Company Men

Adam Lee and the Dead Horse Sound Co. bring their big-buckin' roots music to Lawrence

Adam Lee (left) and Johnny Kay

Adam Lee (left) and Johnny Kay

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Like many country music aficionados, Adam Lee came to the genre after a youth in punk rock. After growing up in Virginia, Lee drifted to Arizona and started a band called The Bible Belt with multi-instrumentalist Johnny Kay. The duo relocated to Kansas City a couple years back, founding a partnership called Adam Lee and the Dead Horse Sound Company (the latter being the name for Kay’s record-producing alias).

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Company Men: An interview with Adam Lee and the Dead Horse Sound Co.

Like many country music aficionados, Adam Lee came to the genre after a youth in punk rock. His debut album “Ghostly Fires” ditches much of the alt-country influence of his previous group in favor of a golden-era sound that recalls Merle Haggard, George Jones, and other heavy hitters. With his ...

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Lee’s debut album “Ghostly Fires” ditches much of the alt-country influence of his previous group in favor of a golden-era sound that recalls Merle Haggard, George Jones, and other heavy hitters. With Kay’s skills on guitar, lap steel, and mandolin riding shotgun, it’s a keenly produced affair that sets the scene just right for Lee’s deep-voiced drawl.

The Company men trekked down I-70 to join us for a half-hour podcast and share stories about pretty girls in bars (“They get prettier as the night goes on, depending on the drink special”), playing strip clubs, and hopping trains for 500 feet.

Adam Lee and the Dead Horse Sound Co. performs Monday at the Jackpot Saloon.