Guitar legend ALBERT LEE first came to prominence during a 1964-68 stint in British Blues and R & B with The Thunderbirds. After working in the UK bands for touring country acts such as Bobby Bare and Skeeter Davis, Lee’s next full-time berth was two years with the UK answer to the Flying Burrito Brothers and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band-Head, Hands, and Feet. This and other work with U.S. based greats led to a permanent position in the Crickets. He became friendly with Don Everly, and Albert contributed to Don’s 1974 solo effort “Sunset Towers”. The move to California also led to work on sessions for the debut album of Jackson Browne.
Lee joined Joe Cocker’s band in the mid 70s, a time that included recordings for the April 1976 release “Stingray”. From there A & M records signed Albert as an artist in his own right.
An invitation around the Christmas season in 1978 led to a five year adventure for Albert in Eric Clapton’s band.
The Albert Lee Band includes John Thomas, aka J.T’, on keyboards. J.T.’s musical resume includes 23 years with Bruce Hornsby, who graciously called John “the greatest keyboard player in the band.” Emmylou Harris, Don Henley, Sparks, Tracy Chapman and a host of other have called upon John’s gifts.
In his fifth decade as a professional musician, Lee was part of a rarefied fraternity as a virtuoso’s virtuoso, respected on three continents and pretty much living out a professional career that most of his colleagues, when he started out, could only dream of.
Opening up this show is special guests- Atlas Gray.