Album Review: Traverse This Universe

OFFbeat – Sophie Lee, transplanted native of the ’90s or not, could be turning into the Leah Chase of trad jazz; not only does she operate Three Muses while holding down a steady gig at the Spotted Cat, she’s preparing to relaunch Seoul Shack in mid-summer at an Uptown location.

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Seoul Singer: Miss Sophie Lee Expands Her Palate

OFFbeat Magazine – Miss Sophie Lee does a lot of dreaming nowadays—a lot of the songs on her new disc, Traverse This Universe, were literally dreamed up. And when it comes to her life and work in New Orleans, she’s dreaming big. Before the year is out she’ll have opened two new music and food hotspots—to join the one she’s already got, the popular Three Muses on Frenchmen Street. Meanwhile she’s released her fourth album, first in three years, and most accomplished one yet. In a city where the music and restaurant biz are equally exclusive, the Chicago-transplanted Lee is pulling both off in style.

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Miss Sophie Lee: Love Street Lullaby

All About Jazz – If there is one constant element in New Orleans music, it is tradition. Though there are many styles and genres to be discovered and enjoyed within this vibrant and energetic city, there is a defining acoustic syncopated sound which is most identified and associated with New Orleans. Vocalist Miss Sophie Lee with Love Street Lullaby has upheld this steady emphasis on roots music blended with modern sophistication to become one of the premier singers of the Crescent City.

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Miss Sophie Lee: Tracking Her Roots

OFFBeat Magazine- Miss Sophie Lee is surveying Frenchmen Street from the balcony of Three Muses, the restaurant and music club that she co-owns and where she’s played many a show with her band. “They say that New Orleans is a place where you either lose yourself or find yourself,” she notes. “I’m one of the lucky ones.”

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Two-Steppin’: Married With Music

OFFBeat Magazine – “You have to want more for the other person than you want for yourself,” says Barbara Menendez. The former member of local ’80s band the Cold pours me a cup of coffee in her kitchen around the corner from the Prytania Theater. She doesn’t ask if I take cream or sugar, only “How much do you want?”

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Miss Sophie Lee, Tallulah Moon

OFFbeat Magazine – Tallulah Moon, the latest from singer Miss Sophie Lee, sees her accompanied by a band culled largely from members of the Cottonmouth Kings. The sound is New Orleans jazz meets gypsy swing, the latter suggested by John Rodli’s briskly strummed guitar and Matt Rhody’s highflying violin.

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