Richard Lee

Richard Lee

BandFolkAcoustic

Singing from a real life story book based on people he’s met, observations, and real life experiences, with a voice that is warm and intimate making his songs uniquely compelling, providing even the most cynical listener with more catchy musical fodder than you can shake a stick at.

Biography

Singing from a real life story book based on people he's met, observations, and real life experiences, with a voice that is both warm and intimate, making his songs uniquely compelling, helping to
provide even the most cynical listener with more catchy musical fodder than you can shake a stick at.

Richard’s live performances are engaging with a positive energy infusing the audience with songs that are effortlessly upbeat, irrespective of subject matter, with influences ranging from the Eagles, Shawn Mullins through to Peter Bradley Adams (formerly of Eastmountainsouth).

Available as a solo acoustic act, duo with keyboardist/accordionist and harmony vocalist, and full band format (with some excellent seasoned professionals) there's the flexibility to perform at intimate venues through to a complete stage set up.

Previous featured live performances have included the Greenbelt Festival, Loudwater Festival, WACstock, Windsor Arts Centre, Norden Farm, Kingston's Grey Horse, as well as a host of pubs and clubs in the Greater London and South East area.

The Story So Far…
Born in Windsor and force fed Cliff Richard and Dire Straits on ridiculously long car journey’s with his parents and 4 siblings on their yearly holidays in a clapped out old Citroen it wasn’t until Richards’ early teens that he picked up the guitar for the first time with the intention of impressing girls.

The impressing girls never quite happened and the longer he spent on the guitar, the more his fingers hurt but, the better the songs got. Failed piano lessons behind him, and a career in his church’s junior choir cut short by his voice breaking, Richard had found his place sat behind an acoustic guitar.

Cutting his teeth on Open Mic nights, and forays into the London music scene and playing more cover songs in local pubs than a musician trying to be ‘original’ would have liked, the funds were raised to record the studio album Beautiful Car Wreck.

From the opening track Beautiful Car Wreck, a song about a failed relationship and it’s similarities to a car wreck, through to the closing track of My Town, it’s an album of catchy choruses, hook filled harmonies, genuine lyrics, and a voice that has a warmth and intimacy that makes these songs uniquely compelling. This can be heard in any of Richard’s live performances with the songs making you sit up and listen even in the loudest of venues.

Lyrics

Beautiful Car Wreck

Written By: Richard Lee

Not only human, but destined to fall off this mortal coil.
Put my heart on the line, did it just to prove I was still alive.
Got into the car that night, turned the music up just so I could drive.
Found myself somewhere I didn’t know, tears falling from my eyes

(Chorus)
And tell me how do I survive this beautiful car wreck?
But I’ll go on, beyond this beautiful car wreck

Discovered a hunger that I really didn’t know existed in me.
But I drove all night. As far as that car was ever going to get me.
And when the road ran out I walked as far as my legs would carry me.
Fell by the way side, just like everyone else.

Melbourne City Blues

Written By: Richard Lee/Kimo Hopuare

Always singing for the sake of the song.
The thoughts in my head keep rushing on.
Down this highway I keep driving on,
Trying so hard just to get along.
Who’s pleasing who in this old world?
Keep feeling like there’s nothing here for me.

(Bridge)
And the world gets weird when I think of it revolving.
And I’m the only one that’s thrown into space.
And all that I can hear, is the sound of my heart thumping.
It’s going do-da-do blood don’t fail me now.

(Chorus)
Four thousand one eight two,
Miles it’s taken just to light this fuse.
As I sit here thinking it through,
All my thoughts are bleeding.
Four thousand one eight two,
Miles to end up singing Melbourne city blues.
I kick the dust off these travelling shoes,
‘cause that’s the way I’m feeling.
Melbourne City blues, blues…

Found myself singing on a busy street,
But the money on the ground is not enough to eat.
The voice of this place just a whispered sound,
Playing over and over in my mind.

Flood

Written By: Richard Lee

Thought there were angels holding me up,
‘til I fell down.
Thought someone was praying for me,
‘til I looked around.
Caught myself sleeping peaceful
‘til I hit the ground.
Can’t keep these thoughts inside my head,
And so I drown.

(Chorus)
Can’t keep my head above the flood.
The air wouldn’t even fill my lungs.
Walked as far as my legs would carry me.
The soul is strong but the will so weak.
I talk in sentences I can’t complete.
When did I get so good at falling down?

Won’t someone climb between these sheets,
Hold me ‘til I sleep?
Won’t someone listen to me speak,
And ease this frown?
Can’t keep these thoughts inside my head,
And so I drown.

Discography

Beautiful Car Wreck - 11 track Album - Available direct and through iTunes.

Beautiful Car Wreck - featured on 2-ten FM.
Flood - featured on BBC Radio Berkshire's The Session and won the online vote.

Set List

45 minute Original set:
Beautiful Car Wreck
Cry Wolf
Flood
Breathe Again
Melbourne City Blues
Let it Go
Colder
Write Me Home
Anybody Out there?
Sunlight all Around Her