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The Birthday Celebration

Documentary, Concert, Album

After working for over 50 years as one of the most respected guitarists in country and rock music, finger-picking virtuoso Albert Lee embarks on his anniversary project in the run up to his 70th birthday in late 2013...

This ambitious project will be a combination of three elements; the first ever Albert Lee documentary, a special anniversary concert featuring guest artists, and a brand new solo album.

The documentary is already well underway, and a whole host of musicians - past and present - have been more than happy to sit down and chat about Albert Lee; a man widely regarded to be one of the best guitarists in the world.

The Club

And you're invited...

Get regular updates, interview clips, behind the scenes footage and special member offers as the project develops.

The Concerts

Cadogan Hall, London

1st & 2nd March 2014

Albert's anniversary concerts at Cadogan Hall were proudly brought to you in association with Strings & Things, the UK distributor of Albert's Ernie Ball Music Man guitar.

Albert performing with The Low Riders.

It truly was an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime event, and a stunning tribute to one of rock 'n' roll's best-loved personalities, Albert Lee. Artists poured out in their droves to celebrate by playing on stage - appearances from Dave Edmunds, Chris Farlowe, Chas and Dave, Shakin' Stevens, Bill Wyman and many more marked the concerts as two very special shows. The atmosphere was incredible, relaxed and most importantly, fun.

Albert was backed by Andy Fairweather Low and his band The Low Riders for half of the evening, whilst the remaining set was taken by his U.S. band who flew over especially for this monumental occasion. Birthday messages from Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton and James Burton flashed up on the screen between covers of Lonnie Donegan, The Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly. The evenings ended with all the stars gathered on stage, Albert presented with a birthday cake. A truly unforgettable experience for all involved.

A whole host of musicians, past and present, friends and musical colleagues of Albert, joined him on stage at the Cadogan Hall anniversary concerts to celebrate his amazing career. Here are just a few of the world-renowned artists that made an appearance...

Chas Hodges

One half of English musical duo Chas & Dave, Hodges is a bassist, piano player and vocalist, who met Albert back in the days of The Thunderbirds and was founding member of Heads, Hands and Feet.

Dave Peacock

Dave, along with musical partner Chas, make up the rock 'n' roll duo Chas & Dave, known for hit singles "Rabbit" and "Ain't No Pleasing You". They have a new album out, entitled "That's What Happens"

Dave Edmunds

It was during the seventies with Rockpile that producer and guitarist Dave invited Albert to guest on his version of Hank DeVito's "Sweet Little Lisa", which has since become a fan-favourite on Albert's live sets.

Bill Wyman

Best known for his involvement in the Rolling Stones from 1962-1993, bassist Bill Wyman has since gone on to form his own successful franchise, "The Rhythm Kings", featuring the likes of Georgie Fame.

Terry Taylor

A co-founder of "The Rhythm Kings" with ex-Stones bassist Bill Wyman, guitarist Terry Taylor become known internationally in the latter half of the 1960s as the band leader of the group Tucky Buzzard.

Graham Broad

Drummer for Bill Wyman's "The Rhythm Kings", Graham's work has appeared on Top 10 hits for Bucks Fizz, Tina Turner, and he joined Roger Waters' "Bleeding Heart Band" for The Wall Concert in Berlin.

Shakin' Stevens

A platinum-selling Welsh rock and roll singer and songwriter who holds the distinction of being the UK's biggest-selling singles artist of the 1980s, Shaky has charted 33 Top 40 hit singles in the UK alone.

Elliott Randall

American guitarist Elliot is best known for being a session musician with popular artists. Randall played the well-known guitar solos from Steely Dan's song "Reelin' in the Years" and Fame.

Doña Oxford

Doña has performed all over the world as a keyboard player and vocalist with legendary artists like Keith Richards, Buddy Guy and her idol and former Chuck Berry sideman (and father of rock 'n' roll piano) Johnnie Johnson.

Chris Farlowe

Best known for his #1 hit single "Out of Time", blues and soul singer Chris Farlowe has been a major player in British rock 'n' roll, and hired Albert as lead guitarist for his band The Thunderbirds back in 1964.

Ralph McTell

English singer-songwriter Ralph McTell has been an influential figure on the UK folk music scene since the sixties. Albert toured with the Everly Brothers in the eighties, for which Ralph played as support.

Brian Bennett

British pianist, composer, arranger and record producer of popular music, Brian is perhaps best known as the drummer of the UK rock and roll group, The Shadows, with Hank Marvin, Cliff Richard and Bruce Welch.

Marty Wilde

One of the first generation of British pop stars emulating American rock 'n' roll, English singer-songwriter Marty Wilde made famous hits such as "Sea of Love" and is father to pop singer Kim Wilde.

Bruce Welch

English guitarist and songwriter Bruce Welch, along with school friend Hank Marvin, met Cliff Richard at the 2i's Coffee Bar in London where Albert played in the sixties. They would go on to form The Shadows.

Jane Clark

Jane’s reputation as an outstanding fiddler, both on stage and in the studio, has grown on both sides of the Atlantic, playing a range of styles from traditional Irish through rock & pop to blues, country and beyond.

Mark Griffiths

Famous for touring with Neil Innes in his touring ensemble of the fictional Beatles parody The Rutles, Mark also plays with Cliff Richard's backing band and with The Shadows.

John Altman

Emmy-award winning composer for TV and film John Altman is also a skilled saxophonist and arranger, notably his association with Monty Python and arrangement of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life".

Phil Cranham

For the Everly Brothers reunion tour back in the eighties, Hot Chocolate bassist Phil Cranham was recommended to Don and Phil, and they would tour with him and Albert on and off for the next 18 years.

Robert Wells

Swedish celebrity pianist and composer Robert Wells has played to audiences in their tens of thousands in prestigious venues around the world, and has filled the Royal Albert Hall many times over.

Lars Risberg

Lars is the bass player of Robert Wells Rhapsody In Rock - a touring circus mixing classic music and rock that has become an institution in Sweden - as well as touring in his jazz trio "Robert Wells Trio".

Roine Johansson

Roine is the drummer for the "Robert Wells Trio", a jazz and boogie-woogie three-piece featuring Swedish piano star Robert Wells. Roine also featured in Wells' touring musical "Rhapsody in Rock".

John 'J.T.' Thomas

Former keyboard technician for Don Henley, Bruce Hornsby has referred to J.T. as “the greatest keyboard player in the band", and he currently plays keys in Albert's official U.S. touring band.

Will McGregor

Bassist in Albert's American band, Will’s pure talent and versatility have earned him spots working with the likes of the Pretenders, Pat Boone, Corey Stevens, Excene Cervenka and Timothy Leary.

Jason Harrison Smith

Albert's U.S. drummer, Jason Harrison Smith is a versatile performer who has had played with the likes of John Jorgenson, Julia Fordham, Paul Reiser, Five For Fighting and Paul Keneally.

Joe Brown

One of the first truly great British rock guitarists, Joe Brown is a highly regarded figure in the world of rock 'n' roll, performing ukulele and singing “I'll See You In My Dreams” for the finale of the Concert for George.

Gary US Bonds

American rhythm and blues singer-songwriter Gary U.S. Bonds began his career during the formative years of Rock and Roll and his influence continues to this day.

Andy Fairweather Low

One of the UK's best guitar players, Andy has worked with the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, and was invited to play on stage with Albert at the Concert for George in 2002.

Dave Bronze

Bassist Dave Bronze has played alongside Eric Clapton at "Live in Hyde Park", the "Concert For George", and currently tours with good friend Andy Fairweather Low's band "The Lowriders".

Nick Pentelow

On saxophone and clarinet, Nick is a member of "The Lowriders", and has worked with the likes of Gary Moore, BB King, Albert King, Albert Collins, on Roger Chapman's 'Shortlist' as well as Chas and Dave.

Paul Beavis

Paul Beavis has been playing drums professionally for twenty five years, during with time he has work with Judie Tzuke, Robert Fripp, Russ Ballard, Leo Sayer, Thea Gillmore, Andy Summers and Toyah.

Saturday
Sunday

READY, WILLING AND ABLE
PUTTING ON THE STYLE
SOMETHING YOU GOT
MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE
DREAMS TO REMEMBER
NEW ORLEANS
IT'S MY OWN BUSINESS
ONE WAY OUT
APACHE
WONDERFUL LAND
MILK COW BLUES
THE PRICE OF LOVE
CANNONBALL RAG

GOOFIN' AROUND

MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS

TRIBUTE TO BUDDY HOLLY
HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL
TAKE YOUR TIME
OLD BLACK JOE
WHITER SHADE OF PALE
THE BALLAD OF JOHN HURT
DARLING CORRIE

INTERVAL

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BY MOZART
DRIVE ME CRAZY
BUMBLEBEE BOOGIE
NUT ROCKER
I DON'T THINK ABOUT YOU
SOMEWHERE DOWN THE ROAD
RACE WITH THE DEVIL
JITTERBUG BOOGIE
CRYING IN THE RAIN
SPELLBOUND
NO ONE CAN MAKE MY SUNSHINE SMILE
LEAVE MY WOMAN ALONE
HIGHWAYMAN
MEAN WOMAN BLUES
COUNTRY BOY
TEAR IT UP

Albert's U.S. Band
Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders
Dona Oxford
Gary U.S. Bonds
Gary U.S. Bonds
Gary U.S. Bonds
Shakin' Stevens
Shakin' Stevens
The Shadows
The Shadows
Marty Wilde
Marty Wilde, Roxanne Wilde
Elliott Randall, Rick Westwood, Butch Baker, Pat Donaldson
Elliott Randall, Rick Westwood, Butch Baker, Pat Donaldson
Elliott Randall, Rick Westwood, Butch Baker, Pat Donaldson
Mike Berry
Mike Berry
Mike Berry
Gary Brooker
Gary Brooker
Joe Brown & The Low Riders
Joe Brown & The Low Riders

INTERVAL

Robert Wells Trio
Robert Wells Trio
Robert Wells Trio
Robert Wells Trio
Ralph McTell, Jane Clark
Ralph McTell, Jane Clark
Bill Wyman, Terry Taylor, Beverley Skeete
Bill Wyman, Terry Taylor, Beverley Skeete
Bill Wyman, Terry Taylor, Beverley Skeete
Albert's U.S. Band
Albert's U.S. Band
Albert's U.S. Band
Albert's U.S. Band
Albert's U.S. Band, Wayne Lee
Albert's U.S. Band, Jane Clark
Albert's U.S. Band

READY, WILLING AND ABLE
PUTTING ON THE STYLE
FROM SMALL THINGS BIG THINGS ONE DAY COME
SOMETHING YOU GOT
MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE
DREAMS TO REMEMBER
NEW ORLEANS
IT'S MY OWN BUSINESS
ONE WAY OUT
STORMY MONDAY BLUES
WATCH YOUR STEP
APACHE
WONDERFUL LAND
MILK COW BLUES
THE PRICE OF LOVE
THE BALLAD OF JOHN HURT
DARLING CORRIE

INTERVAL

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BY MOZART
DRIVE ME CRAZY
BUMBLEBEE BOOGIE
NUT ROCKER
I DON'T THINK ABOUT YOU
SOMEWHERE DOWN THE ROAD
RABBIT
BREATHLESS
THERE AIN'T NO PLEASING YOU
RACE WITH THE DEVIL
JITTERBUG BOOGIE
CRYING IN THE RAIN
SPELLBOUND
NO ONE CAN MAKE MY SUNSHINE SMILE
LEAVE MY WOMAN ALONE
HIGHWAYMAN
WHEN WILL I BE LOVED
TEAR STAINED LETTER
MEAN WOMAN BLUES
COUNTRY BOY
A BETTER PLACE

Albert's U.S. Band
Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders
Dave Edmunds

Dona Oxford
Gary U.S. Bonds
Gary U.S. Bonds
Gary U.S. Bonds
Shakin' Stevens
Shakin' Stevens
Chris Farlowe
Chris Farlowe
The Shadows
The Shadows
Marty Wilde
Marty Wilde, Kim Wilde, Roxanne Wilde
Joe Brown & The Low Riders
Joe Brown & The Low Riders

INTERVAL

Robert Wells Trio
Robert Wells Trio
Robert Wells Trio
Robert Wells Trio
Ralph McTell, Jane Clark
Ralph McTell, Jane Clark
Chas & Dave
Chas & Dave
Chas & Dave
Bill Wyman, Terry Taylor, Beverley Skeete
Bill Wyman, Terry Taylor, Beverley Skeete
Bill Wyman, Terry Taylor, Beverley Skeete
Albert's U.S. Band
Albert's U.S. Band
Albert's U.S. Band
Albert's U.S. Band
Albert's U.S. Band, Alex Lee
Albert's U.S. Band
Albert's U.S. Band, Wayne Lee
Albert's U.S. Band, Jane Clark
Albert's U.S. Band

The Album

Off The Cuff (EP)

To coincide with Albert's 70th Birthday Concerts, he has recorded a live EP at Craxton Studios in North London, consisting of three tracks - "Hey Doll Baby", "Skip Rope Song" and "Well...All Right".

This EP serves as a taster for Albert's upcoming solo album, and features unplugged covers of classic rock 'n' roll hits with just Albert, his guitar and a piano. A special version of the EP was included with every programme sold at Albert's 70th Birthday Concerts at Cadogan Hall.

"Off The Cuff" is available exclusively to members of The Club in the Members Area.

Official album release date and availability to be confirmed.

Huey played with Albert on Dave Edmunds' Rockpile sessions in the seventies.

The Documentary

Reuniting powerhouses of recent music history, this upcoming film documents Albert's illustrious career in music, and gives an exclusive behind-the-scenes insight into his touring and performing, being described, now in his 70th year, as "the best he's ever been"...

Click below to see interview clips from the likes of Jools Holland, Marty Wilde, Chris Farlowe, Andy Fairweather Low and many more to come.

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Tour Dates

Find out when and where Albert is touring, and how to book tickets.

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Cotton Club
Cotton Club
Cotton Club
Dakota Jazz Club
Dakota Jazz Club
Sweetwater
Feather Falls Casino
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Musical Instrument Museum
McCabe's
McCabe's
Canyon Club
Jazz Alley
Jazz Alley
Lincoln Theater
Coach House
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Edmonton Folk Festival
Edmonton Folk Festival
Guitar Town Festival
Building 24 Live
Knickerbocker Cafe
Marshfield Fair
Stage One
Salt Gastropub
City Winery
Jammin' Java
Camden Music Festival
The Abilene
Peter's Players
Hugh's Room
Mohawk Inn
Sportsman's Tavern

Tokyo
Tokyo
Tokyo
Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN
Mill Valley, CA
Oroville,CA
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Phoenix, AZ
Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica, CA
Agoura Hills, CA
Seattle, WA
Seattle, WA
Mt. Vernon, WA
San Juan Capistrano, CA
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Edmonton, AB
Edmonton, AB
Copper Mountain, CO
Wyomissing, PA
Westerly, RI
Marshfield, MA
Fairfield, CT
Stanhope, NJ
New York City
Vienna, VA
Camden, NY
Rochester, NY
Gravenhurst, ON
Toronto, ON
Campbellville, ON
Buffalo, NY

More tour dates coming soon!

Check back here periodically for official Albert Lee tour dates.

For Hogan's Heroes concert dates, please visit www.albertleeandhogansheroes.com.

"A brilliant guitar player. His sound is unmistakable—often emulated, never equalled."

Emmylou Harris

An award-winning British guitarist...

Known for his signature Ernie Ball guitar and lightning speed picking,

Albert has not only worked with some of the biggest names in music but he has also maintained a solo career of his own.

Albert was born on December 21, 1943 in Herefordshire, England, before moving and growing up in Blackheath, London. He was first introduced to music with the piano, taking lessons aged seven, learning the classics and pop tunes before the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis inspired him to take up guitar.

Albert was treated one Christmas to a Hofner President acoustic arch-top, and from there he never looked back. Spurred on by the recordings of Jimmy Bryant, Buddy Holly and The Crickets, Gene Vincent and The Everly Brothers, Albert left school at sixteen and turned pro, getting regular gigs at the 2 i's Coffee Bar and The Flamingo Club in London - first with Bob Xavier’s band, and then with The Jury. He replaced Jimmy Page in The Crusaders before joining Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds in ‘64.

Albert and The Crickets in 1973 (photograph by John Livzey, courtesy Jerry Allison).

He soon found his favoured guitar of choice, the Fender Telecaster, whilst everyone else was playing Gibson Les Pauls and Stratocasters. Albert admitted to feeling like the odd man out as his appreciation for American country artists grew, and he formed the band Country Fever. He began working with Poet & The One Man Band, who later turned into Heads, Hands & Feet when Jerry Donahue and Pat Donaldson (of Country Fever) were replaced by Albert and Chas Hodges. Their self-titled debut album featured the original “Country Boy”, now synonymous with Albert’s trademark picking style.

The U.S eventually beckoned, and Albert began doing session work and briefly toured with The Crickets in 1973. He moved to Los Angeles, where he met his idols Phil and Don Everly, and Don invited Albert to play with him and pedal steel legend Buddy Emmons. After working on Don’s second album, Albert left to join Joe Cocker’s band and was replaced by Lindsey Buckingham.

Albert with the Hot Band, 1976 (courtesy the Lee family).

Albert’s reputation was growing as he moved to Encino, and met his wife Karen whilst rehearsing up in Santa Barbara with Joe Cocker and his band before they went on the road. He contributed to Cocker’s “Sting Ray”, and was then approached by A&M about putting together a solo album.

At a pivotal point in his career, Albert was asked by Emmylou Harris to replace James Burton - one of his guitar heroes - who was leaving for Elvis Presley’s band. In 1976 he joined the Hot Band, and his incredible guitar work came to the fore on the “Luxury Liner” LP. Albert released his first solo album “Hiding”, produced by Brian Ahern, which featured perhaps the definite version of “Country Boy” with Emmylou on backing vocals and Ricky Skaggs on fiddle.

When he returned to London in 1978 for session recording, Albert met Eric Clapton. He was invited to join his band and played on Clapton’s live album “Just One Night”, which featured Albert on lead vocals for a cover of Mark Knopfler’s “Setting Me Up”. Albert would work with Eric for five years before he left and released his second solo album, the self-titled “Albert Lee” in 1982.

Albert fulfilled his boyhood dream to play with the Everly Brothers in 1983 when he acted as guitarist and musical director for their reunion concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Since then he would regularly tour with the Everlys on and off for 20 years. After two instrumental albums - “Speechless” (1986) and “Gagged But Not Bound” (1987) - steel player Gerry Hogan invited Albert to headline at a festival in Newbury, England - fronting his own band for the very first time, Hogan’s Heroes.

Eric and Albert in Yugoslavia, late 1979 (courtesy the Lee family).

As Albert toured with Hogan’s Heroes through the late 80s, he began his long association with Ernie Ball Music Man, who would eventually (through many iterations) produce his signature guitar that he tours and records with today. In 2002 he would join Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney and other music legends on stage at the Concert for George at the Royal Albert Hall.

Albert also recieved a Grammy Award in 2002 for his contribution to “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” featured on “Earl Scruggs and Friends”. He appeared for the first time at Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2007, now an annual appearance, and has toured periodically for the last few years with ex-Stones bassist Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, performing with Georgie Fame. Joining his hero James Burton, along with the likes of Vince Gill and John Jorgenson, Albert won a Grammy for his performance on Brad Paisley’s instrumental “Cluster Pluck” in 2009.

Albert's next big project is the 70th Birthday Celebration, a solo album, documentary and concert project celebrating his illustrious career in music. Click here to find out more.

"One of the finest guitar players

who ever walked this earth..."

Vince Gill

The Band

Legendary guitar player Albert Lee has gathered together a stellar line-up of experienced and talented musicians for his US tour dates.

For US band enquiries, please contact Jim Cowan. Email him here, call him on (001) 805 231 9839 or fax on (001) 805 531 9233.

John 'J.T.' Thomas

Keyboards

On his 23rd year with Bruce Hornsby. Other collaborations include: Captain Beefheart, Don Henley, Sparks, Tracy Chapman and Emmylou Harris.

Former keyboard technician for Don Henley, Bruce Hornsby has referred to J.T. as “the greatest keyboard player in the band". His extensive list of recording credits and musical collaborations are great testaments to this.


Will McGregor

Bass

Will’s pure talent and versatility have earned him a spot in many different and very interesting projects.

Including and not limited to; Pretenders (Pirate Radio and Packed), Pat Boone (Ready to Rock), Corey Stevens (Bring on the Blues and Road To Zen), Excene Cervenka (Old Wive’s Tales) and Timothy Leary (Right to Fly).


Jason Harrison Smith

Drums

You name the style and he’ll play it. From the symphony to rock ‘n’ roll, Jason does it all.

He has worked with: Albert Lee and John Jorgenson, Julia Fordham, Paul Reiser, Five For Fighting, Paul Keneally.

Albert Lee & Hogan's Heroes

This multi-talented band features some of the top musicians in the UK. Hogan's Heroes was formed by their namesake Gerry Hogan over 20 years ago, specifically to back Albert.

Gerry Hogan - Pedal Steel / Guitar

Gerry has worked both as a studio and gigging musician. Credits include:
Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith The Everly Brothers, Dave Edmunds, Wet Wet Wet, Pulp, The Proclaimers, Jimmy Nail, Mott the Hoople and Matchbox.

Peter Baron – Drums

Peter too has gigged and worked extensively in studios. Credits include:
Elkie Brooks, Lulu, Leo Sayer, Huey Lewis, Dave Edmunds, Geno Washington, The Three Degrees, Elaine Page, Sam Brown, The Bay City Rollers and Renaissance.

Brian Hodgson – Bass

Brian has a background in songwriting and production Credits include:
Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Dave Edmunds, Shakin’ Stevens, Peter Sarstedt, Lonnie Donegan, Neil Innes, Sonny Curtis and Matchbox.

Gavin Povey – Piano

Gavin is also a writer, arranger and producer. Credits Include:
Van Morrison, Sir Cliff Richard, Dave Edmunds, Kirsty MacColl, Shakin Stevens, Graham Parker, Dion, Steve Cropper and Kim Wilson.

Click here for the Hogan's Heroes website. For Hogan's Heroes band enquiries, please email to bookings@albertleeandhogansheroes.com, or call +44 (0) 1289 303156 / +44 (0) 07957 144846.

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