Review: Phil Lee “So Long, It’s Been Good To Know You”

Phil Lee has had a long professional career in the music business. He began as a drummer in the 1960s and has performed with everybody who's anybody over the last few decades. But Phil Lee has had no finer moment than his terrific new album, "So Long, It's Been Good To Know You."

On the album, Phil Lee is sometimes a sardonic, rockabilly Bob Dylan. In other moments, he's a country Tom Petty performing his unique lyrics with a wink and a nod. However, Lee's best asset is his signature sound and authentic country voice that never fails to impress. This is an artist who could sing your third grader's book report and make it sound like an Americana classic.

The album begins with the personal story "25 Mexicans" and is followed by "Sonny George" which has a winning Chris Knight meets Charlie Daniels vibe. But the biggest surprise of the album is "We Cannot Be Friends Anymore," which has a big sound and lyrics that paint a vivid picture of a relationship gone bad.

The best song on the album is the country gem, "Last Year, Pt. 2 (Killing Time)." If there was any doubt that Phil Lee is a country boy, this track proves it. Moreover, the track could and should be a major Texas country and Americana radio chart hit. Phil Lee's vocals have never sounded better, the production is crisp and the melody is extraordinarily memorable.

The serious side of Phil Lee is illustrated with the tender "I Hope Love Always Knows Your Name" which is one of the most beautiful Americana songs recorded in the last few years. Radio programmers should take particular notice of "I Hope Love Always Knows Your Name," because listeners will eat it up like peach pie at a church social.
Phil Lee has created a rich and vibrant album that is successful on all levels. Plus, Lee's uniquely wonderful voice is the perfect instrument for the fine lyrics which offer new insights upon each additional listen. "So Long, It's Been Good To Know You" is the album Phil Lee was born to make. Hopefully, the title of the album is not a goodbye to his many fans, because it is way too early to say "so long" to Phil Lee.