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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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Albert Lee Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 03/24/2015 Nurnberg BY Hirsch Nurnberg 03/11/2015 Berlin BE Quasimodo - Berlin 03/08/2015 Rotterdam ZH Perron 03/04/2015 London Hrt The Half Moon 02/24/2015 Evanston IL SPACE 02/22/2015 Cleveland OH Beachland Ballroom 02/20/2015 Toronto ON Hugh's Room 02/19/2015 Toronto ON Hugh's Room 02/17/2015 Vienna VA Jammin Java 02/16/2015 Sellersville PA Sellersville Theatre 1894 02/15/2015 Asbury Park NJ The Saint 02/12/2015 New York NY Iridium 02/11/2015 New York NY Iridium 02/08/2015 Northampton MA Iron Horse Music Hall 02/06/2015 Shirley MA Bull Run Restaurant 01/30/2015 Berkeley CA Freight & Salvage
Albert Lee Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 10/11/2014 London United Kingdom The Islington 08/21/2014 Vienna VA Jammin Java 08/20/2014 New York NY City Winery 08/17/2014 Fairfield CT StageOne 08/07/2014 Edmonton AB Gallagher Park 07/25/2014 San Juan Capistrano CA The Coach House Concert Hall 07/22/2014 Seattle WA Jazz Alley 07/20/2014 Agoura Hills CA Canyon Club 07/09/2014 Phoenix AZ Musical Instrument Museum 07/01/2014 San Juan Capistrano CA The Coach House Concert Hall 06/27/2014 Mill Valley CA Sweetwater Music Hall 06/15/2014 Tokyo 13 Cotton Club 06/14/2014 Tokyo 13 Cotton Club 06/13/2014 Tokyo 13 Cotton Club 04/13/2014 The Hague Nbr Paard Van Troje 04/11/2014 Hamburg HH Downtown Bluesclub 03/25/2014 Nurnberg BY Hirsch Nurnberg 03/18/2014 Koln NW Die Kantine 03/15/2014 Berlin BE Quasimodo - Berlin 03/02/2014 London Lnd Cadogan Hall 03/01/2014 London Lnd Cadogan Hall 02/09/2014 Fairfield CT StageOne 02/07/2014 Shirley MA Bull Run Restaurant 02/05/2014 New York NY Iridium Jazz Club 02/04/2014 New York NY Iridium Jazz Club 02/03/2014 New York NY Iridium Jazz Club 01/19/2014 Oakland CA Yoshi'S San Francisco 01/16/2014 Santa Cruz CA Kuumbwa Jazz Center 01/15/2014 Mill Valley CA Sweetwater Music Hall 01/12/2014 Hermosa Beach CA Saint Rocke 01/10/2014 San Juan Capistrano CA The Coach House Concert Hall 01/09/2014 Agoura Hills CA Canyon Club 01/09/2014 Agoura Hills CA Canyon Club
Albert Lee Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 10/10/2013 Southampton Sth The Brook 10/01/2013 Karlsruhe Baden-wurttemberg Jubez Karlsruhe 09/27/2013 Ravensburg BW ZEHNTSCHEUER 08/26/2013 Annapolis MD Rams Head On Stage 08/23/2013 Sellersville PA Sellersville Theatre 1894 08/19/2013 New York NY Iridium Jazz Club 08/18/2013 New York NY Iridium Jazz Club 08/17/2013 New York NY Iridium 08/16/2013 New York NY Iridium Jazz Club 08/15/2013 Buffalo NY Sportsmen's Tavern 08/11/2013 Ferndale MI Magic Bag 08/10/2013 Evanston IL SPACE 08/03/2013 Santa Monica CA Mccabe'S Bar 07/31/2013 Solana Beach CA Belly Up Tavern 07/17/2013 Grants Pass OR Rogue Theatre 07/15/2013 Seattle WA Jazz Alley 05/14/2013 Cardiff Cardiff The Globe 04/12/2013 New York NY Madison Square Garden 03/17/2013 Nurnberg BY Hirsch Nurnberg 03/12/2013 Koln NW Die Kantine 03/02/2013 London Hrt The Half Moon 02/23/2013 Phoenix AZ Musical Instrument Museum 02/13/2013 Buffalo NY Sportsmen's Tavern 02/11/2013 Vienna VA Jammin Java 02/10/2013 New York NY Iridium 02/09/2013 New York NY Iridium 02/08/2013 New York NY Iridium Jazz Club
Albert Lee Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 10/05/2012 Bristol Bst Fleece 09/13/2012 Bilston W Mids Robin Hood 2 08/14/2012 Vienna VA Jammin Java 08/13/2012 Sellersville PA Sellersville Theater 1894 08/12/2012 New York NY Iridium 08/12/2012 New York NY Iridium 08/11/2012 New York NY Iridium 08/11/2012 New York NY Iridium 08/10/2012 New York NY Iridium 08/10/2012 New York NY Iridium 08/05/2012 Redwood City CA Club Fox 08/02/2012 Santa Rosa CA Last Day Saloon