For more than twenty years, Tim Lee has been bringing his brand of cool to stages across Canada and around the world. All the while, he’s been working with and learning from some of the best in the business. Many years and tours with Russell Jackson (B.B. King, Matt Murphy, Katie Webster, Frankie Lee), Chicago R&B star Sam Cockrell and legendary Texas Bluesman Sonny Rhodes has allowed Lee to draw from a deep well and develop his own modern Blues sound.
As a guitarist, Lee acknowledges the huge influence Mel Brown has had on his style since their first meeting in the early 90s and he continues to pay homage to his mentor at every show. Lee is also known to pull out his lap steel on occasion and while a nod has to be given to the time spent with Sonny Rhodes, his sound and style on the instrument is more reminiscent of Robert Randolph and Ben Harper.
Add to that his powerful voice and confident presence on stage and you have the world class show that Tim Lee brings to excited fans, young and old, night after night.
Armed with his guitar, his voice and a respect for past traditions, Tim Lee is a Canadian Blues player looking to the future. “Assuredly somebody with something to say and a new way to say it.” is how international Blues publication Blues Revue describes the Canadian-born, U.K. based performer. Echo Magazine calls him “a consummate bluesman with a chrome polished voice and howling guitar.”
Hot on the heels of his tenure with The Russell Jackson Band (former bassist with the B.B. King Orchestra) and Chicago’s premier R&B band Sam Cockrell and the Groove, Tim was at it again. As a solo acoustic show or with his band, he continues to deliver at a world class level, night after night. Along with his band, Tim has collaborated with, among others, keyboardist/vocalist Graham Guest (Sue Foley Band) in a partnership which resulted in a number of incendiary performances and a live CD released in October, 2006.
Tim also made many appearances as a member of Harpdog Brown and the Bloodhounds (guitar/bass), The Sonny Rhodes Blues Band (guitar/vocals) and other national and international acts.
Since his first performance in 1991, Tim has enjoyed appearing with many wonderful artists like Andrew ‘Jr. Boy’ Jones, Donald Ray Johnson, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, James Harman and Eddie Vaan Shaw Jr. He has also made appearances at the Edmonton Labatt’s Blues Festival, S.O.B.A. Blues Picnic, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Pop The Gator and upstairs at the el Mocambo. Through all that, he acknowledges the good fortune he’s had, learning from some of the best in the business. Most recently, Russell Jackson and Sam Cockrell.
Tim states “Russell taught me more about Blues than anyone. He also taught me about stuff you don’t find on the records. Things like how to keep your head on straight, how to survive the rigors of the road and above all how to deliver a world class performance – every time – no matter what. Working with Sam Cockrell gave me the opportunity to dive much deeper into old school funk, r&b, soul and even disco. They both taught me a lot about being an entertainer and they never restricted me to the sidelines. I was given the opportunity to be right out front and was encouraged to shine.”
Add to that the undeniably huge influence guitar god Mel Brown has had on him since their first meeting early in Tim’s career and you’ve got the man Exclaim! Magazine calls “…a maverick with a unique new take on the blues.”
Edmonton Labatt’s Blues Festival – Saskatoon Blues Festival – Mt. Baker Blues Festival – Southern Ontario Blues Association Blues Picnic – Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – University of Waterloo Canada Day Festival (55,000 people in attendance) – 3 years as host of the infamous Saturday Afternoon Blues Jam at Blues On Whyte – ‘A’ Channel’s ‘Big Breakfast Show’ – City TV’s ‘Breakfast Television’ – City TV’s ‘Lunch Television’ – Featured guest on C.J.S.R.-F.M.’s ‘Calling All Blues’ and ‘Dog Tracks’ – Featured guest on C.K.W.R.-F.M.’s ‘Zona Radio’ – BBC Radio ‘Drivetime With Stephen Foster’ – Blues On Whyte – Pop The Gator – El Mocambo – Plus many more…
Tim Lee Guitar/Vocals
Tim works with a diverse group of world class players. The core trio, consisting of Tim and a rhythm section can be augmented to include piano/B3, harmonica and/or a second guitar depending on the needs and budget of the venue.
Tim is also available for solo/duo appearances.
Jane Austin Sings The Blues (Compilation)
Tim Lee and the Revelators
62min. 43sec. Recorded live.
Tim Lee and the Revelators
with Mel Brown
Tim Lee and the Ghetto Sisters