Lee Quick

Lee Quick

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Smart, sexy, and sarcastic as hell, Lee Quick dishes out Americana, alt. country, new folk, and whatever else genre-busting music she feels like. Somewhere between Lucinda Williams and The Beatles.

Biography

Lee Quick is your typical female singer / songwriter / guitarist / Katrina refugee / ex-Army-bassoonist with a steel plate in her wrist and a penchant for sarcasm.

Multi-faceted, smart-sexy, and occasionally funny as hell, Lee Quick dishes out Americana, alt. country, new folk, and whatever else she likes. The ex-New Orleans singer-songwriter-guitarist delivers insightful and well-crafted songs with wit and warmth, and with attitude ranging from wry to wrathful to sentimental.

A lifelong musician, Lee is an experienced and compelling performer, able to deliver intensity and nuance in her live shows, and as comfortable on a festival stage as in a living room. In short: she sounds good, plays good and looks good doing it.

Lee's original songs show eclectic influences, including the Beatles, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, and Lucinda Williams. Her first album "Do You Think?" recorded in a shotgun house (now deceased) in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, was self-released in February 2004 and is available for download all over the Internets, including iTunes and cdbaby.com.

Recent releases [available at LeeQuick.com] are "I Wondered" (2008, 6 songs), "Songs For Refugees" (2007, 11 songs) and the single "Yes Please (Big Brother)". She records her songs at home on an iMac with GarageBand 3. Yes, it's all her.

PERFORMANCE HISTORY:
Lee started with her first three original songs at an open mic in January 2001, and because all three did not suck, she quickly progressed to appearances such as the "15 Minutes" singer-songwriter showcase at the House of Blues (New Orleans), the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair (thrice), and the long-running Abita Springs Opry, which presents Louisiana roots music on local TV and radio. Lee won second place in the 2002 MOVA Festival Songwriters Competition (Alabama) and was a finalist in 2003, placing songs in folk, country, and rock/alternative categories. That year she also made her first festival appearance at the Southern Womyn's Festival in Georgia. In 2004 Lee performed live on "New Orleans After Midnight," broadcast locally on FOX 8 TV, and played at Tipitina’s in uptown New Orleans two months before the hurricane hit.

In 2005 Lee survived a forced relocation from New Orleans to Nashville, Tennessee, where she appears regularly around town, including the famous Bluebird Cafe Writers Night. In April 2006 she appeared singing in a choir surrounding Keith Urban on the CMT Music Awards, and got a great view of his backside.

Lee also has a Master's degree in music, but please don't hold that against her.

Lyrics

After The Storm

Written By: Lee Quick

I left my home and drove all night
I found a bed and closed my eyes
and when I woke up my life was changed
after the storm took it away

all my things were left to rot
all my work was in the mud
all my friends scattered across the states
after the storm took them away

ah
ah

I wandered far away from home
I put a mattress on the floor
I sat alone most every day
after the storm took me away

ah
ah

how do you buy things you can’t replace
how do you run when you can’t escape
how do you build up the wall again
after the storm takes it away

ah
ah

Do You Think?

Written By: Lee Quick

What do you think
Why do you think
What do you think of a man in black?
Whatever hits you in the heart
Gets you down to the point
Guides you to the flash of light

What do you think
Why do you think
What do you think of a man in blue?
Whatever pops into your head
Gets ingrained in your brain
Makes you feel safe at nite –
Why do you think what you think?

Don't think twice, don't pay no mind
Follow your bliss, don't second guess
Go with your gut, don't mind us
It's your life, you know what's right
[repeat]
Do you think?

What do you think
Why do you think
What do you think of a woman in red?
Whatever gets you thru the nite
Gets you off when you want
Frees you up and gets you high

What do you think
Why do you think
What do you think of a man in pink?
Whatever lines up in your sights
Gets you ready to fight
No matter who has to die –
Why do you think what you think?

[repeat Chorus]

The Black Line

Written By: Lee Quick

There’s a black hole
in the highway
It hurts my head to hit it every day
But it’s just too small
so they won’t come
to fill it in and make it smooth again

I can’t help it
but it bothers me

There’s a black mark
on my white dress
I don’t think it will ever fade away
And it wears me down
and I wonder
what would ever make it white again

I can’t help it
but it bothers me

There’s a black line
on the front door
It stayed there when the water went away
And it won’t come off
even though I
have tried and tried to make it clean again

I can’t help it
but it bothers me

There’s a black hole
in my memory
of how it feels to get away from pain
But I can’t go back
and there’s nothing
to fill my soul and make it whole again

I can’t help it
but it bothers me

Never Say

Written By: Lee Quick

You might think
if you ask me just what it is I do
That I might say
“If I explain, would it be understood
What I do isn’t what I am,
and what is it to you?”

But you should know
I would never say a thing like that
Oh yeah you know
I would never say a thing like that

You might think
if you ask me just where I go to church
That I might say
“What if I don’t, and what gives you the nerve?
If there’s really a God up there,
Let’s leave it up to her”

[repeat chorus]

You could read me like a book
You could turn my pages
If you’ll only take a look
You’ll see past my cover

You might think
if you ask me just who I voted for
That I might say
“Am I living in another civil war?
or a place where the people
can be free to roll their own?”

[repeat chorus]

If you ask me who I am
I will say my name
If you ask me what I am
I won’t say a thing

You might think
if you ask me just where it is I stand
That I might say
“Well, if I said, would I be where I am?
Everyone can do what they like
and I don’t give a damn”

[repeat chorus]

I Will Forget

Written By: Lee Quick

If I’ve ever hurt you bad, let’s pretend I didn’t
If you’ve ever hurt me back, I know you didn’t mean it

If it’s useless to remember
I will forget

When my skin is cut, it takes a little while to heal it
When the scar finally fades, you can hardly see it

When it’s useless to remember
I will forget
forget

Why live on the bad side
Why put salt in the wound
Why remember the bad times
Just remember the good

If I ever break your heart, let’s go back before it
If you ever make me cry, they’ll dry before you know it

If it’s useless to remember
I will forget
forget

Unawake

Written By: Lee Quick

All night I lay wondering
What my life could have been
Turning to the pillow
Where the darkness takes me in

All day I'm remembering
All the things I never did
Turning from the window
When the sun comes thru the shade

Tell my eyes to open up for the moment's over
Maybe someday now or later it's time to wake up

All day I see nothing
But the daydream in my head
Lying in the bed I made
Or just lying to myself

Tell my eyes to open up for the moment's over
Maybe someday now or later it's time to wake up
Maybe better late than never it's time to wake up

All night I am hiding
From the light that burns my skin
All day I am sleeping
Thru the life that could have been

Tell me I don't have to wake up
Tell me I don't have to wake up
Tell me I don't have to wake up
Tell a lie

Tell my eyes to open up for the moment's over
Maybe someday now or later it's time to wake up
Maybe better late than never it's time to wake up
It's time to wake up

Amethyst Jane

Written By: Lee Quick

Amethyst Jane fell out of bed
A thousand thoughts filled up her head
Then she took a look at the world and smiled

And she was young
And she was happy
And the day was long
And the time went by, in a way, that would say
A better day is gonna come

Amethyst Jane got into the fray
Took a deep breath, and looked at the day
Then she took a turn on a bumpy ride

And she was long
And she was sexy
And the day was long
And the time went by, in a way, that would say
A better day is gonna come

Amethyst Jane got out of the fray
Spun around blind, and had to say
Please don't make me look at myself inside

And she was wrong
And she was angry
And the day was long
And the time went by, in a way, that would say
A better day has gotta come

And she said
Up or down, it's all the same
See the sunshine and the rain
Come or go, it's all the same
Feel the laughter and the pain
Win or lose, it's all the same

Amethyst Jane got out of bed
A thousand dreams filled up her head
Then she took a look at herself and smiled

And she was strong
And she was happy
And the day was long
And the time went by, in a way, that would say
A better day has finally come

Up or down, it's all the same
See the sunshine and the rain
Come or go, it's all the same
Feel the laughter and the pain
Win or lose, it's all the same

If I Apologize

Written By: Lee Quick/Ann Whitman

©2002/1940

If I apologize, will you forgive?
If I say I'm sorry for the way that I've lived
Think of the good times when our love was new
I'm saying I'm sorry, I apologize to you

If I apologize, can we go on?
Please don't believe that our love is all gone
We had so much together, forgive me my sin
I'm saying I'm sorry, I need you back again

I know that I'm guilty, I'll take all the blame
And I'll try to do better, would you do the same?

If I should promise, will you agree?
That we'll stay together and you'll never leave
Let's try to forget all the pain we've been through
I'm saying I'm sorry, I apologize to you

I loved you much more than I ever knew
I'm saying I'm sorry, I apologize to you

Yes Please (Big Brother)

Written By: Lee Quick

Although we haven’t met
I admire what you do
What I do in my bed
really matters to you

O big brother-in-law, give advice to us all

Yes please tell us all, tell us what to believe
Yes please tell us all we are Adam and Eve
Yes please tell us all how the planet began
Yes please tell us all how to family plan
Yes please tell us all, tell us all, tell us all
I don’t know how we’d do it on our own

I appreciate
your concern for my soul
When you legislate
your morality code

Please proceed to decide just for your peace of mind

Yes please tell us all how to righteously live
Yes please tell us all who we better not kiss
Yes please tell us all how to follow our heart
Yes please tell us all how to death-do-us-part
Yes please tell us all, tell us all, tell us all
I don’t know how we’d do it on our own

We love big brother, we love big brother

I apologize
if my love life offends
I don’t mean to deprive
you of your happiness

Life is so simplified when you make up my mind

Yes please tell us all how to choose what we choose
Yes please tell us all how to play by the rules
Yes please tell us all who to hate, who to love
Yes please tell us all you are watching above
Yes please tell us all, tell us all, tell us all
I don’t know how we’d do it on our own

Yes please…
We love big brother…

Discography

"Do You Think?" CD self-released February 2004
"Songs For Refugees" downloads self-released August 2007
"I Wandered..." downloads self-released March 2008

CD Compilations:
"Willow Tree Bend" included on "The Goddess Within" CD, benefitting women's domestic abuse programs, 2004

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Set List

30+ originals by Lee Quick, including:

After The Storm (folk)
All I Am (folk)
Amethyst Jane (folk-pop)
Bored To Hell (roots-rock)
Do You Think? (roots-folk)
Folk U. (funny bluegrass)
free flower (trippy folk)
If I Apologize (trad country)
In This World (folk-pop)
I Wandered (I Wondered) (pop-folk)
I Will Forget (Lee's "Blackbird")
Never Say (Americana-roots-folk)
Not Okay (pop-folk)
Something To Say (folk)
Tell Me (alt. country-folk)
The Black Line (blues-roots-folk)
The Other Woman (alt. country-folk)
This Endless Road (Americana-folk-rock)
23/6 (Americana-country)
Unawake (roots-rock)
West Nile Virus (cajun 2-step)
Willow Tree Bend (fingerstyle folk)
Yes Please [Big Brother] (sarcastic politic-blues)
You Walked Out The Door (honky-tonk)

Originals: a solid two hours of varied material, ranging from gentle folk to wailin' alt. country.
Covers: mostly obscure songs in rock-roots and alt.country styles (with emphasis on Elvis Costello).

Lee is also a Be