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"Honky Tonk Hell isn’t just a great record. It verifies that Gabe Lee will be one of the next great artists in country and roots music that we’ll hopefully be hearing plenty from and enjoying for years to come."
Lee and company preserve the proper space and attention around Lee's strength as a lyricist and storyteller. Lee naturally weaves intimate experiences and thoughts with timeless expressions and newly-minted phrases.Lee and I talk about the making of farmland & Honky Tonk Hell, growing up in Nashville, his songwriting process, and how he's utilized his time during this quarantine.
Rolling Stone - 10 Best Country and Americana Songs to Hear Now
“Punk-ass devil be gone!” Gabe Lee howls in this ferocious twang-rocker, which crucifies the type of country music that lacks bite. There’s no danger of that here — “Honky Tonk Hell,” co-written with Marcus King, is all fangs and attitude, and a must-listen for those of us who could use a little aggressive release.
Americana Highways - Gabe Lee Shows Off His Storytelling Skills On “Honky Tonk Hell” (Album Review)
Lee shows real talent as a songwriter on this album. Specifically he shows he has a talent for writing songs that get people dancing and singing along. Seriously. Once you get to know this album even a little bit, it will probably be one that you sing loudly as you drive, or cook, or any other activity really.
"The title track off the songwriter’s new album coming out March 13th finds a completely different mood from the more folky sounds of his first record. But his growlings about the ills of Nashville sound great either way. And if you want something more genteel from Gabe Lee, he also just released a new piano ballad called “Emmylou” you should check out."
"Lee, the rare Nashville native in a city of transplants, brings a devotion to country, folk, bluegrass and soul to an Americana scene blessed with forward-thinking singers, songwriters and guitarists. This honest approach draws comparisons to artists from different times and of differing temperaments, from Hank Williams to Jason Isbell."
"The only requisite that should ever be placed upon any artist as a roots performer is if they’re willing to dedicate themselves to the craft, to contribute something worthy to the community, and understand they’re part of a bigger narrative that stretches beyond any single artist. Gabe Lee checks all of these boxes."
The Arts Fuse - "farmland" - The Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot Blues
"This is clearly a singer-songwriter who is planting the seeds of human recognition, who wants to create a Country music that’s steeped in the lived experiences of its listeners, made up of songs that are unabashedly prepared to redeem them and their struggles from the dual vices of self-hatred and commercial idolatry."