The Rocks Off 100: Dwight Taylor Lee, the Wandering Bufalero
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too.
Who Are You? "I'm Dwight Taylor Lee, singer/songwriter/producer," Lee introduces himself. "Member of Lazlo (RIP), then The Literary Greats and Finnegan, currently Don't Poke the Bear." He also lists "The Wandering Bufaleros," which our editor originally thought was a typo. Make sure you read until the very end.
Photo by Jim Bricker
Why Do You Stay in Houston? "I'm a native Houstonian," he explains. "I went to Sharpstown High School and the University of Houston. I have lived elsewhere, but Houston has always been home to me.
"I think there are a lot of opportunities here and I prefer to be plugged into the cultural growth of a city, rather than move to a place where that growth is established," Lee continues. "Why be part of a tourist city when you can be part of making a city tourist-worthy? This city has so much to offer besides art. Now is the time to get plugged in."
Lee didn't just give us one home base, he mapped out his entire nightlife:
Bars: Double Trouble is my favorite right now and the people that work there are great. I followed the Robins from Poison Girl and I couldn't be happier for them.
Food: Tacos A Go Go, 1308 Cantina, Revival Market (really, anything Adam Dorris is involved in), and of course Pass & Provisions.
Music Venue: Continental Club and Fitz are both local institutions. I hope to see more clubs this size pop up in the next couple of years.
"I can't decide on the order," Lee admits.
- Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin III
- Robert Johnson, The Complete Recordings
- Ryan Adams, Cold Roses
- Stevie Wonder, Songs In the Key of Life
- The Beatles, The White Album, "but it might actually be Dr. Dog's Fate. This is a tough question."
Music Scene Pet Peeve: "Passive or insecure interactions," Lee says. "Not that I haven't been guilty of this myself, but sometimes it's a lot easier to be onstage with a microphone in your hand than it is to see other artists at the grocery store, to stop and have a normal conversation with them.
"Sometimes acquaintance interactions are strange," he adds. "I used to take it personally but then I realized, I just don't care."