Grammy-winning guitar legend to appear on Saturday 12 September in association with LR Baggs and Ernie Ball in support of his new album Highwayman
Described as the “ultimate virtuoso” by Eric Clapton, Albert Lee is set to appear on the London Acoustic Show’s main stage on Saturday 12 September 2015 in association with LR Baggs and Ernie Ball to perform tracks from his new album Highwayman and to talk about his enduring career as one of the greatest guitar players alive.
Albert Lee was heavily involved in the emerging rock ‘n’ roll scene of London’s 1960s, and cut his teeth gigging with the likes of Jimmy Page, Bob Xavier and Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds before forming Heads, Hands & Feet with Chas Hodges. The U.S. eventually beckoned as he became more involved in country music, touring with The Crickets, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Emmons and Joe Cocker. Albert replaced James Burton (Elvis’ guitar player) in Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band, and on his return to London in the late 70s he joined Eric Clapton. He played on The Everly Brothers’ Royal Albert Hall reunion concert in 1983 and subsequently toured with them. Recent accolades include Grammys for contributions on Earl Scrugg’s Foggy Mountain Breakdown and Brad Paisley’s Cluster Pluck and also appearing on stage at the “Concert For George” with music legends Sir Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, and Eric Clapton.
Albert Lee’s brand new solo album Highwayman is an intimate and heart wrenching collection of classic acoustic covers that sees Albert swap his signature Ernie Ball Music Man and “Country Boy” fast-picking for a close, personal and straight-from-the-heart performance on just piano, acoustic guitar and vocals.
This raw and emotional record pays tribute to many of Albert’s musical influences – the classic rock ’n’ roll of the Everly Brothers’ ‘Bye Bye Love’, the deep feeling and passion of Rodney Crowell’s ballad ‘Till I Can Gain Control Again’, and the centerpiece of the album in Jimmy Webb’s ‘The Highwayman’.
Highwayman features renditions of some of Albert’s all-time favourite tracks – recorded live and captured in a moment of true inspiration – and truly represent, to quote the man himself, “the album I’d always wanted to record”. This is Albert Lee as close and personal as you are ever likely to hear – and see at the London Acoustic Show 2015.
The London Acoustic Show takes place at London’s Olympia over September 12-13, 2015. Also appearing are: Doyle Dykes, Antoine Dufour (in association with Ernie Ball), Luca Stricagnoli, Steve ‘N’ Seagulls, Daniel Ho (in association with Yamaha Music London), Martin Carthy, Jon Gomm (in association with Fishman and JHS), Preston Reed, and Leon Hunt. Tickets are available now starting at £17.50 from www.londonacousticshow.com
“He’s the ultimate virtuoso. His skill is extraordinary, his ear is extraordinary and he’s gifted on just about every level.” – Eric Clapton
“Great musicians make you want to dance, make you cry and make you fall in love – Albert does that with his playing.” – Jools Holland
“There are great players, and there are geniuses, and Albert is a genius.” – Chris Farlowe
“One of my all-time guitar gods” – Brad Paisley