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Lee Baggett was born in the Philippines in 1966 and moved to Sanger, California where, with his school buddies, he formed his first band, Unknown Origin. With Lee on lead guitar making up power chord songs, they won the 1984 Madera Car Show Battle of the Bands.
Tapping into the golden era of San Luis Obispo music venues of the late 80’s and early 90’s, Fever Tree (not to be confused with the 60’s Fever Tree Band) was formed. With Lee’s brother Ted on bass and vocals, Jimmy Jacobs on drums, and Lee with his muddy Gibson SG, they played Lee’s songs in The Darkroom, 781Club, and DK’s West Indies Bar.
In 1999, Lee was playing his songs solo when he met fellow musician, poet, visual artist and surfing comrade, Kyle Field. He played off and on with Kyle’s Little Wings and the Be Gulls for two decades.
In 2007, after moving to Olympia, Washington with his wife, Denise, Lee recorded Burn’r as Leegull, with the help of Greg Olin and Portland, Oregon music friends. Lee continues to play and record as Leegull and Lee Baggett.
Just A Minute
Perpetual Doom is proud to present the long-awaited, long-lost album from songwriter Lee Baggett: Just a Minute. A West Coast journeyman of many years and sometimes guitarist for Little Wings, Baggett casts something of an enigmatic shadow in the indie rock world. His record—an odd and inviting collection of hazy sunset tunes—feels lost in time too, drifting through the cosmic wind. Unknown in origin, recorded sometime between 1979 and last year, Just a Minute arrives just in time.
These ten songs sound piped in from some beach town purgatory or a vinyl shop at the end of the world. There are rumors they were recorded at Sou’wester Lodge on the coast of Washington, between extensive surf sessions and all-night jams. Appropriately, each track beams with a characteristic lightness. Songs like “There Goes My Toast”—a lighthearted look at global warming, among other things—have a spur-of-the-moment feel, like they were dreamed by friends hanging around between riffs. “Easy” layers Baggett’s distinct warble in service of its outsider credo: “If you’re gonna ramble, ramble hard.” By the end of the track, there are a sea of voices singing: “It’s gonna be easier.” That hopeful sentiment courses throughout the record, settling like that first ray of light over the ocean fog. It touches the album’s more melancholic moments, too. On “Yesterday,” Baggett peers into the past, ruminating on missed communication and a lost loved one: “Maybe when I went to tell you, the words got in the way. Maybe there weren’t any words for what I wanted to say.” Elevated by barroom piano and ambling guitar, it is a touching moment of tribute on an album defined by a penchant for reverie.
Bass guitar on the record includes Sam Farrell and Nick Aives. Mixed by Tommy McDonald and Greg Olin at Range of Light Wilderness and recorded with help from Zeb and Bob Thayer, Just a Minute is at once strange and deeply familiar. It is a summer record for the winter months, something to help you forget the frost. A song like “Backroads,” cooked up on a meandering country drive, sums it all up: “Nothing on my mind, maybe my baby down by the poolside.”
Release Date: April 30, 2021
Sanger Ink Drawings
'Sanger Ink Drawings' is a high-quality, 16-page zine collecting original, mind-bending art by Lee Baggett. These drawings can open up the spirit to another realm, good or bad.
Release Date: April 30, 2021
Lee Baggett began a new chapter of his eclectic and varied songwriting career with the 2021 release of Just A Minute, and he’s continuing his experimental streak with his latest full length, Anyway. The seasoned musician is changing his stripes again with this 10-song collection by leaning into a more rollicking sound at times, as evidenced by the brisker feeling “Fruit Dog,” the album’s lead single, and the bustling and twangy penultimate track, “Highway Roll.” By embracing more country-tinged sonic elements like banjo, organ-sounding keys, and harmonica, Baggett is able to weave through winding narratives that poignantly parse through the challenging nature of change and evolution. On “Highway Roll,” he confronts how landscapes and settings he once knew are now unrecognizable, and takes that motif a step further on “Earlier Than The World” by achingly and vividly describing “concrete and rubble” amongst a sea of delicate, yet biting guitar riffs. Escape seems to be a viable option for Baggett with “Sink In My Dreams” and “Dust In The Wind” serving as the album’s soothing remedies, inviting the listener to sit back and get lost in Baggett’s mesmerizing guitar playing. His nimble guitar work is a prominent fixture on Anyway, acting as a crux at several key points. It resonates forcefully and feels emotionally charged. Just take the meandering bridge on “Earlier Than The World” as a prime example of how Baggett can aptly convey feeling through riffs.
Delving deeper into Anyway finds some familiar sounds, with songs like “Oh Well” and “Anyway” evoking the seaside melancholy of Baggett’s prior works. But there’s decidedly more intimacy hidden in the crevices of his words and hooks. Throughout, Baggett uses his refined storytelling skills to share his relatable fears and coping mechanisms, his river-like path to unexpectedly finding love, and his musings on an ever-changing world, amongst other experiences. His conversational disposition, folk-styled lyricism, and emotive sonic backdrops make for an immersive listening experience. - Tom Gallo
Release Date: Sept. 30, 2022