ANTIOCH -- Local rocker Lee Williams is enjoying newfound stardom, rockin' 'n' rollin' as a one-man band on his newly released album that is climbing the online charts.
The Antioch resident's album, "Long Road," hit the market the first week of February and its title song has already inched its way into the top 10 on the online radio station NumberOneMusic.com.
"In the charts for California, "Long Road" was at number 6, so that is pretty good," Williams said. "It's getting a lot of attention."
Recently, four cuts from the album were ranked in the top 20.
Williams said that, like his online rise in fame, his fans have taken to the Internet to praise his work, as well.
"I've gotten a lot of emails, people telling me they enjoy, in particular, that song ('Long Road')," said Williams. "I've had people tell me they just like to listen to it over and over again, so that's nice to hear."
Williams said his inspiration for the album came from his youth; he was trying to recreate the sound of the classic rock 'n' roll artists.
"The music that I grew up with ... I just don't hear anything, quite frankly, these days that has, you know, the soul, if you will for the lack of a better adjective, that the older stuff had," said the 54-year-old baby boomer. "Most of it sounds kind of pretty pre-fab these days.
"My music is not meant to be thought provoking. It's meant to make you feel good, to have a good time, too. And I'm hoping for the most part that it's uplifting. That is what I'm after."
Williams said he has been told that his music is reminiscent of some of classic rock's greatest musicians.
"It's funny with influences, because sometimes people have told me even early Steve Marriott and Humble Pie," said Williams of his sound. "And Lynyrd Skynyrd, I've heard from other folks ... they've heard that in there, too."
To create the sound like that of the original classic rock stars, Williams said he needed to take a step back in time in the way he recorded his music.
"I do it the old-fashioned way with analog tape, big 2-inch tape machine. So it's kind of a throwback, if you will, to the way records used to be made a couple decades ago," Williams said. "Really most everything is digitally produced these days, but I'm still using the analog so that makes it a little bit different." Another unique quality of Williams' music is that from start to finish he does it all as a one-man band.
"I write and record all the parts, all the instruments and vocals are mine, and (I) engineer it all myself," he said. "It's a lot of work -- it took me almost a year to record this CD for Tate." "Long Road," produced by Tate Music Group, offers eight tracks and is readily available for purchase at the iTunes Store, Amazon.com, or directly from TateMusicGroup.com.