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Grammy winning legendary guitarist for Emmylou Harris and Eric Clapton returns for first Australian shows this decade.
Headline shows across the country plus appearances at Adelaide Guitar Festival, Melbourne Guitar Show, Sydney Guitar Festival and Gympie Muster.
“He’s the greatest guitarist in the world. The ultimate virtuoso. His skill is extraordinary, his ear is extraordinary and he’s gifted on just about every level.” – Eric Clapton
If you tagged along when the blues dragged Rock n Roll into a honky-tonk and started doing shots… you’d be just about primed to witness the extraordinary rollicking prowess of god’s favourite guitarist – Albert Lee.
Albert Lee is one of the absolute greatest guitarists in both rock and country music history. Included on Albert’s CV are performances and recordings with Keith Urban, Tommy Emmanuel, Dave Edmunds, Willie Nelson, Bill Wyman, Carlene Carter, Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Bert Jansch, Herbie Mann, Keith Richards and Dolly Parton.
With a live show that kicks off with a blistering rendition of Fat’s Domino’s “I’m Ready” and makes joyous pit stops for classic tunes by Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Hoyt Axton, Buddy Holly, Jimmy Webb and Ray Charles you can be assured of a sensational night of fabulous music as Albert and his crack L.A. band provide a masterclass in guitar picking rockabilly country via a living history of rock and roll.
“Albert Lee is my hero. It’ll be a very, very long time before there is a guitarist to match Albert’s ability.” – Dave Edmunds
Inspired by Elvis’s guitarist Scotty Moore, British born Lee first displayed his awesome chops trading licks with the likes of Jimmy Page and sharing stages with Deep Purple, Humble Pie and Grand Funk Railroad as part of the fabulous Byrds/ Flying Burrito Bros inspired Heads Hands & Feet, before departing his homeland for the USA where he recorded three albums as a member of The Crickets, and then joined Joe Cocker at his peak. In 1976 Albert become part of Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band alongside Ricky Skaggs and Rodney Crowell.
In 1978 Albert commenced a five-year stint with Eric Clapton and in 1983 encouraged the Everly Brothers to get back together, acted as their musical director and went on to play regularly with them over the next twenty years.
In 2002 the man known as Mr. Telecaster shared the stage with Paul McCartney at the Concert For George and won a Grammy Award in the same year for a performance with bluegrass icon Earl Scruggs. Albert appeared at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2007, 2010 and 2013.
It’s been nearly a decade since Albert Lee last brought his beloved Ernie Ball Music Man guitar to Australia but he’s making up for it in 2018 with shows across the country including appearances at the Adelaide Guitar Festival, The Melbourne Guitar Show, the Sydney Guitar Festival and the Gympie Muster.
Don’t be the one that hears it from a friend how fabulous the show was once it’s all too late.
As Emmylou Harris said: “When Saint Peter asks me to chronicle my time down here on earth, I’ll be able to say (with pride if that’s allowed) that for a while I played rhythm guitar in a band with Albert Lee.”
Albert Lee has been with a variety of bands from 1959 onwards, playing mostly R&B, country music and rock and roll. In addition to Buddy Holly, his early guitar influences included Cliff Gallup, Grady Martin, the Everly Brothers, Scotty Moore, James Burton and Jerry Reed. Lee first experienced commercial success as the lead guitarist with Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds. Lee says that he enjoyed playing the Stax-type material, but he really wanted to play country music. Consequently, he left Farlowe and the Thunderbirds in 1968.
Heads Hands & Feet became a popular live band in the UK, making appearances on The Old Grey Whistle Test and also in Europe, where they appeared on the German music programme Beat-Club. In October 1969 just before the end of Albert’s time with the band Country Fever, an RCA package toured six countries in eleven days, starting at the Nashville Room with the London band the Kingpins.
In 1971, Lee performed with Deep Purple’s keyboard player Jon Lord on the studio recording of Lord’s Gemini Suite. That opus was a follow-up to Deep Purple’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra. Ritchie Blackmore had played the guitar at the first live performance of the Gemini Suite in September 1970, but declined the invitation to appear on the studio version, which led to the involvement of Lee. Other performers were Yvonne Elliman, Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Tony Ashton and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Malcolm Arnold.
“I used to practice scales, but I think mainly in positions. I do runs that go from position to position, basically around chord shapes. I can get around pretty easily from one position to another, and on a good night it sound pretty hot. I’ll take chances. Sometimes I’ll trip over myself, but most times I’m lucky.” – Albert Lee
Lee left for Los Angeles in 1974 and, through his friend bassist Rick Grech (of Blind Faith), did some session work on three albums with the Crickets who also at the time included Sonny Curtis and Jerry Allison. One of these releases is titled A Long Way From Lubbock. Lee also received many other offers of session work. In 1976, he was asked to join Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band, replacing one of his heroes, James Burton, who was returning to perform with Elvis Presley. The Hot Band featured other musicians including Ricky Skaggs and Rodney Crowell. Starting in 1978, Lee worked for five years with Eric Clapton, playing and singing for a live concert recording at the Budokan in Japan.
Lee was responsible for the Everly Brothers’ 1983 reunion concert and was its musical director. He played regularly with the Everlys for over twenty years.
In 1987, Lee was invited by Gerry Hogan to headline at a steel guitar festival in Newbury, Berkshire. Lee was at first intimidated by the prospect of having to front a band, however, the gig was successful and he now tours with them on a regular basis. They are renowned for attracting celebrities to their gigs. Stars such as Eric Clapton, Tommy Emmanuel, Lonnie Donegan, Dave Edmunds, Marty Wilde, Willie Nelson, Nanci Griffith, Don Everly, Emmylou Harris, Sonny Curtis and Rodney Crowell have all jammed with the band at one time or another.
In 2002, Lee appeared at the Concert for George. Also in 2002, Lee received a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance for Foggy Mountain Breakdown from the CD Earl Scruggs and Friends. In September 2006 Lee took part in Primal Twang: The Legacy of the Guitar—the first definitive theatrical journey through the guitar’s colourful and surprisingly controversial 3500-year history. Lee appeared at the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival on 28 July and performed with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings at the Ahmet Ertegun tribute show at The O2 in London on 10 December
Lee has been in many bands such as: