Joel Lee is just getting started with his new single and video The Party Ain’t Over — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
A tongue-in-cheek glimpse into the summertime routines of country folks living on the west coast, complete with their ‘warm breeze and tall trees,’ This Party Ain’t Over throws open the gates on the rockin’ country truth of how Canada’s Pacific-side revellers like to rip it up during festival season.
“I wanted to really pull together a vibe that accurately describes the shenanigans here celebrating our west coast summer,” the Nanaimo, B.C. country singer-songwriter says. “Anybody who has been to a country music festival knows ‘there ain’t no party like a country music festival party. I wanted to convey what it’s like being at a four-day country music festival on the morning of Day 3: hungover and tired, and still with another big night left to go. You don’t feel much like ‘ripping it up’ again but, you know … Hair of the dog, and all that!”
This new single marks the first time Lee has taken the producing reins in hand, full on, he shares. “This Party Ain’t Over was my real first shot at producing my own music. My tendency is to write love songs or melancholic ballads but, with This Party Ain’t Over, I wanted to be the ‘fun guy’ for a day and show off my inner party animal. I had a very specific direction I wanted this recording to go in, and I couldn’t be happier with the result.”
The right recipe for making the song’s accompanying video was to “throw an epic party” for his friends, of course. “It was a blast to shoot,” Lee recalls. “Turns out, I have several personalities! A couple of beers, and I’m Superman. Welcome to the Joel Lee show. ‘Nuff said.”
Lee released his debut and sophomore singles No Filter and Adrenaline in 2020 after recording his forthcoming debut EP at Nashville’s legendary Blackbird Studios with producers Brent Fortin and Shawn Moore. Lee has also worked with production giants Mike Fraser (AC/DC) and Jeff Dawson (Daniel Powter), and opened for the likes of Emerson Drive, Washboard Union, Gord Bamford, Chad Brownlee and more.