Roots-rockers, Beth Lee & The Breakups, are to celebrate the release of their new album, “Keep Your Mouth Shut”, on May 5th, alongside blues guitarist Chris Duarte, at the One-2-One Bar in Austin, TX. Beth Lee, 3 years after her second album release, has joined forces with drummer and producer John Bush (Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, Greezy Wheels, Patrice Pike) to create a 13 track album of original tunes, whose musical style melds blues, honky-tonk, rockabilly, and rock ‘n’ roll.
Since her 2013 release “One More Time Again”, Beth’s sound has evolved from a soulful innocence to that of a sultry, sassy, rock ‘n’ roller, with a voice that’s unapologetic yet vulnerable; tough yet heartbroken. Her current live band is featured on “Keep Your Mouth Shut”: Amanda Darnell, Ralph Power, and Landis Armstrong, not to mention other rotating “Breakups”, guitarists Adam Burchfield, Matt Giles, Eric Hisaw, and father Jimmy Dundon. The Breakups have held down a two year residency at local Rainey Street music stalwart, the Blackheart, as well as tours through several states over the past two years.
While sharing a bill during the Sturgis Biker Rally in South Dakota, Beth’s songwriting and energetic live performance caught the ear of guitarist Chris Duarte, who decided to record two of her songs on his latest self-released album. After being away from the Austin scene for the past 10 years, he’s returned and has teamed up with Beth for a joint c.d. release show on Cinco de Mayo.
“Perfect mix of brass, sass, no-nonsense, and vulnerability” — Laurie Gallardo, KUTX