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Tim Lee has spent more than half his life as a professional musician and has thousands of appearances under his belt. Most of that time was spent touring in Canada and the US with his own trio or as a sideman for a number of stellar personalities from the Blues world. Years spent with legendary players like Russell Jackson (B.B. King, Otis Clay), Sonny Rhodes, and his mentor, the great Mel Brown gave Tim everything he needed to make his mark.
Lately, Tim has been living and traveling in the UK, bringing his solo show to clubs, festivals, and parties, far and wide. He also enjoys bringing music to the streets and can be spotted busking regularly. Tim’s show offers a variety of original songs, and a few old favourites, peppered with a story or two, all from the Blues and Americana world. He mixes old with new, vintage with modern, and backs it all up with his thirty-plus years experience as a touring musician.
“I grew up on a huge mix of music and a lot of it really stuck with me. Bessie Smith to Buck Owens, Hank Williams to Howlin’ Wolf, Link Wray to Lazy Lester and tons more! My first band in the early nineties was quite similar in style to The Blasters and from there I went on to work with and learn from some real heavyweights on the international Blues scene.”
A healthy schooling in ‘traditional’ forms of music and how they’re played has not limited Tim in how he approaches his show.
“I’m not exactly hung up on tradition when it comes to music.” Tim laughs.
“It’s really important, but shouldn’t be stifling.”
“I have great fun with all my ‘toys’ and will happily plug a 1938 Harmony archtop into a digital loop station, send that signal to a dusty old tube amp that smells funny and then send it on to a state-of-the-art mixing console. It’s the best of both worlds!”
What they’re saying:
“Tim’s use of a loop pedal to record what he’s playing ‘on the fly’ allows him to layer certain songs into infectious grooves that he can sing and play over. Tim doesn’t always rely on the loop pedal, but instead uses it sparingly and to great effect on a portion of the songs, leaving the rest as raw as the day they were written. The ‘modern toys’ never manage to get in the way of the songs or Tim’s well-worn vintage sound, allowing him to deliver, as he calls it, a true ‘Blues/Americana/Groove’ experience.”
To the Promoter…
While Tim is no stranger to club and festival stages, it’s worth a mention that he also enjoys house concerts and busking. As a result, he has built a completely portable, battery operated rig. The solo show can (and has) been brought to the streets, markets, back gardens, and lavish estates. Wherever you need the music, that’s where Tim can put it!
Thank you for taking the time to have a listen and a look. We look forward to doing our part in making your event a memorable success.
Blues Revue – Review
“…lays back like a long swing in a cool hammock on a hot, breezy day.”
“…assuredly somebody with something to say and a new way to say it.”
Echo Magazine – Cover Story
“…that sweet mix of warm drive and cocky treble that defines the Tim Lee sound.”
“Whether he’s emitting humorous rooster squawks from the belly of that guitar, seamless blues phrases from it’s strings, or bellowing something about someone doing him wrong, he is always a showman and always rocks.”
See Magazine – Review
“…has learned his blue lessons well, getting early inspiration from Mel Brown before apprenticing with the likes of Russell Jackson and Sam Cockrell.”
“…presents a good mix of originals and covers, some fine playing and a selection of material that touches a lot of blues bases.”
Echo Magazine – Review
“…proves he can step out of standard blues renditions and mark his own territory.”
The solo show has a couple different configurations but generally, we will need:
- 1 line to Tim’s guitar rig D.I.
- 1 line to the kick drum sampler D.I.
- 1 vocal mic/line and stand
- 1 monitor mix
- 230v mains power to the guitar amp
Tim also needs a sturdy wooden kitchen chair with no arms, and, if stage space allows, a small table. Depending on travel arrangements, Tim isn’t always able to bring his own and they would need to be supplied by the venue. In a pinch, a chair-height, sturdy road case and/or stool will be fine.
Tim generally brings his own mic, either an AKG 535 or a Shure Beta 58.