Lee DeWyze is a Billboard chart topping, internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter. He’s long surpassed a million views on YouTube, and has had songs featured on The Walking Dead and Nashville. Oh, and did I mention that he won American Idol Season 9? Well, for Lee, that’s not enough. He wants more.
DeWyze is set to release Oil & Water, his fifth solo album and first with Shanachie Entertainment, on February 12th, and proudly admits, “I think for once I am making music that is just me. All the way through.”
Today, he’s premiering a live acoustic session of “Oil & Water,” the title track from his upcoming release. Recorded in-studio in Los Angeles, the track is a perfect introduction to DeWyze as a skilled, poetic lyricist and husky-voiced, entrancing troubadour. The song feels effortless for DeWyze, yet intimately confessional– a heartbreaking portrait of the trials that come with love. The minimalist feel of the track, which features DeWyze, his acoustic guitar and a female singer who provides sparing harmonies, only enhances the powerful emotion that it conveys. DeWyze explains, “[it] is a song that deals with the balance of love and life. What you want to do versus what you have to do at times. Having to leave your love, but knowing you’ll see them again… and that moment before you have to say goodbye.”
DeWyze kicks off his world tour on the 11th in Boston, and will make stops at New York City’s Cutting Room on the 12th, Philly’s World Café Live on the 15th and Detroit’s Magic Bag on February 19th. Preorder the album on iTunes or PledgeMusic, and head to his website for the rest of his tour dates,
Check out the video for “Oil & Water” below.