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Where: Pilot Light
When: Friday, March 1 (7 pm)
Fans of Knoxville music, knoxmusictoday.com favorites the Tim Lee 3 will be celebrating the release of their new album, Devil’s Rope, with a special show at the Pilot Light this Friday, March 1. As you know, we have been big fans of Tim and Susan Lee for some time and the duo are truly rock and roll royalty in Knoxville. People, the Lees are professionals through and through and very talented musicians and we have thoroughly enjoyed their numerous appearances on the stages of Knoxville. This will be a fantastic show with Scruffy City regulars RB Morris and Kevin Abernathy throwing their musings into the mix. Here is a bit more about the headliners by our favorite local entertainment writer, Steve Wildsmith, for The Daily Times -
Friday night, the Lees will celebrate the release of a new album, “Devil’s Rope.” It’s the sixth record since Lee emerged from a decade-long hiatus in 2001 with the solo record “Under the House,” and the fifth on which Susan plays bass. In fact, “Devil’s Rope” showcases more lead vocals by her than by the band’s namesake, and after a revolving door of drummers, the Lees seem to have found a keeper with Bratta.
“A friend in Jackson pointed out that as Susan has come more forward, she’s playing the role of foil more than that of a bandmate,” Lee said. “And as she sings more, I get to play guitar more. It feels like we’ve found our places rather than Susan just coming along and doing a little more.”
But it was always a partnership, going back to Tim’s early days in music in Jackson, Miss. It wasn’t a musical one back then, but when he fired up The Windbreakers with long-time friend and partner Bobby Sutliff in 1982, Susan was along for the ride. She took the band’s early promotional photos and helped Tim establish Big Monkey, a record label out of the couple’s living room that gave a voice to an emerging Jackson music scene.
“The Windbreakers weren’t really a part of anything,” Lee said. “When I was growing up, you played in cover bands or you didn’t play at all. The Windbreakers were the first to challenge that.”
The band was part of a new wave of underground music that would get tagged with the college rock label, and while The Windbreakers didn’t get the attention their contemporaries in R.E.M. did, the band is still revered in certain circles for the jangly pop-rock that groups like Pavement would make famous. Along with his Windbreakers recordings, Lee’s solo works and side projects with Matt Piucci (of Rain Parade) and Howard Wuelfing (Nurses, Half Japanese) have garnered critical praise from Rolling Stone, Creem, Matter, Forced Exposure, The New York Times and more.
And of course, we have video to get you ready for the show -