Grammy winning legendary guitarist for Emmylou Harris and Eric Clapton returns for first Australian shows this decade with headline shows across the country plus appearances at Adelaide Guitar Festival, Melbourne Guitar Show, Sydney Guitar Festival and Gympie Muster.
“He’s the greatest guitarist in the world. The ultimate virtuoso. His skill is extraordinary, his ear is extraordinary and he’s gifted on just about every level,” says Eric Clapton of the guitar legend.
Albert Lee is one of the absolute greatest guitarists in both rock and country music history. Included on Albert’s CV are performances and recordings with Keith Urban,Tommy Emmanuel, Dave Edmunds, Willie Nelson, Bill Wyman, Carlene Carter, Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Bert Jansch, Herbie Mann, Keith Richards and Dolly Parton.
With a live show that kicks off with a blistering rendition of Fat’s Domino’s ‘I’m Ready,’ and makes joyous pit stops for classic tunes by Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Hoyt Axton, Buddy Holly, Jimmy Webb and Ray Charles you can be assured of a sensational night of fabulous music as Albert and his crack L.A. band provide a masterclass in guitar picking rockabilly country via a living history of rock and roll.
Inspired by Elvis’s guitarist Scotty Moore, British born Lee first displayed his awesome chops trading licks with the likes of Jimmy Page and sharing stages with Deep Purple, Humble Pie and Grand Funk Railroad as part of the fabulous Byrds/Flying Burrito Bros inspired Heads Hands & Feet, before departing his homeland for the USA where he recorded three albums as a member of The Crickets, and then joined Joe Cocker at his peak. In 1976 Albert became part of Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band alongside Ricky Skaggs and Rodney Crowell.
In 1978 Albert commenced a five-year stint with Eric Clapton and in 1983 encouraged the Everly Brothers to get back together, acted as their musical director and went on to play regularly with them over the next twenty years. In 2002 the man known as Mr. Telecaster shared the stage with Paul McCartney at the Concert For George and won a Grammy Award in the same year for a performance with bluegrass icon Earl Scruggs. Albert appeared at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2007, 2010 and 2013.
It’s been nearly a decade since Albert Lee last brought his beloved Ernie Ball Music Man guitar to Australia but he’s making up for it in 2018 with shows across the country including appearances at the Adelaide Guitar Festival, The Melbourne Guitar Show, the Sydney Guitar Festival and the Gympie Muster.
ALBERT LEE & BAND – LIVE IN AUSTRALIA, AUGUST 2018
Saturday August 4 (day) – Melbourne – Melbourne Guitar show
Saturday August 4 (evening) – Melbourne – Caravan Club
Sunday August 5 – Melbourne – The Skylark Room, Upwey
Wednesday August 8– Melbourne – Flem-Ken Bowling Club, Flemington
Thursday August 9 – Melbourne – Thornbury Theatre
Friday August 10 – Meeniyan – Meeniyan Hall
Saturday August 11 – Adelaide – Adelaide Guitar Festival
Sunday August 12 – Perth – The Charles Hotel
Wednesday August 15 – Blue Mountains NSW – Blue Mountains Theatre
Thursday August 16 – Canberra – The Basement
Friday August 17– Sydney – Brass Monkey
Saturday August 18 – Sydney – Sydney Guitar Festival
Sunday August19 – Sydney – Sydney Guitar Festival
Tuesday August 21 – Newcastle – Lizotte’s
Wednesday August 22 – Central Coast – The Art House in Wyong
Thursday August 23 – Brisbane – The Zoo
Friday August 24 – Gold Coast – Sound Lounge
Saturday August 25 – Gympie – Gympie Muster