The songs of “Bound, Chained, Fettered” are life lessons. Truthful stories sung with a voice that reflects and carries the emotional weight of time, obstacles overcome and wisdom earned. It is an album that takes stock; it is an album that probes the complex attachments of our contemporary world. The fragile ties that bind, the heavy chains that hold us in place; this is the grist of Hale’s new album. The sparse but still detailed production enhances this pensive mood, yet what is revealed in the songs is ultimately positive and human. There is depth here not just simple repetition and abstraction.
To record “Bound, Chained, Fettered” Terry Lee ventured to Northern Italy to work with producer Antonio Gramentieri (Hugo Race, Dan Stuart) and his circle of musical cohorts, mainly because of his admiration for Gramentieri’s own productions with his band Sacri Cuori. In Terry’s own words: “Antonio is a fantastic arranger, guitarist and lap steel player. It has been years since I’ve worked with another guitar player and the timing really felt right for this new recording.”
All of Hale’s parts were recorded live with Antonio adding his accompanying lines at the same time from the control booth. A spare, unvarnished energy with Terry Lee’s voice always front and center was captured and magnified. The work of Matt Emerson Brown (Soft Hills, Trespassers Williams, The Walkabouts) as the mix engineer brought a fresh perspective and a three-dimensional resonance to the collected songs.
“Bound, Chained, Fettered” finds Hale deeply immersed in the power of his voice and the power of his songs and as always, unafraid to push emotional and musical boundaries. The album is uncluttered, elegant and compelling. It is quite possibly Terry Lee Hale’s finest album to date.
Antonio and Terry Lee will be touring together as a duo in Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland beginning early May 2016 and early October again in Italy,GAS and Czech Republic. Dates are being booked by Boehm Booking (GAS) and Roots Music Club (Italy).
Summertime is over 2016
Hottest summer on record, Nice, Atlanta, Istanbul, Dallas, Brussels, Trump, Clinton, Brexit, ISIS, Putin, China, North Korea, Syria, refugees, etc. Now what? Pokémon? Gimmie a fucking break.
It seems the words to Bound, Chained, Fettered are becoming more relevant by the day. “Don’t let it get you to you, drag you down…”
I’m getting the songwriting itch back and it’s feeling good. It’s baby steps for now anyway. Especially tentative as is usually the case just after finishing a recording project. So much time and energy is focused just on that. And rightly so I suppose. I’m not ignoring the writing itch though. It’s time. I’ve 4 or 5 good (great?) ones perking. I can feel more floating just under my skin. The pen feels natural in my hand.
Hardpan is rearing its gnarly head again. We’ll see. 2017 record and tour?
I’m making plans to visit Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Czech Republic, Norway, France and I hope, America.
As always I’d like to remind you that your purchase of my music at our web store is important and a great way to support this songwriter. Times are hard for everybody though and I understand. I also understand that folks are getting used to having their music for free now. I gotta tell you friends, it’s not free to make that music you download for free. No sirree. Those songs you have of mine cost us a lot of money to produce. Every one of those musicians, the producer, mixing and mastering engineers, design artist and video director got paid. Each one of them worked for less then they are worth too but they did get paid. I’ll never see any of that money back unless you buy a record. Think about it.
To be continued…
One thing is for sure about Marseille: the weather shapes much of how this city lives and breathes. As much of the rest of Europe starts to bundle up and hunker down with colder weather, here you just have to find the sunny side of the building to be comfortable in shirt sleeves. I was just talking with Berlin on the phone and it’s even below zero at night now.
My new record has been recorded and is now being mixed. Release worldwide is April 15th. I recorded all of my guitars and vocals at the same time so the record really has a live feel. Simple arrangements (some combination of bass clarinet, electric guitars, lap steel, piano, baritone sax, synths, melodica) all combined with colors of brown and blues. Produced and recorded in Forli Italy by Antonio Gramentieri (Sacri Couri, Dan Stuart, Hugo Race, etc) and engineered by Franco Neddei, the record will be a spare, lyrically oriented affair. It is going to be unlike anything I’ve done before.
Anyway, lot’s of work to be organized and completed before that April date. New photos, a video, a updated press kit and all of that. Antonio and I will be touring together as a duo in Germany starting around the middle of May. Dates are being booked by Boehm Booking.
For now I put together some images and music for The Central song from the album The Long Draw. I used my iMac with iMovie and did all the work myself. Seemed to take forever to get it done but I’m pretty klutzy with such work. I guess it turned out ok. It’s not flashy but I just wanted to capture the spirit of that one time and place. I have quite fond memories of it all. I hope you like it.
Summer Newsletter 27.08.15
Hello friends and music lovers,
I hope you’ve had a good summer and that this mail finds you well and in good spirits.
The big news is that Katy and I are living now in Marseille. Katy has been here more then 1 year (new job) and I arrived in April. It has taken me awhile to get used to living in an apartment after more then 10 years of living in a house but this was a necessary first step. Still, and for the most part, I am enjoying the city and our lives here. Marseille is not Paris of course. But it is a “more like me” kind of place if that makes sense? It’ll take some months to connect all the dots here but that’s ok. For now we’re excited about all the sunshine, our new friends and all of the new opportunities.
I am also happy to give you the news that I’m will begin recording a new album next month (Glitterhouse Records). I will be in the studio working with Antonio Gramentieri as the Producer in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Antonio is a fine guitarist and has produced records for Hugo Race, Dan Stuart and his own wonderful band Sacri Cuori. He will bring a fresh vision for my new songs. Glitterhouse and I are working for a release date very early in 2016.
I’m feeling healthy and strong and I am working hard to make this next recording my best one yet. Please stay tune for news of further adventures!
Please don’t forget that purchasing music is vital for musicians. I have an online store here that you can link to.
Your friend in music,
Terry Lee Hale
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.