Guitar legend ALBERT LEE first came to prominence during a 1964-68 stint in British Blues and R & B stalwarts Chris Farlowe’s Thunderbirds. After working in the UK bands for touring country acts such as Bobby Bare and Skeeter Davis, Lee’s next full- time berth was two years with the UK answer to the Flying Burrito Brothers and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band-Head , Hands, and Feet. His reputation grew and session work blossomed, including appearances on “The London Bo Diddley Sessions” for Chess and Jerry Lee Lewis’ “The London Sessions”. This and other work with U.S. based greats led to a permanent position in the Crickets, and by the time that ended Albert had long since made Southern California his home. There he became friendly with Don Everly, who had also settled in Southern California; they played regularly on a formal and informal basis, with Albert contributing to Don’s 1974 solo effort “Sunset Towers”. The move to California also led to work on sessions for the debut album of Jackson Browne.
Lee joined Joe Cocker’s band in the mid 70s, a time that included recordings for the April 1976 release “Stingray”. From there A & M records singed Albert as an artist in his own right. The solo album’s completion was delayed by constant studio and touring work, primarily in Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band; in 1976 Albert replaced James Burton when Burton left to continue work with Elvis Presley’s TCB band. The Emmylou Harris albums “Luxury Liner” (Jan. 1977), “Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town” (Jan. 1978) “Blue Kentucky Girl” (April 1979), “Roses in the Snow” (May 1980, recorded July 1979), and “Evangeline” (Jan 1981, recorded 1978-80) all include Albert. He ended his touring tenure with the Hot Band to complete his solo album, and “Hiding” was finally released in 1979.
Albert Lee’s song “Country Boy” helped to redefine country guitar for a whole generation of players, and was later to become a #1 hit for multi-instrumentalist Ricky Skaggs.
Albert has been awarded 2 Grammys in his illustrious career. In 2002, Lee received a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance for “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” from the CD “Earl Scruggs and Friends”. In 2009, he again received a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performace for the track “Clusterpluck” from Brad Paisley’s album of the same name.
Albert turned 70 years young on December 21, 2013. In celebration of this legend’s milestone, concerts were held in Los Angeles and London and featured old friends such as Peter Asher, Gary Brooker of Procol Harum, Rodney Crowell, Dave Edmunds, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Chris Farlowe, Emmylou Harris, Chris Hillman of the Byrds, Ralph Mctell, The Shadows, Bill Wyman and many more. A documentary of these fabulous shows will be available before the end of 2014 and is a must-see and hear for all!
Austin-based Dobro and steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar’s career has taken some surprising twists and turns that have led her to work with many of the leading artists in contemporary music including Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Asleep at the Wheel, Garrision Keillor, Marcia Ball, Jorma Kaukonen, Leon Redbone, BeauSoliel, Daniel Lanois, and Redd Volkaert.
Cindy’s unerring ability to perfectly compliment a song or step out with a tasteful, imaginative, and exciting solo – and to do it in so many musical genres – has made her one of the most in-demand musicians on the American roots music scene. Her debut CD, Slide Show, features guest artists comprising a Who’s Who of the contemporary roots scene.
“Equally at home picking a vintage Dobro, an old National resonator guitar, or laying down fat horn voicings on a tripleneck 8-string steel, Cashdollar is a master of bluegrass, gutbucket blues, honky tonk, swampy R&B, and Western Swing.”
– Frets Magazine
And, in answer to her most frequently asked question, yes, Cashdollar is a real name.