As I write my weekly columns, typically I need silence all around me, but sometimes if the TV is going or my iTunes are playing, it can help me think better.
Go figure. Lately I’ve been enjoying different music tunes, other than the typical dance beats I usually listen to. I can’t help it, I’m stuck in the ’90s when it comes to music!
However, in recent weeks I’ve been hearing a lot about this country rocker dubbed the Jersey Outlaw, Jimmie Lee. He takes his passion for poker and marries it with the perfect lyrics and musical beats to keep you moving and singing along. Lee says, “Poker is a good part of my life, and I consider myself a good intermediate player, who plays on occasion, but knows the odds of the game and can handle myself at the table.”
If you get to know Jimmie Lee, you’ll soon find out his outgoing personality is second to none. He also hangs with a hot posse called the Bandito Girls, and the biggest shock factor is that this isn’t his full-time gig. He is actually a very successful full-time dentist with three offices in southern New Jersey. As he puts it, “Dentist by day, country rocker by night.”
He writes all of his songs, both the lyrics and the music, and then has it produced by Grammy-nominated music producer David Ivory of Philadelphia and his assistant producer, Joe Lam. The reaction from his new songs such as “Kid Vegas,” “Hit the River Running,” “I’m All In” and other related songs hit the jackpot amongst both the general public and the poker community. In fact, “Hit the River Running” was inspired by the need for a good poker song for poker players.
“My goal was to capture the pure emotions a poker player feels as they sweat it out when that crucial card could seal their fate,” says Lee, whose song, “I’m All In,” is featured on televised poker events and celebrity tournaments.
Jimmie Lee starts his Outlaw Road Tour later this fall. He’ll be hitting venues all over the country including Atlantic City as well as other major cities such as: Las Vegas, New York City, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. His new album, Jimmie Lee - Kid Vegas, will hit the stands next month, and you can be sure it will raise the stakes.
To hear some of his songs and check out information regarding his appearances, go to jimmieleesongs.com.
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Here are some events to mark on your calendars:
On Saturday, Oct. 22, head out to Redding’s Restaurant in Atlantic City for “A Fight After Party for a Worthy Cause.” Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez, a local professional boxer, will host this fundraiser after his Tropicana fight to raise money for the Galloway children who lost their lives in a car crash Aug. 20 on the Black Horse Pike. Doors open at 9pm, admission is $15 and there will be music by DJ MAHHD.
On Monday, Oct. 24, if you haven’t had a chance to get to know the candidates running for election in Atlantic County, you can come out to the Greater Atlantic City Chamber’s forum and networking mixer, “Meet the Candidates,” sponsored along with the Greater Atlantic City Jaycees. It’s at the Mays Landing Golf and Country Club from 4:30-6:30pm. For more information go to acchamber.com.
On Thursday, Oct. 27, is the 21st annual Installation and Awards Gala for the Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association (MBCA) from 6-8:30pm in the Grand Ballroom of Resorts Casino Hotel. Every year this event gets bigger and better and it’s all for a great cause. The MBCA 2011 Community Service Award Recipient will be the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and accepting the award will be its President, Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp. Atlantic City’s Jersey Rhythm Devils will provide the music for this 1920s themed “Gatsby Gala.” For more information visit mbcanj.com.
Whitney Ullman dishes out advice on various topics related to networking, dating, current affairs, shopping, events and more. She is the Founder of GoToWhitney.com.