Bryan Lee - 2 albums: Bryan Lee\'s Greatest Hits / Memphis Bound MP3/Flac

Like so many other musicians in New Orleans, guitarist, singer and songwriter Bryan Lee came to the Crescent City from somewhere else. But he's been carefully honing and refining his craft in Crescent City bars for so many years now, he's considered a New Orleans institution. He's played at 25 of the prestigious New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festivals, and marked his 25th year at the spring time festival in 2009. Blind since the age of eight, like many blind people, Lee has a heightened sense of hearing. He's a master at ensemble playing and knows how to read an audience.

Lee was born Bryan Lee Kumbalek in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. In his youth, he listened to clear channel station WLAC in Nashville, and had an experience similar to that of Angela Strehli, who was growing up roughly the same time, but in Lubbock, in west Texas. He listened each evening and became enamored with the sounds of Muddy Waters, Elmore James, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf and others. Like Strehli, Jimmie Vaughan, Doyle Bramhall Sr. and so many other "white kids from the suburbs," Lee didn't see any color, he just loved the music, the poetry of the lyrics and the art form.

By the time he was 15, he was playing guitar in a variety of rock and blues-rock bands and in his late teens he befriended guitar slinger Luther Allison, who played many of the same Wisconsin clubs Lee was playing in. By 1981, Lee and his band had the chance to open for Muddy Waters at Summerfest in Milwaukee. Lee and Waters talked in the dressing room, and Lee told Waters how honored he was to be opening for a legend like Waters. Waters gave Lee some inspiration: "Bryan, my friend, don't stop what you're doing, because one day you're going to be a living legend." ~Richard Skelly

Album: Bryan Lee's Greatest Hits
Bitrate: 320K/s
Time: 70:34
Size: 161.5 MB
Label: Real To Reel
Styles: Justin Time
Year: 2003
Art: Front

[4:49] 1. Memphis Bound
[4:52] 2. Waiting On Ice
[5:19] 3. Louisiana Woman
[6:41] 4. Key To The Highway
[3:05] 5. You Better Believe It
[3:46] 6. Heat Seeking Missle
[8:36] 7. It Hurts Me Too
[3:25] 8. Beautician Blues
[5:56] 9. Noize With The Boyz
[4:45] 10. Naples, FLA
[4:22] 11. Sinking Fast
[5:32] 12. Let Me Down Easy
[9:21] 13. I'll Play The Blues For You

Bryan Lee (vocals, guitar); Frank Marino, Kenny Wayne Shepherd (guitar); Cadillac Pete Rahn, Jody Golick, Billy Flynn, Jesse Williams.

Bryan Lee's Greatest Hits

Album: Memphis Bound
Bitrate: 320K/s
Time: 59:33
Size: 136.3 MB
Label: Justin Time
Styles: Modern electric blues
Year: 1993
Art: Front

[4:51] 1. Memphis Bound
[8:17] 2. I'll Play the Blues for You
[5:26] 3. Welfare Woman
[4:04] 4. Blues Every Morning
[5:08] 5. My Brains is Gone
[3:54] 6. Spinning 'Round
[4:24] 7. Sinking Fast
[3:02] 8. Automobile Blues
[4:04] 9. Doggin' Down Blues
[4:25] 10. Natural Ball
[3:37] 11. Little Red Rooster
[8:16] 12. Blues for Mr. Brown

All songs written by Bryan Lee except "Natural Ball", "I'll Play The Blues For You" (Albert King), and "Little Red Rooster" (Willie Dixon).

Bryan Lee (vocals, guitar); Ward Smith (saxophone); Eugene Carrier (piano, organ); Piano Willie O'Shawny (piano); Al Arthur (acoustic bass, electric bass); Larry Williams (drums).

Memphis Bound