Following alongside her parents at icehouses, dive bars, and honky-tonks, Beth Lee adopted the grit and soul of the Houston music scene at an early age. After maturing alongside the influence of a musician father, she moved to Austin to find out what the "live music capital of the world" was all about. Longing to go into the studio and start her own band, Beth enlisted the help of Ron Flynt and Scrappy Jud Newcomb, two talented musicians in the
Austin scene. After the release of her debut album, "Cassette Tapes and Cash Money" in 2008, Beth was mentioned in Rob Patterson's Sidetracks column in Texas Music Magazine as a songwriter to "keep an ear
peeled" for. She stands at "the crossroads where roots and rock meet, like a sweet, sad angel ready to deal with the devil in all of us". She currently plays shows around Austin, most recently with local Houston transplants: Jimmy Dundon (her dad)and guitarist Adam Burchfield (The Octanes), not to mention the solid backbone formed by drummer Ralph Power. They formed the "Breakups". Adam's rockabilly guitar licks, Jimmy's punchy bass lines (and familial harmonies) , and Beth's soulful songwriting create a sound that is feisty yet vulnerable, unapologetic yet heartbroken.
Beth's vocals and songwriting skills (think Wanda meets Lucinda) combine to form a unique take on a music rooted in tradition. The Breakups recently went into the studio with producer Ron Flynt to work on a new album entitled "One More Time Again", a 13 track story of relationships gone wrong, with song titles like "Foolish Heart", "Time to Talk", and "13 Roses". It is mainly a band album, with a couple of guest appearances from local country singers Bracken Hale, Jenn Miori (Carper Family), and Christy Hays, drummer Vicente Rodriguez (Sisters Morales, the Drakes), guitarist Matt Giles (Toni Price, Marcia Ball), and the keyboard stylings of Ron Flynt (20/20) and Jim Hawkins. It also features part-time Breakup Jessica Will on bass. There are 12 original tracks, including the title track co-written by drummer Joel Duhon, and one song written by Beth's father (Jimmy Dundon) called "Messy World". The c.d. is currently available at cdbaby, iTunes, Waterloo Records, and Antone's Records in Austin, TX.