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Lee MacDougall Singer/Songwriter

Busk Till Dawn – THE DEBUT ALBUM

For the last three years Lee MacDougall has travelled the world with nothing but an old suitcase in hand and a battered guitar on his back. He has played music everywhere from Alabama to Austria, including raucous gigs at famous venues such as LA’s Hotel Cafe and NYC’s Bitter End, as well as festivals such as SXSW and Hard Rock Calling in London’s Hyde Park.

Independently supporting himself on the road, and often crashing on sofas and floors while travelling more than 50,000 miles, Lee played hundreds of unique shows, collecting tales and hangovers along the way. His music has taken him to places a boy from Grimsby should never see. There have been performances in hotel rooms in Vegas, millionaire’s mansions in the Hollywood Hills – and who could forget the time he was asked by 15 cheerleaders to put on a show in a Jacuzzi? Certainly not Lee. After a club shut down, Lee and his music would often carry on regardless, often staying up all night, often busking till dawn.

These experiences became stories, and these stories became songs. Once back in London, Lee met up with his old friend, producer Jim Lowe. Jim was fresh from No.1 success producing British band Stereophonics and was looking for some new music. After several large gins and confessions of all their sins it was decided: they would team up over the summer to record Lee’s debut album.

Featuring 10 songs and 10 true stories, as well as a guest appearance by The Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock on bass guitar, “Busk Till Dawn” is everything you would want from a modern British guitar record of instantly memorable lyrical pop.

THE STORY

British singer/songwriter/storyteller Lee MacDougall has the kind of voice that can “fill every crevice of a room and every fibre of your body” (Backseat Sandbar). Crafting songs like short stories, or 3 minute mini-movies, Lee’s brand of modern folk-pop combines instantly memorable melodies with true tales of real life experience that almost anyone could relate to. From the everyday mundane of growing up in the rock n’ roll town of Grimsby, to eloping to London, and of all the love, life, and characters he has met along the way.

Inspired by the wry observational humour and storytelling of classic Brit acts such as The Kinks, The Beatles and Rod Stewart, and proclaimed by The Huffington Post as one to watch, Lee’s intensely personal lyrical style has helped win him many admirers:

“You absolutely cannot fake that kind of sincerity and passion.” (BBC 6 Tom Robinson) …. “An amazing storyteller, his songs are like paintings framed in music.” (Skope Mag)

Lee was born in Grimsby – a small town on the east coast of England, and began working in the local fish factory soon after he left school. The defining moment in Lee’s career came one day when a co-worker stole Lee’s shoes meaning he had to walk home barefoot. Lee quit the fish factory and at 21 he relocated to London where he soon established himself on the local open mic circuit. As word-of-mouth of his performances began to spread, Lee began to amass an army of dedicated supporters as word of his music also began to grow rapidly online. Independently, Lee promptly took to the road, capitalising on his growing popularity and performing more than 150 shows around the world in less than two years. This included three tours of the USA, four tours of Germany, and a series of captivating support slots across the UK with the likes of Train, Paolo Nutini and Rumer.

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Busk Till Dawn - Track by Track - No. 10 - This Is My Story

This song was inspired by one of Mark Twain's most famous quotes: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching, and live like it’s heaven on earth." I was also listening to Jack Penate when I wrote it, and I really liked his song "My Yvonne" and that inspired the chord sequence on the guitar. I really wanted to write something autobiographical, but with a lot of melancholy. I'm definitely a melancoholic...

The complete song & album here:
Amazon: goo.gl/4W0eaM
iTunes: goo.gl/xxhjKh
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This Is My Story // Lyrics

Flatter me and I'll be yours forever
Get too close and I'll run
I know it seems I always think I know better
Well everyone's entitled to my opinion
Sometimes I think I'm funny when I'm not
But that's just me

This is my story who knows how it ends
Each page a memory of lovers and friends
Always a dreamer my life has no plan
I know I'm not perfect but my Mum says that I am

She said I can't be anybody else
I can't be anybody else
I can't be anybody else but me

Flatter me and I'll be yours forever
But don't pin all your hopes on me
Well, I might seem a little too cocky and clever
But I've always had a problem with all authority
Sometimes I say I'm sorry when I'm not
But that's just me

This is my story who knows how it ends
Each page a memory of lovers and friends
Always a dreamer my life has no plan
I know that I'm not perfect but my Mum says that I am

This is my story I'll love 'til it hurts
Kiss like it matters and I jump in headfirst
I'm young and I'm reckless, don't misunderstand
I know I'm not perfect but my Mum says that I am

She said I can't be anybody else
I can't be anybody else
I can't be anybody else but me
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Danke an die Familien Schember für die tolles Garten / Wohnzimmer Konzert in Hattenheim gestern Abend! Ich hoffe euch alle im nächsten Jahr wieder zu sehen!

wenn Ihr Interesse an einem Haus Konzert habt bitte schreibt leemacdougall@hotmail.co.uk
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Busk Till Dawn - Track by Track - No. 3 - Hindsight

All of the songs on my album are based on true stories of things that have happened to me, except this one. I read an article in a newspaper one Christmastime about a girl who was killed by a drunk driver, and I started to imagine about her life and her family and what they must be going through by losing her in that way. I imagined that maybe she had a boyfriend and how awful it would have been if the last time he saw her they had had an argument, and how if we only knew the future how it would change the things we do in the present. It's a very sad song, but it has a great slide guitar solo ;)

The complete song & album here:
Amazon: goo.gl/4W0eaM
iTunes: goo.gl/xxhjKh
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Hindsight // Lyrics

A little too much to drink
Flickering christmas lights
It was just another stupid argument
But i think about it all the time
I wanted just to pull her close
But i'm stubborn and i got too proud
A teardrop glanced her beauty spot
And she disappeared into the crowd
I swear i thought i saw her leaving
With a man stood by the bar
And i turned to the frosty window
As she stepped into the car

I can't let that feeling go
I should have run, but I just froze
I shouldn't have let her get in
Well hindsight is a wonderful thing

And the snowflakes danced around
The blue and white flashing lights
The sound of a speeding ambulance
And a car lying on it's side
There was alcohol upon his breath
And his voice began too crack
Well "sorry" is the hardest word I've heard
But it's never gonna bring her back

I can't let that feeling go
How i stood frozen in the snow
I shouldn't have let her get in
Well hindsight is a wonderful thing

And I can't help but wish somehow
If I only knew then what I know now
I wouldn't have let her get in
Well hindsight is a wonderful thing...
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Dankeschön an die Bögemann Familie in Münster für das Hosting einer schönen wohnzimmer / garten Konzert gestern Abend . Es war großartig alle wieder zu sehen! ...

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Busk Till Dawn - Track by Track - No. 7 - London in the Summer

I wanted to write a song that was a tribute to the city I lived in for 10 years, one of the most amazing cities in the world. I name checked some of my favourite places and just wanted to create the feeling of actually being in London in a song. I will be shooting a video for this track in London over the summer. Chilled vibes, I like it, especially the Hawaiian style guitar riff :)

The complete song & album here:
Amazon: goo.gl/4W0eaM
iTunes: goo.gl/xxhjKh
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London in the Summer // Lyrics

Sitting by the river in an old cafe
whiling away the hours with the sun on my face
A million different people weave along the streets
Beautifully together like a tapestry

I'm feeling melancholy as the world goes by
The wonder of the city really makes me sigh

Give me London in the summertime
Come see London in the summertime

I wander through the market and the air's so still
Down from Portobello into Primrose Hill
And brokers looking busy in expensive suits
But I don't need their money to enjoy the view

The girls are looking pretty in their vintage style
It seems an awful pity not to stay a while

Give me London in the summertime
Come see London in the summertime

The streets are filled with tourists here to see my queen
Hoping she'll invite them for a cup of tea
A busker by the station warms his weathered skin
Sipping on a beer and smiling as his sings

Give me London in the summertime
Come see London in the summertime

It's a red sky tonight
To Shepherds Bush delight
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Management (Ger)


Anschrift:
Thomas Kühn
Kavalierstraße 24
13187 Berlin

Fon: +49. (0)30. 498 52 745

Mobil: +49. (0)163. 554 05 99

Mail: radiokuhn@t-online.de

UK/US: leemacdougall@hotmail.co.uk