Close your eyes when Jerry Fee plays, and you'd swear the music is a soundtrack to a romcom starring Zac Efron or Anne Hathaway. A longtime local musician, Fee was more than disappointed when his last band Scarlet Theory played their final show. Determined to continue making music, he decided the best way to proceed was to go it alone.
With a trio of session musicians willing to back him on a moment's notice, Fee—a teacher by day—stayed true to his plan and recorded his debut full-length solo, Still Alive. He's celebrating with a release party at Record Exchange, where he'll play eight of the 11 tracks on the new album, including one he hasn't yet played live.
Fee calls his sound "power pop-rock," and doesn't think "pop" is a dirty word. "They're catchy pop tunes, but not bubblegummy ... or cheesy or corny, ever," he said. "It's a blend, Matchbox 20 meets Coldplay," he said.
Fee has learned that identifying his sound with big-name bands is not a bad thing. "Some bands hate that," he said. "I don't care if everyone likes them, but the ones that do are going to get [my music] more."
With his teaching schedule, Fee might just be able to make this music thing work. He spent the week of spring break in Northern California on a mini pre-release tour and has plans to tour the Pacific Northwest and the coast this summer. Here's hoping those people like Coldbox 20.
Friday, April 3, 7 p.m., with Low-fi, FREE. Buy the CD or download to your MP3 player. Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8010.