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Guitar legend Albert Lee back in Wirral on 70th birthday tour
BRITISH guitar legend Albert Lee and Hogan's Heroes return to Wirral this week as part of his 70th birthday trans-atlantic tour.
The Grammy-award winner, who has remained for more than five decades one of the world's most renowned and emulated guitarists, takes to the stage at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton on Thursday, September 12.
Looking ahead to the show he had this message for Globe readers: "You can expect a great show. A lively mix of country and rock n roll.
"Enjoy the concert. We will be signing cds and autographs after the gig. Look forward to seeing you there."
In an extensive career filled with both solo and band-related studio recordings - and session work with others - London-born Albert has received five Grammy nominations, winning Grammy Awards for his collaborations with bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs and country star Brad Paisley.
He has played in various bands since 1959. After touring and recording through the mid-sixties with R&B / rock and roll artist Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds, Lee co-founded Heads Hands & Feet, a band whose sound blended British and American country and rock influences.
Their debut album in 1971 featured Albert's now-classic original version of Country Boy, which showcased his picking style that has influenced generations of new players.
Aside from his years recording and touring with Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band and Bill Wyman, he has also worked with The Everly Brothers, Patty Loveless, Joe Cocker, Herbie Mann, Dave Edmunds, Rosanne Cash, Jackson Browne, Rodney Crowell, and the Crickets.
He said: "I'm honoured to have played with all these people."
In 1987, he was invited by Gerry Hogan to headline his steel guitar festival in Newbury, Berkshire and they've been touring eversince.
His advice for aspiring rock gods is simple: "Practice and get out there and play."
Repeatedly voted "Best Country Guitarist" in the Guitar Player magazine Readers’ Choice Awards, Albert is a member of the Guitar Player Gallery of Greats, an exclusive membership designated only to those who win the prestigious award five times.
He is also a member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, formed by the ex-Rolling Stone guitarist in 1995, simply because he wanted to play music and go on tour.
As well as Albert the line-up also includes Georgie Fame, Beverley Skeete, Terry Taylor, Graham Broad, Geraint Watkins, Nick Payn and Frank Mead.
Asked how it feels to be part of a band such as this, Albert said: "It works well and is good fun."
Recently Albert has appeared at three of Eric Clapton's highly acclaimed "Crossroads" benefit concerts and was also featured in the George Harrison tribute concert in 2002.
As part of his 70th birthday celebrations he will perform in a number of special concerts, both in the United Kingdom and America.
Tickets for Thursday’s show at the Floral Pavilion are from the box office on 0151 666 0001.
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