Published : Monday, June 16, 2014 | 12:59 PM
The Coffee Gallery Backstage presents the wizened troubadour Phil Lee who will double bill with Kacey Jones on July 11, at 8:00 p.m. Best known for her work with Ethel and The Shameless Hussies (MCA) and comedic albums including, Men Are Some of My Favorite People (Curb) and Every Man I Love is Either Married, Gay, or Dead, Kacey Jones has a full-bodied bluesy voice, plays rhythm guitar with the chops of an expert, and has the gift for making people laugh, including Garrison Keillor, who invited her to perform on A Prairie Home Companion (NPR). Sheâ€™s recorded eleven albums to date including the critically acclaimed tribute, Kacey Jones Sings Mickey Newburywhich launched the video, San Francisco Mabel Joy featuring Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Payne. With Amen for Old Friends, her first new album in five years, she combines elements from both sides of her musical personality, successfully demonstrating diversity as a three dimensional artist with the ability to bring the listener to tears, be they tears of laughter, or sorrow (mostly, Laughter!). In either case, her cinnamon-tinged-whiskey-bent-soulful voice draws you in to her unique perspective on love and life.
As a record producer, Miss Jones produced the #1 Americana album, Pearls in the Snow, The Songs of Kinky Friedman featuring Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, Lyle Lovett, Delbert McClinton, Dwight Yoakam, and others, performing the songs of legendary author-musician, Kinky Friedman. Kacey’s original songs have been recorded by David Allan Coe, Ethel and The Shameless Hussies, Cledus T. Judd, and Mickey Gilley, who took her song, Iâ€™m The One Mama Warned You About to #5 on Billboardâ€™s Top 100. Her duet with Delbert McClinton, Youâ€™re the Reason Our Kids are Ugly added to the rave reviews sheâ€™s received throughout her career in People Magazine, USA Today, Country Weekly, and Music Connection. Her music videos, including I Hate Your Lousy Rotten Stinkinâ€™ Guts But Iâ€™m Not Bitter air internationally on YouTube, FunnyorDie.com, and on GAC and CMT television. She contributed three original songs to the soundtrack of the multi-award-winning cult film, Sordid Lives starring Beau Bridges, Olivia Newton-John, Delta Burke, and Leslie Jordan and also wrote and produced the soundtrack to the hilarious stage play, Nipples to the Wind.
Singer, songwriter, musician, humorist, producerâ€¦all distinct descriptions, and when completely assembled, the one that emerges is of a delightful, born and bred in the San Francisco Bay Area, madcap redhead who sees the world at large with laser perception and a funny tilt. www.KaceyJones.com
“There’s a long tradition of female musician-humorists and Kacey Jones fits right in. Bottom line: here’s one Kacey who hasn’t struck out.” –Ralph Novak / People Magazine
Joining Kacey Jones is the troubador Phil Lee. Before Phil settled into becoming one of the best songwriters in captivity, Phil Lee spent a couple of decades playing drums, driving trucks, dumping motorcycles, hauling equipment, stealing hearts, eluding the authorities and raising Cain. The Fall and Further Decline of the Mighty King of Love is all the more impressive when you realize there have also been side projects including touring, recording a DVD “Phil Lee Live! At the Purple Onion” with L.A. Johnson the head of Neil Youngâ€™s Shakey Pictures production company, contributing songs to and making his silver screen debut in “The One Who Loves You.”
Phil’s music will make you think and laugh and maybe shed a tear or two but it also provides hours of playtime fun because all of those things are part of the package. He couldnâ€™t do it any other way. Phil is a hipster madman Huck Finn meets Jack Kerouac. If he were a character in â€œOn The Roadâ€ heâ€™d be the guy in the back seat telling Sal and Dean which billboards the Highway Patrol is lurking behind, which diners have the prettiest waitresses, where to find the best pie a la mode in any given two mile stretch of Route 66 and where you can stop and get your hat blocked in an emergency 24 hours a day, no appointment necessary. Or, more likely, heâ€™d be the guy they were barreling down the road to meet for hot coffee and enlightenment. www.phillee1.com
See them live at the Coffee Gallery Backstage.
The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 North Lake Avenue, Altadena, (626) 798-6236 or visit www.coffeegallery.com.