LOS ANEGLES -- For Lee DeWyze, being attached to the "American Idol" brand hasn’t yielded the best career. During the show’s 2010 season he won America over as that earnest paint salesman with a gritty voice and guitar strapped to his back. But the songwriter’s "Idol" triumph was underpinned by heavy criticism of the aging competition -- sagging ratings, uninteresting contestants, judge shake-ups -- and it didn’t get better after the confetti fell on his victory song.
DeWyze’s post-"Idol" debut, 2010’s "Live It Up," opened to weak reviews and the lowest first-week sales from any of the series’ previous winners. But the 27-year-old is looking to reverse some of that luck. After signing with indie label Vanguard Records, the singer is back with a new album, "Frames."
Steeped in folk rock (he played the guitar, piano, mandolin, banjo and drums on the album) and none of the pop-rock frills that filled his major-label debut, DeWyze has the record he’s been longing to make.
"I’ve been working on this record for a year and a half now," he said. "I fully believe in the whole record. I wasn’t (trying) to make a folk-rock anthem record or a pop record. I just wanted to get in the studio and write and record.
-- Los Angeles Time