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Monday, 20.01.2014, 20:20
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Terry Lee Hale (USA)
Hold your horses. A Texan in Paris? Shades of George Gershwin? Or Harry Dean Stanton? Tequila or champagne?
Inhale. Exhale. «Dead is Dead» was the title of one of Terry Lee Hale's songs a few years ago. He hasn't let up since, not a notch. You can hear it in his latest cd «The Long Draw», out last fall. It's a carefully put together piece of work. The initial pool of loosely 30 songs was mercilessly reduced to the 8 you'll draw from this album. They're sparse, laconic, deep and storied creations, perhaps like Raymond Carver's shortest short stories framed in music. «In a world that's flooded with sounds and music, a disc demands a reason for being», he notes. Damn right Terry and we drink to that, tequila and champagne.
Terry Lee's a born Texan, in '53, then travelled on to godfather-like status in the early grunge scene up in Seattle. He currently resides in Paris, at least at the time you're reading this. His songs are tireless travelogues and read like a roadmap about the places he's been. His face mirrors the stuff he's seen and where he's hung his pork pie hat. In his art, never a pretense, no nostalgic bullcrap and not a gram of lard. As far as his playing goes, he supports himself with mean 6- and 12-string guitars plus a 1932 Dobro in mint condition. That's when he's on his own. But when he's recording with his band, it's with his carefully selected and finely honed touring group as opposed to a bunch of hired session hands. «That 3-piece band is the core of everything, the heartbeat of the music.» Bob Corker, who produced for the Black Crowes and Ben Harper was instrumental in realising Terry Lee Hale's vision.

He was one of the first artists Berthold Seliger signposted our way some 25 years ago. His place in our Island Hall of Fame has been secured, we sure hope that doesn't make him feel too tied down. It's great to have this freedom-loving poet of the open road back. Even if he's in and out of town as smooth as Inhale. Exhale.
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