TUFR Featured Artist Performance: Albert Lee

Renowned musician Albert Lee is this week’s Featured Artist on Turn Up For Recovery’s YouTube Channel. Tune in Saturday 27 June at PDT 11:00am, EDT 2:00pm and BST 7:00pm, for a very special performance at

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Albert Lee – named Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Country Guitarist” five consecutive times – was born in December 1943 in Herefordshire, England and grew up in Blackheath, London. He began formal piano lessons at 7 and in 1958, took up the guitar. Some of his early influences were Buddy Holly and The Crickets, Scotty Moore, James Burton, and The Everly Brothers.  Albert quit school and turned professional in 1959 playing with a succession of R&B, country and rock bands.

International recognition happened in the 1970s. In 1971, he performed with Deep Purple’s keyboard player Jon Lord on the studio recording of Lord’s Gemini Suite. That same year, he recorded a self-titled album with his current band, Heads Hands & Feet. Four more albums followed before Albert relocated to Los Angeles in 1974. There, he started working with The Crickets, pursued session and road work, and in 1976, joined Emmylou Harris’ The Hot Band, replacing one of his early heroes, James Burton.

In 1979, Albert recorded his oft-postponed solo album, which included the definitive version of his song “Country Boy”. The song helped redefine country guitar for a generation of players, and was later a hit for Ricky Skaggs.

In 1983, Albert was responsible for The Everly Brothers’ reunion concert. He played regularly with the Everlys for more than twenty years.

Albert met Eric Clapton when they both played on a recording session for Marc Benno. In January 1979. Eric asked him join his band as second guitarist. Albert toured and recorded with EC until March 1983 and can be heard on the albums Just One Night, Another Ticket, and Money & Cigarettes. Albert was a part of Eric’s 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festivals.

From 1987 to 2015, he toured and recorded with his band, Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes. His most recent album, Gypsy Man – A Tribute To Buddy Holly, was released last year.

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Turn up for Recovery is a charitable movement aiming to raise awareness of abstinence-based recovery, tackle the stigma of addiction and help make treatment affordable to people struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. The idea for Turn up for Recovery (TUFR) came to founder, Melia Clapton, while walking her dog. She wanted to tackle the stigma around addiction and alcoholism and raise awareness about the power of abstinence based recovery. It’s a topic very close to her heart, having supported family members throughout their recovery. Her vision is for an inclusive community of artists, music lovers and those affected by addiction coming together to have a good time, talk about recovery and raise money for others to get the help that they need at Crossroads Centre Antigua. Melia announced the movement in September 2019 during Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival. It has been gaining momentum ever since.

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