I got a chance to listen to the new Sam Lee album titled Raise Your Flag, and can safely say that it took me on a trip down memory lane. See I grew up in West Texas listening to my parent’s vinyl records that included everything from Motown to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. My current taste of music stemmed from the aforementioned, It was the records my mother would put on like Patsy Cline, Eddie Rabbit (wow I just showed my true age), and Three Dog Night, that opened my ears to quality rock and roll.
While the music scene here in Denver lacks that true rock and roll feel, instead substituted by all forms of indie rock and folk, it is safe to say that Sam Lee is cooking up something that fills that void. This album is a straight shot of kick in the ass heartland rock and roll. With powerful and emotional lyrics that summon John Cougar Mellencamp and the Americana sound of Tom Petty. It’s a record you can put on repeat roll the windows down and just drive until the road is no more.
The album consists of 13 tracks that tell the tale of different emotions from love, sorrow, and frustration that play out to a well composed and well balanced production that leaves the listener feeling the charged lyrics for themselves. On the track “Mrs. California”, Lee reaches into his inner John Mayer and serenates us with a rather enjoyable tale of finding love in all the wrong places. Truly an enjoyable record from the opening track, do yourself a favor and take a listen for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.
Sam will be releasing his album on April 26th at The Oriental Theater. The show is $10 and has support from Eldren, The Yawpers, and Shannon and Jared. Click here for ticket information!
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