"The imagery throughout is stunning..." - Side One: Track One
“Thief and Rescue sounds like a lost Lou Reed album recorded in Austin between Rock and Roll Heart and Street Hassle ... a courageous document.” - There Stands The Glass
“a grand reverb soaked celebration of music and life.” - JFelton, Record Dept.
“…an excellent solo album … poetic and stormy and quite personal.” - Austin Chronicle;
#1 - Nine Best Austin Albums of 2009.
"It's a brooding album that questions the validity of music during troubled times, then comes to the conclusion that even when a good song is all you have, it can be enough … one of the best Austin albums of 2009.” - Austin American-Statesman
"The most delightful surprise of 2009. Affecting, intensely personal songs enhanced by sparse arrangements and brittle, memorable imagery." - Texas Music Matters, KUT Radio; #3 - Ten Best Albums of 2009.
"I'd give and eye-tooth for a voice like Lee's. The man can write too." - James McMurtry
Produced by Brian Beattie and myself, our intention from the start was to grow an organic pulsing sigh of a record that exists somewhere outside of time. Born at the intersection of private loss and the public destruction visited on the city of New Orleans, the album is ultimately a celebration of music, of it's essential spiritual cadence. At times it sounds like it wafted up on a swollen storm cloud. The songs poured from a wounded heart into a hot iron skillet where the fire was turned down to simmer with generous chunks of rock meat and lazy funeral horns... slow curing lamentations that vibrate with sweet distortion.
Thief and Rescue is a labor of love paid for with bartered paintings and construction labor. It was built with generous contributions from old friends. The album closes with an open invitation, a seven minute climb into joyful music making, "Let's get lost in a song about nothing, sung by no one. Do you hear? 'cause there's nowhere that I'd rather be..."
Track listing: The Mosquito / Don't Want Much / Broken Cup / The Monkey and The Ass / Darla / 1000 Miles / Way Back (Shoo-be-doo) / Gloryland Bus Driver / Something's Moving / All Night Long / Let's Get Lost
feature stories and interviews:
Everyday Magic - Audra Schroeder, the Austin Chronicle