Mary returns after the Festive Season break with of music from Ireland and Irish singers plus local singer-songwriters and Americana.
This week Mary has as a guest singer Phil Lee from Nashville, USA who is on a UK tour. Lee’s music is the distillation of about 30 years’ worth of playing in juke joints and bars from one end of the country to the other.
Phill Lee grew up in Durham, North Carolina, in the shadow of tobacco warehouses and Duke University. A musician and songwriter from his teens, Lee’s first professional gig came in the 1960s playing drums for Homer Briarhopper and the Daybreak Gang on a morning television show in Raleigh, N.C.
His songwriting is uncommonly witty and as direct as a kick in the butt. The years he has spent sitting at the back of the bandstand, behind the drums, have given him plenty of time to think about what he’d do if he ever got to the front of the stage. Now that he’s there, he’s not wasting anyone’s time with lame material.
Mary K. Burke Show, Sunday 8 January 2012 at 7.00-9.00pm.