on the Stillhouse Road
Back on the Stillhouse Road

Pioneer of a lost kind
A little money for the bad times
Back on the Stillhouse Road
Worked the land not a coal mine
Brood of children and a good wife
Back on the Stillhouse Road

Maybe the moonshine
Was used for communion wine
Back on the Stillhouse Road
Grandpas White Lightning
Would leave you pining
To be back on the Stillhouse Road
Back on the Stillhouse Road
Took your land for a fair price
Made you sign on a fine line
Back on the Stillhouse Road
But the maplesugars and the grapevines
The fruit trees and the woodpile
Were back on the Stillhouse Road

If only they knew
All it cost you
Back on the Stillhouse Road
Pictures and memories
Are all that's left you
Back on the Stillhouse Road
Back on the Stillhouse Road

written by Julie Lee / Country Gentleman Music / SESAC / 2001

He's My Man

Written By: Julie Lee

jesus, he's my man
though it's black as coal down here
it's as light to him

jesus, he's my friend
just the fairest of them all
among the likes of men

and i know this rock won't crumble
this mountain won't cave in
the lord he keeps his promise
though i die yet i shall live

jesus, he's my man
brought me up out of the pit
and made my feet to stand

jesus, he's my friend
rich or poor we will confess
and every knee shall bend

true and righteous all together
are the judgements of the lord
more desired are they than silver
yea, than much fine coal

and i know this rock won't crumble
this mountain won't cave in
the lord he keeps his promise
though i die yet i shall live

though i die yet i live

jesus, he's my man

Written by Julie Lee, Country Gentleman Music, SESAC, 2002

Moonlight Train

Written By: Julie Lee

MIDNIGHT MOONLIGHT TRAIN
SHE'S RIDING THE NEXT ONE
THAT COMES DOWN THE LINE
SHE STOOD THERE BLACK AND BLUE
KNOWIN' WHAT TO DO
SHE HAD A REASON
QUIETLY SLEEPING
IN HER ARMS

CAN'T YOU HEAR THAT WHISTLE BLOW
OH NO
CAN'T YOU FEEL HIS UNDERTOW
SHE'S RIDING THE NEXT ONE THAT COMES DOWN THE LINE
YOU GOT IT RIGHT BOY
THAT WAS
THE LAST TIME

MIDNIGHT MOONLIGHT TRAIN
IS COMING ROUND AGAIN
SHE'S RIDING THE NEXT ONE
THAT COMES DOWN THE LINE
THERE WILL COME A DAY
WE WILL HAVE TO FACE
THERE'LL BE NO MORE EXCUSES
THERE'LL BE NO MORE LIES

CAN'T YOU HEAR THAT WHISTLE BLOW
OH NO
CAN'T YOU FEEL HIS UNDERTOE
SHE'S RIDING THE NEXT ONE
THAT COMES DOWN THE LINE
YOU'VE GOT IT RIGHT BOY
THAT WAS
THE LAST TIME

written by Julie Lee, Country Gentleman Music Pub. ,SESAC, 2001

Does The Road Wind Uphill All The Way

Written By: Julie Lee & Christina Rossetti (poem Uphill)


IS THERE FOR THE NIGHT A RESTING PLACE
A ROOF FOR WHEN THE SLOW DARK HOURS BEGIN
MAY NOT THE DARKNESS HIDE IT FROM MY FACE
OH YOU CANNOT MISS THAT INN....
NO YOU CANNOT MISS THAT INN.....

SHALL I MEET OTHER WAYFARERS AT NIGHT
THOSE WHO'VE GONE BEFORE
THEN, MUST I KNOCK OR CALL WHEN JUST IN SIGHT
OH THEY WILL NOT KEEP YOU STANDIN' AT THAT DOOR
NO THEY WILL NOT KEEP YOU STANDIN' AT THAT DOOR

DOES THE ROAD WIND UPHILL ALL THE WAY?
WILL THE DAYS jOURNEY TAKE THE WHOLE LONG DAY?
YES FROM MORN TO NIGHT MY FRIENDS
UNTILL THE VERY END
DOES THE ROAD WIND UPHILL ALL THE WAY

SHALL I FIND COMFORT TRAVEL SORE AND WEAK
OF LABOR YOU SHALL FIND THE SUM
WILL THERE BE A BED FOR ME AND ALL WHO SEEK?
YEA , BEDS FOR ALL WHO COME....
YEA, BEDS FOR ALL WHO COME....

DOES THE ROAD WIND UPHILL ALL THE WAY?
WILL THE DAYS JOURNEY TAKE THE WHOLE LONG DAY?
YES FROM MORN TO NIGHT MY FRIENDS
UNTILL THE VERY END
DOES THE ROAD WIND UPHILL ALL THE WAY?
DOES THE ROAD WIND UPHILL ALL THE WAY?

WORDS WRITTEN BY CHRISTINA ROSSETTI (1830-1894) from her poem UPHILL
and music and arrangement by Julie Lee /SESAC / COUNTRY GENTLEMEN PUBLISHING 2005
(recordedand mixed by Brando Marius of houserecordings.com @ Julie's House last month)

Track 1 - Married Girl Blues (Take Me Out To Hear The Band)

Written By: Julie Lee

TAKE ME OUT TO HEAR THE BAND
DON'T LEAVE ME HEAR TO LINGER
STARRING AT THE LITTLE HAND
WRAPPED AROUND MY FINGER

DANCE WITH ME
AND HOLD ME TIGHT
DON'T LEAVE ME ALL ALONE TONIGHT
TAKE ME OUT TO HEAR THE BAND

REMEMBER HOW WE KISSED GOODNIGHT
BACK WHEN WE WERE LOVERS
GLOWING LIKE TWO FIREFLIES
AT THE END OF SUMMER

DANCE WITH ME
AND HOLD ME TIGHT
DON'T LEAVE ME ALL ALONE TONIGHT
TAKE ME OUT TO HEAR THE BAND

LATELY I'VE BEEN WONDERING IF THERE'S SOMEONE NEW
FOR ME THERE IS NO OTHER DEAR
THERE'S NO ONE BUT YOU

DANCE WITH ME
HOLD ME TIGHT
DON'T LEAVE ME ALL ALONE TONIGHT
TAKE ME OUT TO HEAR THE BAND

Track 3 - A Good Man Is Hard To Find

Written By: Julie Lee

A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND

AND THEY'LL NEVER
BE ANOTHER
NO, NO, WHO WOULD SO INSPIRE
THERE'S SOMETHING
I RECOGNIZE
IN YOUR EYES
BROTHER
AND THESE DAYS
A GOOD MAN'S HARD TO FIND

IT'S NOT YOUR WING TIP SHOES
OR THAT FINE STRAW HAT
IT'S NOT YOUR CLEAN GREY SUIT
OR THAT OLD CADILLAC

AND THEY'LL NEVER
BE ANOTHER
NO, NO, WHO WOULD SO INSPIRE
THERE'S SOMETHING
I RECOGNIZE
IN YOUR EYES
BROTHER
AND THESE DAYS
A GOOD MAN'S HARD TO FIND

IT'S THE WAY YOU SMILE
IT'S THE WAY YOU SING
THE WAY YOU SPEAK THE TRUTH
AND REFUSE TO COMPLAIN

AND THEY'LL NEVER
BE ANOTHER
NO, NO, WHO WOULD SO INSPIRE
THERE'S SOMETHING
I RECOGNIZE
IN YOUR EYES
BROTHER
AND THESE DAYS
A GOOD MAN'S HARD TO FIND

THESE DAYS
A GOOD MAN'S HARD TO FIND
3x

written by Julie Lee, Country Gentleman Music Pub. ,SESAC, 2001

How He Lied

Written By: Julie Lee/ Bill Tennyson

How he Lied.......

i sat staring out my windowpane
cold rain pouring down
knowing where he headed when he drove away
was the cheating side of town
never ever thought that i could sink this far
how bad a broke heart hurts
so i soaked the pain he caused me in a whiskey jar
and that just made it worse

now two devils curse my memory
two memories haunt my mind:
how much i loved him (i loved hii-i-m)
and how... he..... lied

well....i had murder on my mind
and a .44 in my hand
scared to death, soaking wet ,standing at the door
of a soon to be dead man
i kicked it down and stormed straight in
found 'em lying there in bed
felt something like a fire flash under my skin
all i saw was red

(chorus)+ (instumental chorus)

bridge.....
broken dreams and shattered vows
Two shots fired ...two lovers fell....
Two women 6 feet in the ground....
One man left in a living hell

where two devils curse his memory
& two memories haunt his mind:
how much i loved him (i loved him)
and how he lied

ohhhhhh how he lied
how he lied.........

Co- Write by Bill Tennyson (Cosmic Redneck Love Songs/ ASCAP)
& Julie Lee (Still House Road Music / Sesac) 2009

Discography

DISCOGRAPHY:
Stones / Hanbouge Records / 1998
Many Waters / 2000
Made From Scratch, / 2003
Stillhouse Road, Compadre Records, /2004
Take Me Out To Hear The Band, / 2007
Old Black Kettle Live / 2008
Will There Really Be A Morning , /2008
Julie Lee & The Baby Daddies, /2012
Till & Mule / 2013

JULIE'S SONGWRITING :

"Jacob's Dream" - by Alison Krauss - A Hundred Miles Or More /The Collection 2007

"Away Down The River"- By Alison Krauss - A Hundred Miles Or More /The Collection 2007

"Beautiful Night"- by Pam Tillis - Just In Time For Christmas / 2006

"Stillhouse Road" - by Mark Newton Band - Hillbilly Hemingway/2006

"Undone"- By Mark Erelli - Hope & Other Casualties/ 2006

"Here in The Mountaintops To Roam" - by Dave Peterson & 1946 - Here In The Mountaintops To Roam / 2005

"Home" - Sarah Masen - The Dream Life Of Angels / 2001

Set List

Till & Mule
Too Far Gone
Never Mine
Moonlight Train
Uphill
Morning
How He Lied
Pine & Sigh
Time Enough
Married Girl Blues
He's My Man
Hopes the Thing With Feathers
Jacob's Dream
Away Down The River