That mop of gray hair you see standing between McCartney and Clapton at all the royal tribute concerts would be none other Albert Lee, the British chicken-pickin’ country and rockabilly guitar ace whose credit list is a rather gaudy plume of Hall of Fame associations. Lee began as a touring musician in the early ’60s, rapidly finding himself playing in support of Joe Cocker, Emmylou Harris and Eric Clapton, among others. He served a 25-year stint as musical director for his heroes the Everly Brothers, working in that same span with all living Beatles and with modern country stars like Vince Gill and Roseanne Cash.
Lee has ten albums to his name as leader and multiple Grammys as sideman. Currently, he performs regularly alongside steel guitarist Gerry Hogan in Hogan’s Heroes. Lee remains an occasional member of the Crickets, tours regularly with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings and formed his own US band, for the very first time, in 2011.
With a band featuring Bruce Hornsby keyboardist J. T. Thomas, bassist Will MacGregor and drummer Jason Smith, the legendary Albert Lee performs at the Falcon in Marlboro on Monday, January 8 at 8 p.m. Per usual, there is no cover charge at the Falcon, but generous patronage is built into the culture. The Falcon is located at 1348 Route 9W in Marlboro. For more information, visit www.liveatthefalcon.com.