Led by a childhood fascination with the flashing buttons at the fingertips of Star Trek's Lieutenant Uhura, Bambi Lee Savage would go on to pursue a career in audio engineering. Along the way she picked up an electric guitar and started playing and writing music. Her journey took her from the Denver punk music scene of the 80s to London and eventually Berlin, where she worked at the famous Hansa studios. Sessions with luminaries such as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and U2 would lead to lifelong friendships and working relationships. In fact it was Bono who funded her first foray into the studio as an artist, with the Bad Seeds' Mick Harvey at the helm and Hugo Race on lead guitar. Those songs formed the basis of her debut, 2003's Matter of Time, as well as several songs recorded at producer Daniel Lanois' studio, another early benefactor. One of those recordings, a demo of her sweet and humor-infused countryesque song Darlin', even found its way onto the soundtrack of Billy Bob Thornton's Southern Gothic masterpiece Sling Blade.
Motivated by a desire to speak up against human trafficking, 2009 saw the release of GJ and the PimpKillers, a concept album that featured the then pre-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. In 2012 she released Darkness Overshadowed, produced by Mick Harvey and also featuring James Cruickshank of Australian band The Cruel Sea on guitar and keyboards.
Her fourth record, Berlin-Nashville Express, is an Americana/Indie Country collection of 10 songs steeped in the traditions of original country artists such as Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams, with a dose of gospel and a post-punk touch, once again featuring multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey. The record's title pays tribute to the discovery of her musical roots while living in Berlin.
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