Philadelphia singer-songwriter Amos Lee surrounded himself with good company on his third album, “Last Days at the Lodge.”
The first was Oak Park-raised producer Don Was (ne Fagenson), a Grammy Award winner with a long resume who was recommended by Lee’s management. “He’s an awesome guy, man,” Lee, 31, says of Was. “He brought a lot of good stuff to (the album). He’s got a lot of experience, first of all, and never gets too flustered.
“And he’s a positive-minded kind of dude, so it was cool, man. Just being with the guys was comforting.”
Being with the players Lee and Was put together, meanwhile, was downright inspiring. With veteran players such as
Doyle Bramhall, Jr., Spooner Oldham, Pino Palladino and James Gadson on hand, Lee and company were able to cut most of “Last Days ...” live on the studio floor, achieving a kind of soulful flow he didn’t quite nail on his previous releases.
“If Billy Preston was alive, I would have liked to work with him, too,” Lee says. “I wanted to keep the unit really small; I like those recording sessions where you have five people and that’s it, all just playing together. We did a few overdubs, but everything was pretty much cut live, and I tried to do as many live vocals as possible.
“Fortunately we had the kind of (musicians) who know how to do that. I just feel lucky to be with all those guys on the record.”
Amos Lee and Emily Rose perform Saturday (July 19) at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $29 reserved, $24 general admission advance and $25 general admission day of show. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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