"Whispering Bob" of BBC radio fame will be the host for Albert's 70th Birthday Concert next year...
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.
Get regular updates, interview clips, behind the scenes footage and special member offers as the project develops.
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.
Jools Holland talking about playing 'Country Boy' in Nashville.
We're proud to announce that the anniversary concerts will be brought to you in association with Strings & Things, the UK distributor of Albert's Ernie Ball Music Man guitar.
Fans will get the opportunity to celebrate Albert's 70th birthday with these once-in-a lifetime concerts. It will see Albert and a host of stars and musicians performing together not only original tracks from the new album but classic favourites spanning Albert's career and the history of rock 'n' roll.
Due to unprecedented demand, the 1st March concert at Cadogan Hall is now sold out!
Click here to buy tickets for the 2nd March 2014.
Cadogan Hall is a 900-seat theatre in the heart of London, and home to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Click here for more information on their website.
Albert Lee, who has spent years in the studio recording with many different bands and artists, has also sustained a successful solo career of his own. As part of the 70th Birthday Celebration, Albert will be collaborating with musicians, past and present, to craft a brand new solo effort, recorded "as live".
Album release date and availability to be confirmed soon.
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Find out when and where Albert is touring, and how to book tickets.
The Canyon Club - Agoura Hills, CA
Special guests Peter Asher, Jerry Donahue, Rosie Flores, John Jorgenson, Herb Pedersen, Scarlet Rivera and a few who we can't announce!
The Coach House
Black Oak Casino
Performing Arts Center
Winter Dance Party - Surf Ballroom
Iridium Jazz Club
Iridium Jazz Club
Iridium Jazz Club
Iridium Jazz Club
The Bull Run
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Hermosa Beach, CA
Mill Valley, CA
Santa Cruz, CA
Grass Valley, CA
The Woodlands/Houston, TX
Clear Lake, IA
New York City
New York City
New York City
New York City
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 Shropshire before moving to and growing up in London. He was first introduced to music with the piano, taking lessons aged 9, before listening to the likes of Lonnie Donegan, Buddy Holly and Gene Vincent who inspired him to take up the guitar.
Playing as often as he could, borrowing friends' guitars, Albert was treated one Christmas to a Hofner President, his first very own guitar, and from there he never looked back.
With the likes of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and The Everly Brothers on the radio, Albert took to playing all over London in bars and church halls, whilst also working part time at a hairdressers suppliers shop. Soon enough, regular gigs at the '2 i's Coffee Bar' and 'The Flamingo Club' occupied the majority of Albert's time, along with various gigs in Germany, a popular destination at the time for most bands including The Beatles.
In the early 60s, a time of wah-wah pedals and distortion with Jimmy Hendrix and Eric Clapton fronting the music scene, Albert had his first taste of commercial success playing with Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds.
Albert soon found his favoured guitar of choice, the Fender Telecaster, whilst everyone else was playing Gibson Les Paul and Fender Stratocaster. Albert admitted to feeling like the odd man out, a notion he took one step further by discovering his love for country music while other musicians were covering artists like Johnny Cash.
The U.S eventually beckoned, and Albert was back and forth between Los Angeles and the U.K working with the likes of 'Poet And The One Man Band' before joining 'The Crickets' with whom he recorded and toured. 'Poet And The One Man Band' eventually turned in to 'Heads Hands & Feet' with whom Albert enjoyed some commercial success, most notably in the U.K.
L.A was an exciting place for Albert and he started to build quite a reputation among the local session playing scene, jamming and gigging wherever and with whoever he could. It wasn't long before Albert got to meet and work with his idols, 'The Everly Brothers', playing with Don as lead guitarist and harmony singer in his touring band.
Albert settled in Encino, and would throw regular parties with Hogan's Heroes for the likes of John Lennon, Joni Mitchell, Ringo Starr and Jimmy Webb. Albert met his wife whilst rehearsing up in Santa Barbara with Joe Cocker and his band, and they moved into Joe's guest house in Malibu while Albert went on the road with Joe.
From touring with Joe came the chance to tour with Emmylou Harris and The Hot Band. After attending a gig one night, Albert was invited to replace one of his guitar heroes, James Burton, who was soon departing to play with Elvis Presley. Shortly after, with the help of Emmylou's husband and producer Brian Ahearn, alongside The Hot Band, Albert finally recorded his first solo album, 'Hiding' (1979).
Then came a series of collaborations with long-time friend Eric Clapton, touring for a couple of years with the band throughout the U.K and the U.S, as well as travelling east for a special celebratory concert at the Budokan in Japan. 1983 saw Albert play at the 'Everly Brothers' reunion concert in the Royal Albert Hall. He then went on record and tour with the Everlys after parting ways with Eric.
Albert continued to play on the road, working with a variety of artists and bands including Rosanne Cash and eventually Gerry Hogan, who invited Albert to front his band 'Hogan's Heroes'. This was the start of something both extremely different but hugely enjoyable for Albert, who at first was somewhat nervous about leading a band for the first time, but soon found his feet and in turn great success with the group.
More recently, Albert began working in the studio and subsequently toured with Bill Wyman. In 2002 he appeared on stage at the 'Concert for George' to celebrate the life and music of George Harrison. The same year, Albert received a Grammy for his work on Brad Paisley's 'Cluster Pluck'. He also received nominations for tracks on three other solo CDs of his own.
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.
Their first gig took place in 1987 at Gerry’s annual festival for pedal steel guitar. They have played together on a regular basis since that time, and as a result have become one of the tightest units in music. Click here for the Hogan's Heroes website. For Hogan's Heroes band enquiries, please email to email@example.com, or call +44 (0) 1289 303156 / +44 (0) 07957 144846.
Pedal Steel Guitar / Dobro / 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.
Drums / Vocals
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.
Bass Guitar / Vocals
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.
Piano / Vocals
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.
Legendary guitar player Albert Lee has gathered together a stellar line-up of experienced and talented musicians for his US tour dates. For future US gigs, keep checking the tour dates page.
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’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).
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.
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.