Grammy Award-winning legend Albert Lee celebrates over 50 years in the business, bringing his band on a rare Australian tour. After decades playing with everyone from Eric Clapton to the Everly Brothers, Emmylou Harris and Joe Cocker, Lee brings his rock and country roots to Adelaide Guitar Festival. Known for fiery fast fingers and inimitable playing style, Lee’s solo career distills one man’s decades of experience into simple musical mastery: a virtuoso’s virtuoso; a guitarist’s guitarist.
Albert Lee occupies an odd niche in music – British by birth and upbringing, he spent the mid-60s as a top R&B guitarist, but in the 1970s became one of the top rockabilly guitarists in the world, and no slouch in country music either. In England he's a been household name, and in Nashville and Los Angeles he's been one of the most in-demand session guitarists there is. But outside of professional music circles in America, he's one of those vaguely recognizable names, and occasionally misidentified with his similar-sounding contemporary, ex-Ten Years After guitarist Alvin Lee (with whom he did share a berth once, in Jerry Lee Lewis's band on the latter's London Sessions album). But where Alvin was a hero of Woodstock and a flashy guitarist, in the manner of British blues extroverts Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, Albert is much more likely to be found playing in the background, behind the Everly Brothers or alongside Eric Clapton.