Americana Highways presents this premiere of Nate Lee’s song “Tobacco,” (written by Daniel Salyer) from his forthcoming album Wings of a Jetliner, produced by Professor Dan Boner at ETSU Recording Lab. “Tobacco” was performed by Nate Lee and The Becky Buller Band: Nate Lee on lead vocals and mandolin; Becky Buller on fiddle and harmony vocals; Dan Boner on guitars; Ned Luberecki on banjo and Daniel Hardin on bass.
With his lonesome old timey mandolin, Nate Lee creates foot stompin’ good songs — you’d swear you were back on the front porch up in the hills. “Tobacco” is a classic example of what Lee can do, and surrounded by the Becky Buller band, you’ll feel like you’ve been welcomed into the thick of a summertime shindig.
“Tobacco” was sent to me by Dan Boner one evening and he was really excited about it because of the true historical events in the song. I liked the melody and the story a lot, but it wasn’t until I got into the history of the Black Patch Tobacco Wars that I noticed the depth of wordplay by songwriter, Daniel Salyer. The protagonist in this story is a man stuck between an industrial monopoly and an armed gang of vigilantes. My bandmates from the Becky Buller Band joined me on this track. They are a powerful group of players and the energetic mash groove of the band, coupled with Becky’s powerful tenor vocals really made the story exciting. It’s one of my favorite tracks on Wings of a Jetliner and I’m excited to share the album with the world! — Nate Lee