John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Guy Clarkif theres ever a Music City Mount Rushmore, save the fourth head for Lee. Could this man be the best songwriter in Nashville? Even if not, just nod, shut up and play along: The dudes an expert knife thrower. But theres not a record this decade by a Nashville artist Ive played as often or as joyfully as Lees marvelous You Should Have Known Me Thenan album that would have made him a star on arrival, had its CD release party not fallen on Sept. 11, 2001. Heres your second chance: the more sober but equally rewarding So Long, Its Been Good to Know You (Palookaville), a collection that spans mock sea chanteys, wistful cabaret numbers and wryly rueful country-folk while single-handedly rebutting every mean thing weve ever said about Americana. Lee performs an early-evening in-the-round show with the formidable lineup of Peter Cooper, Fayssoux McClain and Jim Wilson. Visit phillee1.com for more information.
Thu., Oct. 30, 6 p.m., 2008