- Artist: Lauren Lee
- Format: CD
- Release Date:5/5/2009
LAUREN LEE & LIBERTY ROAD BIO: Lauren Lee and Liberty Road are from Southeastern Oklahoma. Lauren began playing fiddle at 13 and started singing at 17. She always had a desire to learn fiddle after discovering Alison Krauss at a young age. She learned all of the basics on her own by ear and 3 years into her playing, her music took a turn of a lifetime. She was introduced to Herman Johnson of Shawnee. Herman is a Master Fiddler who has won many competitions including National Championships. Lauren studied under Herman for four years and has continued to stay very busy pursuing her own music career with Liberty Road and also by giving private lessons for fiddle and mandolin. Sawyer Lee is Lauren's younger brother. He started playing the guitar at age 11. After Lauren started learning more fiddle tunes, she needed a backup guitar player, so Sawyer stepped right up. His talent is completely raw with no formal training. Even without training, it was obvious that Sawyer had the abilities to master the instrument fairly quickly. His current songwriting skills have shown his ability to cross genres and bring them together with a contemporary style. Robbie Lee is the father of Lauren and Sawyer. He has always had talent in music by playing different instruments starting in high school. He eventually settled with the drums playing mostly Country and Western. After Lauren and Sawyer started learning more progressive styles in 2004, they decided Dad needed to learn the djembe. After receiving his first percussion *toy* for Father's Day, he quickly added more percussion instruments that now give the band it's own style. Jerry Dilday has been a friend of the Lee family for several years. His background in bass playing consists of Country and Western, but his songwriting skills are deeply rooted in many genres. He became a member of the band in August of 2005 and completed the sound that Lauren and the guys were looking for. Their debut album, 'Don't Look Back' was released July of 2006 on Four Count Records. Lauren and Sawyer lend their songwriting skills to 3 of the songs, while Jerry contributed 4 songs including the title track. The rest of the songs are all traditional standards which Lauren and the guys have added their personal style to. The new album, which is titled, "2nd Floor" was released in April 2009. The album was a project that spanned over 2 years since the completion of "Don't Look Back." Lauren and the band claim that "2nd Floor" has taken their music to the next level of growth and maturity they were striving to reach. Choosing music for the album was a difficult process because they knew they were growing tighter as a band and wanted material that would show just that. The end result was a very personal and intimate collection of material. Lauren stuck with her traditional roots and wrote two new instrumentals, which are totally focused around the fiddle. Lauren and Sawyer together wrote one instrumental that is a true definition of their personal style and ability to combine instruments in a unique way. Jerry is featured as a songwriter on 4 tracks while lending lead vocals on 2 of his songs. There are two songs on the album that were written by influential folksingers, Jimmy LaFave and Ellis Paul. Lauren and the band hope that the listeners will be led by the emotion and purity that flows through the entire album, from the very first opening chord to the very last note. The versatility in the styles of music that is played is something that the entire band strives for. So with that passion, they strive to play music that will touch anyone of any age.
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