Not even could stop Lee Coulter. As the electricity stalled in North County last Thursday, Lee Coulter flexed his vox in San Diego. When asked how he spent the time during the outage, Coulter said, “I actually played a show. The event I played had a generator so all was good. I wondered at the time, am I the only entertainment in the county right now? Apart from the circus act that was traffic that day.”
Originally from Queensland, Australia, local producer, singer and songwriter Lee Coulter describes his tunes as “Funkacana. Flip Flop Rock. Credible Catchy.” With influences ranging from Simon and Garfunkel to Bob Marley, David Gray, Jack Johnson, and Natalie Merchant, Lee Coulter’s musical medley is toe tapping, and head-bobbing friendly.
After relocating to the US from Australia, Coulter said, “My wife and I were living in downtown [San Diego] and we dog-sat for friends in Encinitas. We took a walk along the beach down to Swami's at sunset and told ourselves we had to move here. So, we did a year later.”
For Encinitas inspiration, Coulter does not have far to look.
“Cottonwood Creek Park is my hang out," he said. "I take my son there all the time and chat with the other parents while he discovers the wonders of sand and gravity. I've written songs down at Moonlight Beach, and also sat in E Street Cafe pondering things.”
Coulter is constantly producing something fresh and memorable with other local musicians. “It feels like I'm always trying to get someone to collaborate,” Coulter said. “At this exact point, we just released the Square Pegs Baby EP, Kate Vincent just did the duet for my solo project, and I'm recording a song with another incredible female artist, Andy Allo.”
Without artist collaboration, Coulter said, “it could get stale otherwise. I love so many different styles of music, so I want to produce a whole bunch of styles. Plus, instead of simply networking with other musicians, why not create a little piece of magic that now exists forever? It's way more bonding than a hand shake.”
Aside from producing group projects, Coulter also has solo projects he works on as a singer and songwriter. His first self-titled solo album is currently available on iTunes, and features fan favorites “Booty Voodoo,” “Yoga Master,” “I Would Love,” and “Like They Used To.” Working hard on his upcoming second album, Coulter can’t leave his first album behind just yet. “Right now I'm favoring ‘I Would Love’ because it's in rotation on Sirius XM and is opening doors, so I'm not going to hate on it. I'm also cheering on ‘Booty Voodoo’ because it just got in rotation on KPRI FM right here at home.”
In his new hometown of Encinitas, Coulter can occasionally be found playing at , or Zel’s in Del Mar. Residents can catch him this weekend at the Saturday and Sunday, September 17 & 18 at 11:15 a.m. on both days.
To hear more music from Lee Coulter, visit www.leecoulter.com.
To hear samples of the collaborative Square Pegs Baby EP, visit www.squarepegsbaby.com.