NYNE SONGS - The following is an excerpt of a review by Bob Davis, CEO & Co-Founder of award winning Soul-Patrol.com. Davis describes Gary Lee's second studio creation, "Nyne Songs", as a combination of "funk, blues, rock, and psychedelic". A concept album paying tribute to the 60's & 70's total album experience. This one needs to be listened to all the way through. Mr. Davis writes:
"There are many examples of great artistry within our midst that go unheard and unrecognized. This is personally offensive to me as a music fan, because it deprives me of hearing the "best of the best". You know how some albums come with a "parental advisory" sticker? This album should come with a sticker that says; "If you are unwilling to use your mind please don't buy this album". Does anyone here remember the times when Black folks liked a group called Santana and it was cool? I'm talking
about the Santana, starting with his third album that opened things up with voodoo funk, mixed with a healthy dose of Sun Raeque spirituality. In other words not quite blues, not quite funk, not quite rock, not quite gospel, and not quite jazz, but something that touches on all of those musical styles.
If you liked that version of Santana, then you will certainly dig the new album from Gary Lee called "Nyne Songs". It's all new music with a serious rock/funk/blues/spiritual groove that sounds earnest to my ears. This is music that you play late at night, you could be by yourself or you could be with a bunch of people, however it's not background music. It's music that commands your attention. It's completely unapologetic to any radio genre and doesn't care about things like that. Gary Lee takes the theme to the Andy Griffith TV show and makes it sound like something Sun Ra/Hendrix might have done. At other times Gary Lee sounds like a "southern rocker who spent a summer in Harlem". It's a whole lotta fun listening to it because it exudes a confidence & optimism that could have only existed from about 1971 till about 1976. By the time the album is over with, you will find yourself smiling, yet at the same time wondering just what has happened to this world since 1976, that killed all of that confidence & optimism and willing to spend just about every dime that you have in order to get it back again, even if for only five minutes. However you also realize that we actually don't have to spend any money to get that kind of groove back, it really is just a matter of treating other people the way that you want to be treated. And part of that treatment means getting other people to listen to music with a groove like this, from another era, which is "mind expanding, without being mind altering."
GOIN' SOUTH - The following is an excerpt of a review by Chris Puyear from MN Blues about Gary Lee McKimmie's debut CD, "Goin' South"....
"Gary has put together some real good grooves, three are re-makes of classics and the other eight are originals. Gary’s range of styles is impressive, from hard rockin' songs to acoustic blues. His voice is well suited for the blues. Gary does some old style R&R on “Hello Josephine”, real classic stuff. “Little Girl” is one of my favorites, it’s hard to describe. This song has what I would call a rolling boogie beat. The beat just keeps rolling along, while there is a hint of acoustic slide guitar that keeps echoing, a real nice groove and a good sound.
Another track I can say is a favorite of mine is also the biggest surprise on this CD. “Going South” is a great acoustic steel slide guitar tune. This is as sweet as it can get, just a man and his guitar. The playing is super, the style is classic and Gary’s singing is soulful. There’s a rocking cover of “Shake Your Money Maker”, the first notes have a thumping base line that brings to mind the band Foghat, we’re talking heavy duty bass. If you like the low-low I mean real low down blues then you will like “Big Legged Woman”. A cover this ain’t, yes it’s the song you know but you’ve never heard it this way. Imagine Muddy doing the Hoochie Coochie man with fuzz tone, that’s as close as I can get. Gary’s version has a guitar grind that just won’t quit. It's just fine stuff. “New Orleans” is a perfect description of the style. It’s a slow soulful song that starts out with only piano and accompaniment, eventually some guitar and organ fall into place. Gary’s singing really fits this style."