“It’s alright, it’s okay, certain troubles abide, in the light of the day,” Gabe Lee sings in the opening track of his new album, farmland. Much of Gabe’s music offers a slow-moving tempo and subtle changes. It’s the kind of thing one might gravitate towards on a rainy day, when looking for something comfortable, easy-going and easy to relate to: discussions about love, or issues and complications that arise from love. How love can make us do stupid things, or even save us.
farmland offers hints of the songwriter’s unique perspective, an outlook influenced by a musical childhood -- one in which he was surrounded by music, though he gathered his knowledge of both classic rock and contemporary sounds from friends in his neighborhood. One of just a few songwriters of Asian descent in Nashville’s Americana scene, Gabe’s parents immigrated from Taiwan in the early ’80s to pursue master's degrees at the University of Arizona. They followed a job to Nashville, where he was raised. His family’s musical tastes hinged on a peculiar amalgam of church and gospel, classical music, and NPR radio.