Keep Your Mouth Shut
country-fried rock 'n' soul
country-fried rock 'n' soul
Video for New Single, filmed at The Blackheart, Austin TX
Based out of Austin, TX, Beth Lee grew up on the grit and soul of the Houston music scene, her dad a long time musician of the Bayou City. Since 2008, Beth has been playing in a band and recording her original music with local musicians that have an ear for her songwriting ability. She has toured through several states over the past few years in support of her 2013 release "One More Time Again", honing in and developing her energetic live performances. She has evolved from a soulful, innocent songwriter to a sultry, sassy, rock 'n' roller, with a sound that is pure "country-fried rock 'n' soul" (Laurie Gallardo, KUTX). Her new album, "Keep Your Mouth Shut", released May 5th, 2016 has been garnering positive reviews from independent radio and roots publications, including KUTX, the Alternate Root Magazine and Third Coast Music Magazine. It features long time drummer Ralph Power, bassist Amanda Darnell, and regular guitarist Landis Armstrong. Talented guitar players Adam Burchfield, Matt Giles, and Eric Hisaw make several appearances on the album, also having been in the regular lineup of "Breakups" over the past few years.
Vocals, Guitar / Beth Lee
Guitar/ Landis Armstrong
Bass / Amanda Darnell
Drums / Ralph Power
"Austin-based songwriter and guitarist Beth Lee‘s straightforward, sultry rasp determinedly cuts to the core on her new LP, Keep Your Mouth Shut. The deliciously wry humor sears through, because keeping tight-lipped is exactly what Lee is not about to do. It’s time to open up, speak out, and tell it like it is. She’s belting no-nonsense, country-fried rock ‘n’ soul piercing straight through the heart, and any ounce of heartache can take a back seat."
"A perfect mix of brass, sass, vulnerability, and no-nonsense"
-- Laurie Gallardo, KUTX, Austin Music Minute
"Beth Lee is a seductress with a snarl as she draws love into her flame far enough to leave a mark as she steps on the heart trailing her around, squashing any hints of something happening in “You Don't Get Me High”. Beth Lee and the Breakups play punk rock for the prairies and open range, honky tonk rock’n’roll made for dance floors and drinking. Train track beats signal “Belleville County Line” as it rattles by while ”Thick of It” inhabits a CCR-rhythm and the title track slows to a desert dry shuffle warning on a whisper to “Keep Your Mouth Shut”.
--Danny McCloskey, Alternate Root Magazine
"Beth Lee’s rock & roll, is simple and straight forward. It’s a
retro-roots-rock sound, but not nostalgic. It’s music designed to frame her
voice which is clear and strong and full of conviction, even when she’s singing
about heartache and woe."
"Beth Lee & The Breakups is one of my favorite rock & roll bands. Their sound is very retro roots rock but at the same time, Beth has a very modern edgy angst in her vibe that's very appealing. I don't know how she does it."
--Calvin Powers, WHUP, Americana Music Show
"Beth Lee was born to front a country rock band...[her] ability to sing tender and vulnerable on one song, be country heartbroken on another and rock out on a third, [the breakups] can come across like Wanda Jackson & The Party Timers or early Lucinda Williams"
--John Conquest, Third Coast Music Magazine