Gabe Lee talks about the music that influenced his new album “The Hometown Kid”

Nashville native Gabe Lee just released their new album The Hometown Kid last week, and now he caught up with us to discuss the influences behind the album, which range from contemporaries like Nikki Lane, Jason Isbelland the late Justin Townes Earle to veterans like Jackson Browne, John Hiattand the late Jean Prine to – as the title of the album suggests – having Nashville as his home. The Hometown Kid is a great collection of country, folk and rock, all fueled by Gabe’s expert narration, and you can stream the entire album and read what he had to say about the influences below. .

Gabe also has an album release show in Nashville this Friday (11/4)followed by a single date in NYC on November 7 at Rockwood Music Halland it will also appear at the Pindrop Songwriter Series in Nashville on November 14.


All or nothing -Niki Lane

Having already been drawn to Nikki’s vocals, the release of this record in 2014 – and each subsequent listen – is phenomenal proof of the artist’s development on every level. Songs like “Man Up” and “You Can’t Talk to Me Like That” may not have been considered commercial hits, but the production and writing of this record strikes me just as much as its tracking disc. queen of the highwayand should be touted as an essential step towards Nikki’s unmistakable grunge-icana sound that she’s all but perfected in her latest project. Denim and diamonds.

“Have a little faith in me” – John Hiatt

Soul. What more can be said? You either have it or you don’t. If you didn’t know what it was before this song, now you do.

Children in the street -Justin Townes Earle

Justin Townes will always be remembered as a troubled genius of his generation of songwriters. As such, his legacy will forever be clouded by his untimely passing, but none the less diminish his contribution to bringing history to song.

Will Hoge

This guy has been a staple in Nashville for many years, I think the first time I saw him was at a Lightning 100 event a long time ago when… his consistency as an entertainer didn’t is matched only by the consistency of his no-frills rock sound, which he has cultivated so well in a city whose Music City moniker should demand more than honky tonk and bubblegum country.

John Prine’s Legacy

The man, the master storyteller! His beloved Nashville legacy is in the hands of his sons and I consider comparisons of our styles between people the greatest of compliments. What he brought to songwriting may never be replicated, and it would behoove every writer to wonder “what would John Prine do” every time he put pen to paper.


A record of homecomings and comings and goings, the hometown kid’s journeys are fueled by my own taste of the road the past two years. I haven’t taken on a full multi-month run yet, and while it’s certainly part of the dream, either you’re made for it or you’re not. And if you’re not, you pass anyway.

Nashville as home

Nashville has been and will be a thread in the fabric of almost everything I write. And it’s a unique perspective that I feel called to weave into the country genre, as well as into the overall patchwork of music produced in this city and even more in the South. That being said, the message of coming home and finding yourself on The Hometown Kid is meant to encompass everyone’s own experiences with their origin.

Runs empty -Jackson Browne

One of the best live records of all time, constantly playing in my house, my car and in my head. Another incomparable atmosphere, with great storytelling and gameplay.


Isbell is one of those writers so adept in his language that, like Dylan, people who consider themselves storytellers would do well to learn from him. The sonic accomplishments of his records are second to none, but it’s the way he tells his story that as a young writer, I consider almost every song to be its own master class.

Of the city under the hills – dog mouth

A fun midwestern rock and pop record that came out at a formative time during my college years when I was just beginning to hear a voice in my head whispering “create your own sound”. This record has lived in every car I’ve owned, and through probably millions of plays, I’ve gleaned some important tools on how to design song hooks without sacrificing originality.