"When St. Peter asks me to chronicle the highlights of 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 wrote that.
She should know.
- was voted Guitar Player Magazine’s “Best Country Guitar Picker” five times
- won the 2002 Grammy for best Country Instrumental Performance
- was in a band called Heads, Hands and Feet in the early 70s. Landed what was at the time the biggest record advance ever offered to a
band - half a million dollars up front..You can get their CDs on Amazon for upwards of 100 bucks. If you're lucky.
- Played guitar [Under the falling sky] on Jackson Browne's eponymous (or "Saturate before using" - take your pick) album
- was in Emmylou Harris's Hot Band [Luxury Liner]
- toured with Clapton for 5 years
- worked with Glen Campbell, Dave Edmunds, Dolly Parton, Joan Armatrading, Ricky Scaggs, Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt,
Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, Earl Scruggs, Nicolette Larson, The Everly Brothers, The Crickets and Bo Diddley
- Tours with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings
And I bet you've never heard of him
I'm lucky. I saw him first with Bill Wyman at KUZ in 2004 and I saw him again last night (for the third time) at what used to be the village movie theatre in Lorsch (and is now the Rex Musiktheater. About 3000 square feet, bistro tables and bar stools for the very geriatric, "backstage" for the band is the old projection room upstairs, so they move through the crowd to the minuscule stage. Good camouflage. They're about our age. They could be us.
Jeff Beck's played there. So have Plant and Page. Paul Carrack's there next month. As is Colosseum. And The Yardbirds. And and and.
Two and a half hour set with his mates (Hogan's Heroes).Country shuffle, boogie, hardcore flat-out picking.
Everything from his own stuff [Payola Blues] to Everly Brothers [Brand new heartache] Presley [Don't], Buddy Hollie [Ollie Vee] Beach Boys [Only with you], Johnny Burnett [Tear it up] Ralph Stanley [Man of constant sorrow] Hoyt Axton [Evangelina],Jerry Lee Lewis [Wild One], Motown [That is rock'n'roll] Delbert McClinton [Two more bottles of wine] and Richard Thomson [Dimmin' of the day]
Just the nicest guy. Comes out after the show, flogs and signs CDs (and the set list I got from Ian, the mixer man) and chats away.
And he's so fast.
Even with the shutter speed set at 1/2000, his fingers are still a fucking blur....