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Known for his signature Ernie Ball guitar and lightning speed playing, guitar legend Albert Lee has not only worked in the studio and on tour with some of the biggest names in music but he has also maintained a solo career of his own. His music career first came to prominence during a 1964-68 stint in British Blues and R&B stalwarts Chris Farlowe's Thunderbirds. After touring in the UK with country acts such as Bobby Bare and Skeeter Davis, Lee's next full-time gig was two years with the UK answer to the Flying Burrito Brothers and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band …a band called Heads, Hands, & Feet. This and other work with U.S. based greats led to a permanent position in the Crickets, and by the time that ended Albert had long since made Southern California his home. There he became friendly with Don Everly, who had also settled in Southern California; they played regularly with Albert contributing to Don's 1974 solo effort "Sunset Towers". The move to California also led to work on sessions for the debut album of Jackson Browne.
Lee joined Joe Cocker's band in the mid 70s, a time that included recordings for the April 1976 release "Stingray". From there A & M records signed Albert as an artist in his own right. The solo album's completion was delayed by constant studio and touring work, primarily in Emmylou Harris' Hot Band; in 1976 Albert replaced James Burton when Burton left to continue work with Elvis Presley's TCB band. The Emmylou Harris albums "Luxury Liner" (Jan. 1977), "Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town" (Jan. 1978) "Blue Kentucky Girl" (April 1979), "Roses in the Snow" (May 1980, recorded July 1979), and "Evangeline" (Jan 1981, recorded 1978-80) all include Albert. He ended his touring tenure with the Hot Band to complete his solo album, and "Hiding" was finally released in 1979.
An invitation around the Christmas season in 1978 led to a five year adventure for Albert in Eric Clapton's band. The live album "Just One Night", recorded at Budokan in December 1979, was the first release (April 1980) to feature Albert. "Another Ticket" (Feb. 1981), "Time Pieces Vol 2-Live in the 70s" (1983), and "Money and Cigarettes" (Feb. 1983) all were part of Albert's tenure with Eric.
His studio work in this period continued, including contributions to three albums by Rosanne Cash: 1979's "Right or Wrong", 1981's "Seven Year Ache", and 1982's "Somewhere in the Stars". Other sessions included work with Dave Edmunds, Rodney Crowell, Nanci Griffith, Carlene Carter, and countless others. His solo efforts continued as well, with the self titled "Albert Lee" in 1982, and instrumental releases on MCA- the acclaimed "Speechless" (1986) and "Gagged But Not Bound" (1987).
When the Everly Brothers reunited on September 23, 1983 at London's Royal Albert Hall, Albert was on hand as guitarist and Musical Director. He continued in that role for over 20 years until the Brothers retired. An invitation in 1987 by steel guitarist Gerry Hogan for Albert to play his annual festival led to the formation of Albert Lee and Hogan's Heroes, who remain an active touring force in the UK and Europe- and a recording force worldwide, with 7 albums to their credit. The DVD "Live at the Tivoli" was released in 2011, and the new CD, "On the Town Tonight" was released on February 14, 2012.
Albert remains an occasional member of the Crickets, and tours regularly with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings. Sugar Hill records released Albert's solo efforts "Heartbreak Hill" in 2003 and "Road Runner" in 2006. A summer 2011 jaunt with John Jorgenson prompted Albert to form his own U.S. band for the very first time.
"The greatest guitarist in the world."-Eric Clapton
"Albert is, in every sense of the word, a genuine guitar wizard."-Earl Scruggs
“When Saint Peter asks me to chronicle my time down here on earth, I'll be able to say -with pride if that's allowed - that for a while I played rhythm guitar in a band with Albert Lee."-Emmylou Harris
Forward Motion's music and performances capture the qualities of music that move people. Steeped in the traditions of funk and soul, their sound is instantly recognizable yet entirely new. Influenced by his jazz and rock backgrounds, singer, songwriter and pianist Alex Godiksen has developed a style that is at once both lyrical and soul-driven. Lead guitarist Andy Sorenson and drummer Jon Stoltzfus are childhood friends from Philadelphia who share a love of classic funk and modern jazz. Guitarist John Brackett has come back to Connecticut after spending time absorbing the classic Americana sounds of blues and country around Nashville, Tennessee. Bassist Adam "Coffee" Clark, is the newest member of the band and is also versed in trombone and euphonium at a professional level. While the influences are diverse, they are also at the root of Forward Motion's ability to create a sound that can instantly connect with the audience.
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