Had William Faulkner or Cormac McCarthy turned their creative
impulses toward musical composition, the result might very well have
been something akin to Munly & The Lee Lewis Harlots. Often described
as, 'a thinkin' man's country music,' Munly's wide vocal range, from a
low bass to a high soprano, on top of the Harlot's dark, often sensuous
string arrangements make for a unique sound that remains long after the
music stops. From the dirge-like despair of "Jacob Dumb," the almost
frenetic ditties like "Of Silas Fauntleroy's Willingness to Impress the
Panel", to what seems to be a classic, "Big Black Bull Comes Like A
Caesar," the creative depth and range is at once challenging and
invigorating. One can't help but have the distinct feeling that these
songs were heart wrenchingly conceived and crafted. An impressive
marriage of musical arrangement and instrumentation with jaw-dropping
lyrical storytelling, Munly & The Lee Lewis Harlots is altogether an
intoxicating, seductive musical experience.
Munly has been performing for the past decade with various backing
musicians. He has released four solo albums to date and his fifth, Munly
& The Lee Lewis Harlots, (co-released between Smooch and Alternative
Tentacles) is the culmination of his experiences and acheivements. Munly
is also the front sideman of Slim Cessna's Auto Club and has written songs
for the Auto Club's past two albums. An artist in the true sense of the
word, Munly has been active in many different media through the years.
His book “Ten Songs With No Music”, is a collection of his songs in
story format from all of his past albums. His writing has gained him
attention in other areas, garnering the prestigious 'Young North
American Playwright' award, and his music was even featured on Melrose
Place. Munly himself has also acted on MTV’s “Austin Stories”.
Munly & The Lee Lewis Harlots is a co-release with Smooch Records. Visit
the Smooch website for more info.