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Guitar Player Presents:
Albert Leew/ Vikki Lee & Russ Whitehead
July 18, 2013
Thursday, July 18
In the early 60s, a time of wah-wah pedals and distortion with Jimmy Hendrix and Eric Clapton fronting the music scene, Albert had his first taste of commercial success playing with Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds.
Albert soon found his favoured guitar of choice, the Fender Telecaster, whilst everyone else was playing Gibson Les Paul and Fender Stratocaster. Albert admitted to feeling like the odd man out, a notion he took one step further by discovering his love for country music while other musicians were covering artists like Johnny Cash.
The U.S eventually beckoned, and Albert was back and forth between Los Angeles and the U.K working with the likes of 'Poet And The One Man Band' before joining 'The Crickets' with whom he recorded and toured. 'Poet And The One Man Band' eventually turned in to 'Heads Hands & Feet' with whom Albert enjoyed some commercial success, most notably in the U.K.
L.A was an exciting place for Albert and he started to build quite a reputation among the local session playing scene, jamming and gigging wherever and with whoever he could. It wasn't long before Albert got to meet and work with his idols, 'The Everly Brothers', playing with Don as lead guitarist and harmony singer in his touring band.
Then came a series of collaborations with long-time friend Eric Clapton, touring for a couple of years with the band throughout the U.K and the U.S, as well as travelling east for a special celebratory concert at the Budokan in Japan. 1983 saw Albert play at the 'Everly Brothers' reunion concert in the Royal Albert Hall. He then went on record and tour with the Everlys after parting ways with Eric.
Albert continued to play on the road, working with a variety of artists and bands including Rosanne Cash and eventually Gerry Hogan, who invited Albert to front his band 'Hogan's Heroes'. This was the start of something both extremely different but hugely enjoyable for Albert, who at first was somewhat nervous about leading a band for the first time, but soon found his feet and in turn great success with the group.
More recently, Albert began working in the studio and subsequently toured with Bill Wyman. In 2002 he appeared on stage at the 'Concert for George' to celebrate the life and music of George Harrison. The same year, Albert received a Grammy for his work on Brad Paisley's 'Cluster Pluck'. He also received nominations for tracks on three other solo CDs of his own. Albert's next big project is the 70th Birthday Celebration, a solo album, documentary and concert project celebrating his illustrious career in music.
Vikki Lee & Russ Whitehead
From their humble beginnings at the Trailer Park and NoTell Bar, to the bright lights of Alaska, the Bay Area and Los Angeles concert stages with Albert Lee, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Glen Glenn, and some guy with a harmonica, Vikki Lee and Russ “The Muleskinner” Whitehead know how to cause trouble. Many times they have heard "y'all ain’t from around here, are ya?" With songs about trains, laundry, and how they need a kiss, they will keep you entertained and maybe dancing until you have to go home!