Stella

by Bobby Lee

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Imagine a guitar player in a room with 10 different guitars. Nice ones. You tell him (or her) to try them all out. In my experience, the guitarist will almost certainly play different things on each guitar.

A Les Paul might inspire some power chords, a Telecaster some twangy picking, an archtop might inspire some jazz licks, a nylon string might bring out some flamenco riffs. What happens is, the instrument has as much to do with what is played, as the guitarist does.

When Bobby Lee sat down with Stella (the 50 year old guitar that he acquired earlier this year) the songs that came out covered a wide spectrum of sounds.

There's the mournful Hank Williams train song, Merle Travis in an Appalachian coal mine, a defiant but heartbroken Bob Dylan, songs from Hawaii, some originals, and a tune about a sailor returning to his island sweetheart (Louie Louie!).

Clearly, Bobby grew up a child of the 1950's and 1960's (like myself) and was surrounded by diverse musical sounds. I picture lots of record albums in Bobby's childhood home; Martin Denny to Hank Thompson and lots in between...

Bobby Lee has made a Musical Selfie!

Much like how folks take pictures of themselves in unique places, the songs on Stella are Bobby's snapshots of what came out of this wonderful meeting of a man and a guitar.

-Doug Jayne

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released August 1, 2014

Bobby Lee plays solo acoustic steel guitar - 9 instrumental songs and 5 with vocals. Recorded in stereo without overdubs, July 2014.

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Track Name: I Walk Downtown
I Walk Downtown, downtown to see you Babe
I Walk Downtown, downtown to see you Babe
And if you ain’t there, I’ll walk back home again

You know I’d call first, but you ain’t got no phone
You know I’d call first, but you ain’t got no phone
And if you ain’t downtown I’ll walk all that way back home

I gotta walk now, cause I don’t drive no car
I gotta walk now Baby, cause I don’t drive no car
I Walk Downtown, cause I hope that’s where you are

I Walk Downtown Baby, cause I hope that’s where you are
Track Name: Dark As A Dungeon
Come all you young fellers, so young and so fine
And seek not your fortunes way down in the mine
It will form like a habit and seep in your soul
'Til the stream of your blood flows as black as the coal

It's dark as a dungeon and damp as the dew
Where the dangers are double and the pleasures are few
Where the rain never falls and the sun never shines
It's dark as a dungeon way down in the mines

There is many a man I have seen in my day
Who lived just to labor his whole life away
Like the fiend with his dope and the drunkard his wine
A man will have lust for the lure of the mine

It's dark as a dungeon and damp as the dew
Where the dangers are double and the pleasures are few
Where the rain never falls and the sun never shines
It's dark as a dungeon way down in the mines\

I hope when I'm dead and the ages shall roll
That my body will blacken and turn into coal
I will look from the door of my heavenly home
And pity the miners diggin' my bones

It's dark as a dungeon and damp as the dew
Where the dangers are many and the pleasures are few
Where the rain never falls and the sun never shines
It's dark as a dungeon way down in the mine