James Brown was the Godfather of Soul, if he was in fact the busiest man in show business then Will Lee may be running a close second!
Love, Gratitude and Other Distractions is one of the finest releases of the year across any genre. I was incredibly fortunate to catch up with Will Lee and he was most gracious in answering a few questions for us!
It has been a good stretch of time since the last record. You have a great many irons consistently in the fire including playing on the latest Keiko Matsui release. Going from your own projects to sessions to television - how do you keep it all flowing and do you have to do any special mental gymnastics to make it happen? Is it too soon to ask if more solo records will be coming?
You've recently been on the cover of Bass Player, critics are raving over the new release. I ask this question of a lot of people; what makes a good critic or do critics even show up on your radar? There are a small but concentrated band of musicians that maintain you need a quarter century of recording and playing gigs to be qualified to write about music but that is the equivalent of saying only an Oscar winner can review a film.
The music business much like the economy is still stagnant. Has the industry kept up well with the plethora of platforms available to promote an artist or do you see that going back into the hands of the artist more and more. The days of the major label deal are gone, good or bad?
The music on the new record is such a wonderful eclectic mix yet it never ventures so far off the beaten path as to become pretentious so I have to know, who are your biggest musical influence?
A big thank you to Will Lee for his time, his publicist Michael Bloom of Michael Bloom Media Relations and to everyone for checking out the review which is currently the number one review in the long history of this site!