Raucous Americanus


After winning over rock fans in Let’s Active and the dubiously dubbed Windbreakers, Tim Lee has been soaking up the sounds of the South while touring what he and his wife, bass player Susan Bauer Lee, call the “pulled pork circuit.” The accurately titled, sprawling double disc Raucous Americanus emphasizes the gritty, no-nonsense MO that’s become the Tim Lee 3’s stock in trade. With drummer Matt Honkonen in tow, they’ve embraced a power trio format that complements the music’s urgency and emotion. Husband and wife amicably share vocals, but any hint of coziness is mooted by the rugged, freewheeling spirit of songs like “Kerosene/Matches,” “Bigger” and “What I Have Not Got.”

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