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BRYAN LEE

Whether he's wailing a Freddy King inspired blues ballad, stomping out low down and dirty blues, or getting down with a super funky New Orleans groove, Bryan Lee is gonna grab your soul and squeeze it till you scream in blues ecstasy.
Duke Robillard


Born on March 16, 1943 in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, Bryan Lee lost his eye sight and was legally blind by the age of eight. He had an avid interest in early Rock and Roll and Blues music, which was fostered through the 1950's late night listening sessions from Nashville Music radio stations such as WLAC. This is where Lee was first introduced to the sounds of Elmore James, T-Bone Walker and many other influential bluesmen.

The man now known as "Braille Blues Daddy" started out playing for Midwest crowds at the early age of 15. In the late 1950's, Bryan Lee opened for Bill Haley & The Comets with his band The Glaciers performing cover music of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Little Richard.

By the early 1960's and throughout the 1970's, Bryan Lee's musical interest turned to the sound of Chicago Blues while touring throughout the Midwest. He was heavily influenced by Chicago Bluesmen Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Hubert Sumlin and Freddie King. While on tour in the 1980's Bryan opened for one of his hero's Muddy Waters. After the show Muddy told Bryan: "Bryan, stay with this, one day you will be a living legend." "I went home and I cried", says Lee.

Although his acceptance in the Chicago Blues Scene didn't come until later in his career, Bryan has the respect of his friends and peers such as Buddy Guy and Lonnie Brooks. Bryan Lee and his band frequently pack the Legend's house performing authentic blues.

In the late 1970's Bryan fell in love with the city of New Orleans and eventually moved to the Crescent City on Jan 6, 1982. He has been a fixture on the French Quarter music scene ever since where his guitar brings the Chicago styled blues of Luther Allison, as well as Albert King and Albert Collins. Bryan Lee made his stand, performing 5 nights a week for over 14 years at the Old Absinthe House. He is referred to as "A New Orleans Blues Institution" a name given to him by Quint Davis, producer of NOLa Jazz and Heritage Festival, where Bryan has performed for over 26 years.

During the 1990's Bryan and the Jump Street Five Band initiated a long recording deal with Justin Time Records from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The collaboration and Lee's individual sets would result in 13 albums over the coming years. In 1995, Bryan shared his stage with Kenny Wayne Shepherd when Kenny was just 13 years old. Bryan was so blown away by Kenny's guitar playing that he invited him to be on his Friday Night Saturday Night Live from The Old Absinthe House recording along with the great James Cotton and Frank Marino. Kenny also made a special guest appearance on Bryan's 2010 release My Lady Don't Love My Lady featuring Buddy Guy.

After the closing of The Old Absinthe House and the tragedy of Katrina, Bryan formed a new band and hit the road. Picking up Brent Johnson on guitar and John Perkins on drums, Bryan Lee and The Blues Power Band started touring all over the world.

One of many highlights of Bryan Lee's career would be performing at BB King's 80th Birthday in 2005, as well as being a special guest on Kenny Wayne's Blues from the Backroads, 10 Days Out (2007). Bryan Lee performed hit original tune "Tina Marie" with KWS and friends on the Jay Leno Show in 2007 as well as on the Tavis Smiley Show.

In 2010 Bryan was nominated for a GRAMMY Award (Live! In Chicago with KWS and Friends) and won a BMA for Best Rock Blues Album (Live! In Chicago with KWS and Friends).

In 2012 Bryan played his 26th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with The Blues Power Band to a packed tent.

"The Good Lord gave me this gift and I want to share it with you. - Bryan Lee

Discography:

2013 - Play One for Me (Severn Records)

2009 - My Lady Don't Love My Lady

2007 - Katrina Was Her Name (nominated for BMA Best Contemporary Blues CD 2008; winner of German Critics Award for Outstanding Blues CD of 2008)

2006 - Live and Dangerous, DVD

2005 - Live and Dangerous, CD

2003 - Greatest Hits

2002 - Six String Therapy

2000 - Crawfish Lady

1998 - Friday Night at the Old Absinthe House

1998 - Saturday Night Live at the Old Absinthe House

1995 - Blues Is

1995 - Heat Seeking Missile

1994 - Braille Blues Daddy

1993 - Memphis Bound

1991 - Bryan Lee and the Jump Street Five

 
Play One for Me
SEVERN CD 0059