Although Nashville native Gabe Lee is readying his fourth album, he's still considered by many to be a country-folk prodigy.
If he is indeed still deemed to be a hot prospect, then it seems his newly announced record, Drink The River, could be the moment when he well and truly ascends into the mainstream.
Gabe Lee has revealed that Drink The River will be released on July 14, with the lead single from the album, ‘Even Jesus Got The Blues’, being made available on Friday, April 14.
‘Even Jesus Got The Blues’ movingly explores the overdose of a friend, and offers a snapshot of what we can expect from Drink The River. Lee showcases his lyrical dexterity, while coating dark, gritty themes with a joyful, bluegrass-inspired layer of levity.
As is often the case, Drink The River will revolve around Lee's intricate storytelling ability, with virtually every track zeroing in on an incident from the singer-songwriter's recent experience.
For instance, ‘Lidocaine’ finds Lee drawing on an unexpectedly emotional Uber trip, during which the driver told him he'd recently been diagnosed with dementia at the age of 40.
Similarly, ‘Merigold’ viscerally details Lee's encounter with a couple who regularly attended his shows. One night, the husband came alone, and told Gabe Lee that she'd sadly passed away from cancer.
It's this kind of specificity and observational depth that has made Lee one of the most exciting emerging artists in modern country music. With many keeping a close watch on what the rising star has in store, Lee's new album is sure to serve as a key marker-post in his career.
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