Happy Birthday, Albert Lee!
The word 'legend' gets tossed around the music industry a lot these days, but no one deserves the title as much as Albert Lee. He's been around since the 1950s, and still embraces the smaller, more intimate venues despite his success. Thus it's no wonder he chose Cadogan Hall for what would be a memorable 70th birthday celebration back in March.
Of course the show was what fans probably expected from Lee – a capacity crowd, Andy Fairweather's Low Riders band on stage, and plenty of guest stars on stage. In between there were video greetings from the likes of Emmylou Harris, Joe Bonamassa and Eric Clapton as they sent their best wishes. And the show itself didn't wrap until a third and final hour of music, which saw Lee perform with his daughter, with his son and finally with the band for the last half hour to wrap the party.
According to his website, Lee's team is now hard at work on the post-production of concert DVDs and audio CDs, which should soon have an official release date. While that's exciting news in and of itself, Lee hasn't exactly toned down the celebrating now that the big 7-0 has passed. In fact, he begins a two-night run at Seattle's Jazz Alley on July 22nd and 23rd, will play the Lincoln Theater in Mt. Vernon, Washington the following night, and Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California on July 26th.
More big dates coming up in August include stops at the Edmonton Folk Festival (Edmonton, Alberta), the Guitar Town Festival (Copper Mountain, Colorado), the Fairfield One Theater (Fairfield, Connecticut, and the Camden Music Festival (Camden, New York).
About Albert Lee (Created August 2, 2013)
If you've ever heard the phrase "Pickin' on a six string," chances are that someone, somewhere used it in reference to Albert Lee. The English guitarist is not only known for his fingerstyle and hybrid picking technique, he's famous for it.
Inspired by the likes of Lonnie Donegan, Buddy Holly and Gene Vincent, Lee began playing guitar as often as he could and eventually left school at the age of 16 to play full-time. He jumped back and forth to a good variety of bands, playing everything from R&B and country to rock and roll. He crawled across London, hitting every bar and church hall along the way, and soon booked regular gigs in London and Germany.
Lee's guitar of choice eventually became the Fender Telecaster (though others were using the Gibson Les Paul or Fender Stratocaster). He brought his favored instrument back and forth across the pond, working with the likes of 'Poet and The One Man Band' before joining 'The Crickets.' Eventually, he got to meet and work with one of his idols, 'The Everly Brothers', playing as lead guitarist and harmony singer in the touring band.
In recent years Lee has played with a variety of bands and artist including Rosanne Cash, Gerry Hogan and even Brad Paisley (receiving a Grammy nomination for his work on "Cluster Pluck.") He also received other nominations for tracks on three solo CDs of his own.
Lee's next big project is the 70th Birthday Celebration, another solo album, documentary and concert project celebrating his lengthy career in music.
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