"The ultimate virtuoso. His skill is extraordinary, his ear is extraordinary, and he’s gifted on just about every level. When he gets into his stride, I can’t even keep up with him”. - so said Eric Clapton about Albert Lee, known to many as both “the guitar player’s guitar player” and “Mr. Telecaster.”
Albert Lee, the Grammy Award-winning British guitarist, multiple recipient of scores of “Best Guitarist” awards and celebrated by fans and musicians over the world appears at the PCH Club at the Golden Sails Hotel on Friday, April 17.
"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.” – Emmylou Harris
“One of the finest guitar players who ever walked this earth.” Vince Gill
“If I could be born again as anyone other than myself, it would be as Albert Lee”, - Dave Edmunds
In the early 1970s, Lee achieved guitar hero status with the British country-rock group Heads Hands & Feet, playing his Fender Telecaster at breakneck tempos. Though he’s celebrated for his speed and virtuosity on the instrument, he’s also held in high regard for his melodicism. Over the years, Lee has used both Telecasters and Music Man guitars equipped with B-Benders.
Lee’s career kicked into high gear in 1974 when he moved to Los Angeles, where he performed session work on albums by Buddy Holly’s former group, the Crickets. He subsequently worked with Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band, where he replaced his hero James Burton, and in 1978 began a five-year stint performing with Clapton. In 1983, Lee reunited the Everly Brothers for a concert and served as its musical director. He went on to perform with the duo for more than 20 years.
In the late ’80s, Lee began fronting his own band, which over the years has performed with Clapton, Tommy Emmanuel and Willie Nelson, among many others. Lee has also toured with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, performed at the 2002 George Harrison tribute show Concert for George and appeared at the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival.
His numerous awards include a 2002 Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance for “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” from the album Earl Scruggs and Friends. He’s also notched five consecutive wins for Guitar Player’s Best Country Guitarist and in 2017 was honored at the U.K. Americana Awards with the Trailblazer Lifetime Achievement Award.
PLUS - the amazing RIP MASTERS opens this show with his Americana / Rockabilly originals and covers.