He’s British, he’s hip, he’s friendly, he’s kind, he’s tall, he’s lanky, he’s all things pop-indie. He’s a little bit Rod Stewart, a little bit Beatles, a little bit Kinks with just a hint of Nirvana and Tom Petty. More than anything, he’s Lee MacDougall. And he’s perfect.
You don’t have much longer to enjoy one of Lee’s shows in the U.S. on his Spring Tour. Lee was born and raised in Grimsby, England, which is a small historic town on the east coast of England known for its fishing industry. (I’ve been there! I actually loved it and thought the people were friendly, kind and supportive of an American girl traveling on a shoestring through England! And the seafood was divine!) But I digress…We were talking about Lee MacDougall. He has opened for huge artists including Train, Bob Dylan and Bon Jovi at the Hard Rock Calling Festival in London’s Hyde Park. Producer, Jim Lowe, responsible for #1 singles and albums by the Stereophonics and the Charlatans, and who has worked with Taylor Swift, became a fan of Lee’s and produced versions of two of Lee’s songs, “She,” and “Stay.” In July 2010, Lee released a 3-song EP via iTunes, (including Jim Lowe’s produced version of “She”) which sold 3,000 copies in its first two weeks without any press or promotion. All simply a result of Lee’s growing fan base.
I remember hearing country music superstar Blake Shelton talk about his early days as an artist. He said that for 10 years, he played many, many gigs with just his guitar, opening for major acts anywhere and everywhere. And now he is one of the most famous singer-songwriters-musicians in the U.S. Lee MacDougall is following in those shoes and will someday be headlining major venues and arenas, while having other artists open for him.
I first met Lee in 2011 when he toured the U.S. He was an instant hit. Fans flocked around him, wanting to know more about this British lad. They bought his self-produced CD called IF WALLS COULD TALK and later, a CD called FOR A FEW TALES MORE.
I urge you to go and see Lee. His performances continue through May. And on Friday night, April 27th, he will be performing at Uncle Slayton’s in Louisville, KY.
If you’re not a fan already, you will be.
For more information about Lee and his tours, please visit his website: www.leemacdougallmusic.com.
Following are Lee’s remaining shows:
LOUISVILLE, KY, Uncle Slayton’s 4/27
PITTSBURGH, PA, Hard Rock Cafe 5/2
NEW YORK CITY, NY, Bitter End 5/3
PHILADELPHIA, PA, World Cafe Live 5/9
RALEIGH, NC, Trali Irish Pub 5/10
NASHVILLE, TN, Music City Bar & Grill 5/11
BIRMINGHAM, AL, The Nick 5/12
ATLANTA, GA, Smith’s Olde Bar, 5/18