Lee Bogan is simply one of the most talented people I have ever met. A world class songwriter who scored a major hit with Joe Diffie (“Honky Tonk Attitude”) and a performer who has played smoking lead guitar with Diffie, Billy Joe Royal, Artimus Pyle, Dr. Hook, and is currently out with Ronnie McDowell, Bogan can play any instrument he can get his hands on, and play it well.
His latest CD West Springs is filled with ten more great songs, nine of which were written or co-written by Bogan. “That’s How I Roll” was recently a major hit on internet country radio, and is still being spun all over the country. While his up tempo and often humorous songs like “I Like Her But” are excellent, it is perhaps his ballads that showcase Bogan’s strongest talent. Songs like the beautiful “Country from the Heart” and the tender “Mother Load,” a tribute to mothers everywhere.
Every song on this release is a good one, including the sole cover, a Tim Gillihan/Buck Moore tune, “Scars,” and Lee’s fun loving “Redder Necker” and the rocking “I’ll Never Stop Believing.”
Far above average songs, great singing and playing (Lee plays all the instruments) and a whole lot of southern spirit. West Springs is a classic. Lee Bogan deserves to be mentioned in the same breath with Merle Haggard, Garth Brooks and even his favorite bands, Kansas and Journey. That’s a fact, from one Upstate South Carolina boy to another. Keep up the good work, Lee. Nashville needs more writers who write straight from the heart.
-Michael Buffalo Smith