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The Long Draw - available now on Glitterhouse Records and at my own Shop.

Terry Lee Hale’s new album The Long Draw is here!  An album of short stories, it’s like Raymond Carver’s “Short Cuts” but framed with music. A travelogue filled with the vagaries of American lives. This is not typical Americana fare though. These songs are strong and deep where our resources lay. Simple production and arrangements only point vaguely towards traditions or style. There is no detracting from the clear, unrelenting drama of the albums 8 songs and their characters. Stories of America written by an American who no longer lives there. This records is not: 45 minutes of feedback, inane repetitive choruses, gauze tissued, a reason to stay in bed or not go to work. The Long Draw is all about songs. Stories. A songwriter and a vision shaped by a life of travel, adventure, wandering and searching. A journey not ended.
 

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December 7, 2014

Basque Tour Diary-

I want to send out a big and heartfelt thanks to all my friends and the many kind folks that helped make my tour possible in the Basque region of northern Spain. This is a great and beautiful corner of the world to tour and I am so lucky to be able to be there. I ended up with 8 shows in 10 days and, as always, I had a wonderful musical journey. I really love being able to play shows every day. It's a dream come true for me and an opportunity I never take for granted. Even in the tough economic times that everyone in Spain is experiencing, that fact that folks share those hard earned and valuable euro's with an English singing songwriter is the ultimate compliment and endorsement. Live music does still live!  Eskerrik asko and gracias!

In the end I couldn't keep up a diary. As posted earlier this was just a bridge too far for me to do on a daily basis. I love reading others though musicians diaries though (Steve Wynn, Matt Cameron and Dave Alvin come readily to mind). Mostly for me though was the fact there just didn't ever seem to be enough time. It was more important to be able to sleep (or rest) a little be longer or simply just too busy. Any screen time had to be used for keeping up with the more important emails and business side of my job. And the final excuse is that my iPad locked me out which I had no idea the reason for. The message was that I had to connect to iTunes which of course I couldn't do until I got home. That left me with my cell phone for the last 6 days of the tour. Try tapping out complicated emails on cell phones!


October 13-

I'm just back yesterday from my October 2014 touring. Including one quick trip up to Amsterdam I logged 4,874km behind the wheel. Well, not all of it was done by myself. My friend Alain LeCloirec rode along and not only helped with the driving but also sold merchandise, helped lug my gear and leant an able hand during soundcheck. And, as always, he is great company.  

I want to send out a big thank you to all the many fine folks who turned out at the various venues and house concerts. It would be hard to imagine a nicer group of people, young and old, who support me and my music. It was an honour to be invited into all your lives for the one night. 

Next up for me will be for finishing up the songs for my next record. I am close but there is still work to be done with all of them. Of course the songwriting is hardly ever actually completed but the aim is for each individual song to be as clear and strong as possible. That's what I'm working on now. I took 3 of them out with me for this last tour and that's really a great way for songs to come alive. 

I also have some more shows coming up in France in the middle of this month, Basque country for late November and a couple more shows in Germany for mid December. And a whole lot of work to do with booking 2015. Ain't that the way it always goes? 

Now back to work...

 






Hello music lovers,

I can't believe it's been so long since I've posted here. I think I just ran out of steam after all the work that went into the release AND follow up of The Long Draw. Well I'm back. 2014 summer is over and the busy fall and winter time approaches.

The big news here I think is that we will be moving to Marseille. Katy has a new job. I don't know the city so well but this summer I visited a couple of times and enjoyed myself and liked what I saw. And moving has never been a problem for me. I can live pretty much anywhere and still do my job. Paris is more centrally located then Marseille but on the other hand Spain and Italy will be be closer from there. There is always a tradeoff right? And I also have to say I'm ready to leave Paris. It's expensive, cold and I've been here long enough. Because we live in the suburbs it's not like we can even have the full advantage of city life. There are friends here and the city can be fantastic and there is no place like Paris and that's a fact. All in all though I think this move will be ok. First things first though and the number one item up is selling this house.

This summer I have been hard at work with writing new songs. Glitterhouse has agreed to release another record from me so that's what I'm working towards. I don't want to say too much about content or even a time schedule just yet except that no release will happen before 2015. The songs are not all finished but I feel very positive about direction and content. I know what I want the record to sound like and I finally have a good selection of material to choose from. Now it's just a matter of refining the songs I do have and narrowing the choices. It's also true that I'm not writing as fast as I used too. Suffice it too say that I DO believe that content is much more important then quantity.The world is overloaded with music. Why contribute to the noise with anything less then your best? And there has to be a reason for the records to exist, not just the newest batch of laid eggs.

So that's it for now. It seems this webpage needs some innovation and work. Gotta shake things up a little bit. Hey, autumn is the perfect time for such work right?

I would invite to visit my web store if you have never. The prices are quite fair and buying directly from me is a great way of supporting your's truly. Plus the fact that all of the CD's offered (accept The Long Draw and Tunnel Tree) are now out of print now. When these physical copies are sold that will be it. Of course for those of you that just do digital then everything is available in that format.

 

 

An acoustic duo two track recording from 1979 released on Glitterhouse Records. This will be a limited mail order only release as well as at my shows! We will have it for sale at the TLH webstore starting April 29 and at Glitterhouse later in May. You can catch a tune on the site player below. Here are the liner notes: Terry Lee Hale and “Becca” Sarow (pronounced sorrow) were an acoustic recording and touring duo that formed in Chicago in 1975. We sang a collection of original songs as well as many ragtime, country blues, pop and folk standards. Fronted by Becca on vocals, I also sang and played 6 string Froggy Bottom guitar. We lived in and toured throughout the Midwest, Colorado, Washington and Texas and finally settled in Denver in 1979.
Rebecca Sarow was born in Capac, Michigan 1952 and passed away in Denver on Valentines Day 2005. She is survived by 5 children, one being our daughter and 8 grandchildren.

Best of 2013

Favorite albums:
Neko Case: "The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You"
Favorite song: Matt Elliot- "Reap What You Sow"
Favorite Concert: Mark Lanegan Band @ Alhambra, Paris
Favorite discovery: The Staple Singers “ Great Day”
 
Bill Callahan - "Dream River"
Guy Clark - "My Favorite Picture of You"
Dirt Music - "Troubles"
Chris Eckman - "Harney County"
Eels- "Wonderful, Glorious"
Daughn Gibson - "Me Moan"
The National - "Trouble Will Find Me"
Tamikrest - "Chatma"
Laura Viers - "Warp & Weft"
 
Neko Case - “The Worse Things Get…”

Finally the Terry Lee Hale webstore is up and running.  Click on the the Shop button above and it will take you directly to our site.  I've added a The Blue Room (digital and CD), Frontier Model (digital), Wilderness Years (digital),  the Tunnel Tree limited edition single and all the various formats for The Long Draw (digital, CD and LP).  All prices include shipping.  We have a company that handles all the money transactions and whatever denomintion you want to use.  We don't have your credit card information here and don't even see it.  We DO handle the mailing though and we're pretty fast in getting them posted right away.  Check it out when you have time.  Buying my music in this way is a great way to show your support and much apprecaited.

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