The Man Who Wants You - Amos Lee

from the album Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song (2013)

It has been a while since I've heard a song that combines Country Funk and Southern Soul as well as The Man Who Wants You by Amos Lee.

This song sets a vibe that comes straight from the 70's.  It is a strong piece of songwriting that contains several great hooks and a memorable melody line.  The musicianship is also excellent.  I am drawn to the rhythm section, with the beat and groove capturing that odd balance between loose and tight that the other musicians trigger off of.  This is particularly true of the country piano track, a stand out on this record.

I also dig how the lead guitar track by Amos Lee is roughed up in a more modern way than the rest of the song.  This gives it an air of relevance than helps make this song connect with the listener.  His vocals are spot-on, with tone and inflection that match the vibe.  The backing vocals are equally well-suited and provide several of the hooks that draw me into this song.

Lastly, this song has a sweet authenticity.  When Amos Lee belts out the line "I'm the man that wants you", I believe him and relate.

Click Here to listen to the album version of The Man Who Wants You.  Cool video on "making a record."

Click Here to watch the song played live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Click Here to watch a solo acoustic version of the song from the 1 Mic 1 Take series.


  1. This is a great song. I have always liked Amos Lee. This song really does have some awesome hooks that I suspect will be running through my head all day, which is fine by me. It beats the usual stuff!

  2. Cheer up Theresa !!!

    You are one of those special people who digs sweet southern soul.

  3. Thanks "anonymous". And you're right....I am sweet on the south. It's the kind of place where you can let your hair down and let the soulful stuff just happen.

    Cheered up just thinking about that!


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