Bryan Lee

Bryan Lee

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New Orleans based bluesman has made it to every blues venues from Chicago to the Big Easy in the last thirty years. The king of Burboun Street, Lee is a master of live performance.

Biography

New Orleans blues veteran Bryan Lee unleashes his own fiery brand of bluespower on Crawfish Lady, his seventh release for the Montreal-based Justin Time label. A typically gritty gumbo of infectious Chicago and Texas shuffles, Crescent City funk, Memphis styled soul and raucous blues rockers, it features the gravelly-voiced guitar slinger in particularly fine form, just lettin’ the good times roll. As writer Brett J. Bonner states in his liner notes: "One listen to Bryan Lee and you’ll be wondering where this man has been hiding himself."
A player and singer of fierce conviction and deep soul, Lee has been New Orleans’ best kept secret for the past two decades. And on Crawfish Lady, his first studio recording since 1995’s acclaimed Heat Seeking Missile, he rips with ferocious abandon. Raw rockers like Leon Russell’s "Palace of the King," which he dedicates to the late, great bluesman Freddie King, are platforms for his searing six-string work. Bryan also flaunts his stinging world-class chops on his slinky, minor key lament "Louisiana Woman," the greasy organ-driven funk of "Noize With The Boyz," the slow blues of "Winehead Woman" and the Meters-esque funk of the title cut. Other highlights include the Professor Longhair flavored mambo "Something’s Wrong," the jazz-blues instrumental "Chitlin’s," Lee’s answer to jazz guitar great Kenny Burrell’s "Chitlins Con Carne," and the humorous jive-talking closer, "Kiss My Ass For A Change." Accompanied by Andre´ Maritato on bass, Sammy Neal on drums, George Rossy on piano, longtime bandmember Marc Adams on organ, Ward Smith and Jody Golick on tenor sax and Barney Floyd on trumpet, Lee reaches some scintillating heights on Crawfish Lady. As he says, "I like this record. I think it’s the best thing I have ever done. If the good Lord called me now I could go because I have proved to everybody what I am made of."
Born on March 16, 1943 in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, Bryan Lee completely lost his eyesight by the age of eight. His avid interest in early rock and blues was fostered through the ‘50s by late night listening sessions via the Nashville-based radio station WLAC AM, where he first encountered the sounds of Elmore James, Albert King and Albert Collins. By his late teens, Bryan was playing rhythm guitar in a regional band called The Glaciers that covered Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Chuck Berry material. Through the ’60s, Bryan’s interest turned to Chicago blues and he soon found himself immersed on that scene, opening for some of his boyhood heroes.
In January of 1982, in the midst of a particularly cold Wisconsin winter, Lee headed south to New Orleans, eventually landing a steady gig at the Old Absinthe House in the heart of the French Quarter. He debuted on the Justin Time label in 1991 with The Blues Is...
After eight top-notch recordings in the last ten years and more than two decades of thrilled audiences in North America and Europe, Bryan was ready to communicate the sum of all experience and impressions he accumulated. Six String Therapy (released September 24 2002), is the result. This superb collection, thoughtfully selected (and written, as is the case for two tracks), hauntingly displays Bryan’s charmingly distinct style.

One key ingredient in the final blues recipe of Six String Therapy is producer Duke Robillard, noted fellow bluesman. Adds Duke, “When Bryan called me about producing this session, he knew I shared his love for these early blues and R&B styles and that I often had a group who played with the authority he needed to make his “dream” album. Of course I jumped at the chance, and the results are in your hands.”

Discography

Bryan Lee's Greatest Hits - 2003
Six String Therapy - 2002
Crawfish Lady - 2000
Live At The Old Absinthe House Bar... Saturday Night - 1998
Live At The Old Absinthe House Bar... Friday Night - 1997
Heat Seeking Missile - 1995
Braille Blues Daddy - 1994
Memphis Bound - 1993
The Blues Is - 1991