Known for lightning-fast speed on his signature Ernie Ball guitar, Grammy winning guitar legend Albert Lee has worked and played with some of the biggest names in music and brought his rockin’ country blues to every corner of the globe. Cape Anne’s own guitar icon, Fly Amero, will open the show.
Lee first came to prominence during a 1964-68 stint with British Blues and R & B stalwarts Chris Farlowe’s Thunderbirds. He later appeared on Don Everly’s Sunset Towers and Jackson Browne’s debut album. The mid seventies found him playing in the Joe Cocker Band and releasing his first solo album. In 1976 he replaced James Burton in Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band. In 1978 he joined Eric Clapton’s band, where he recorded and toured for five years. All the while he found time to contribute his guitar-fire to three albums with Roseanne Cash, Dave Edmunds, Rodney Crowell, Nanci Griffith, Carlene Carter, and countless others. When the Everly Brothers reunited in 1983 at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Albert was on hand as guitarist and Musical Director. He continued in that role for over 20 years until the Brothers retired.
Albert remains an occasional member of The Crickets, and tours regularly with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings. Sugar Hill records released Albert’s solo efforts Heartbreak Hill in 2003 and Road Runner in 2006. A summer 2011 jaunt with John Jorgenson prompted Albert to form his own U.S. band for the very first time.
The Albert Lee Band includes John “J.T.” Thomas, on keyboards. J.T. boasts a musical resume that includes 23 years with Bruce Hornsby, who graciously called John “the greatest keyboard player in the band.” Bass player Will MacGregor’s credits are a testament to his wide-ranging talents, having worked with the likes of the Pretenders, Pat Boone, Exene Cervanka, and more. Jason Smith brings both the subtlety of jazz and pulse of rock to his drum stylings.
“The greatest guitarist in the world.”- Eric Clapton