Town Mechanic Gets A Different Kind of Brake - A Break Into Music Industry with Grammy Band

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Lee Barfknecht, owner and mechanic of West Gate Auto, an auto repair shop in Salem, Oregon for 43 years, just got his big break into the Los Angeles music industry. Lee wrote the lyrics to a song, a Grammy band in L.A. wrote the music, and it was just released on a debut album in his honor titled, "Mechanic's Daughter."

Lee Barfknecht, West Gate Auto Owner and Mechanic Points To His Daughter's Los Angeles Debut Poster

I love to tell my customers about the album and point out the title, Mechanic's Daughter. I think a movie's coming next. Now anything's possible. - Lee

In the music industry, it's not often one hears of Grammy musicians co-writing a song with a small-town mechanic, and then recording that song on a debut album out of Los Angeles. Lee Barfknecht, Owner and Mechanic at West Gate Auto for 43 years in Salem, Oregon, always wanted to be a musician, singer, and songwriter instead of a mechanic. After all these years, his big break into the music industry just came true as he co-wrote a song, “Booze Talkin’” with well-respected, Grammy musicians Kevin Axt, Ray Brinker, Andrew Synowiec, and Jim Cox. The song features a blend of country and blues.

Lee got involved through his daughter Jerusha. She was recording her debut album when her producer, Kevin Axt wanted another original song. Lee was called for any extra songs he had written. He had the lyrics, but not the music. The Grammy band was impressed with the unique concept of the lyrics, and wrote the music within the last hour of recording in the studio. "Booze Talkin'" quickly became the most played on Jerusha's website, and the top song on the debut album.    

The town mechanic has received quite a stir of inquiries surprised of his song writing skills and connections to the Los Angeles music industry. Jerusha is now known as "Jerusha Lee," and after hearing how Lee's song was the top recorded song on the album, she appropriately titled her debut "Mechanic's Daughter." The album was just released on ITunes and CD Baby. For more information, visit

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