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Showing posts with label Live On The East Coast. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Live On The East Coast. Show all posts

Friday, May 24, 2019

MC Records artist: The Lee Boys - Live On The East Coast - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Live On The East Coast, from the Lee Boys and it's terrific! Opening with funk laden spiritual track, In The Morning, Derrick and Keith Lee on lead vocal, Alvin Lee on guitar, Chris Johnson on screaming pedal steel, Alvin Cordy Jr, on funky bass and Earl Walker on drums. Excellent opener! On blues shuffle, Don't Let The Devil Ride, the band really gets humming with Johnson really winding it up. This band is tight. On classic R&B track, I'll Take You There, Derrick and Keith really get into a nice groove with a solid bottom by Cordy who also takes a nice walk of his own, leading to an extended guitar jam. Very nice. Alvin lays in some real nice riffs under the nicely harmonizing vocals of Derrick and Keith. Rick Lollar on lead guitar gives Testify a little smoke over a simmering hot vocal lead and driving bass runs of Cordy and of course the ever present pedal soloing of Johnson. Very cool! Wrapping the release is blues classic, You Got To Move done with strong gospel lines over a rock beat. Derrick and Keith sing in harmony and with a driving beat and with a flurry of guitar by Alvin and the addition of Isaac Corbett on harmonica this is a solid closer for a super release. 

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

New Live Lee Boys Coming April 19!

 The Lee Boys Live On The East Coast Coming April 19!
One of America's Top Sacred Steel Bands
Northport NY - M.C. Records is proud to announce the signing of Sacred Steel sensation, The Lee Boys. The band's first recording for the label, Live On The East Coast will be released on April 19 worldwide. This marks the bands first release since 2012's Testify. This album presents live performances recorded at three 2018 concerts:  Rives Theater, Martinsville, Virginia, Suwannee Roots Festival in Live Oak Florida and Allan Laws "Thanksgathering" in Winston Salem North Carolina. Throughout Live On The East Coast you'll hear the band's unique gumbo of soul, funk, blues and R&B.  Several songs have never appeared on any previous Lee Boys' release. Click the cover to check out two tracks from the upcoming album via a private Soundcloud link. 
The Lee Boys have been bringing their joyful noise around world for over 10 years. The band has performed in Canada, Switzerland, France, and Thailand. In the U.S., The Lee Boys have played some of the most important Festivals in the U.S.  including The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival twice, most recently in 2018. They have also performed at Memphis in May, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Telluride Blues and Brews, The Philadelphia Folk Festival and Merle Fest. The Lee Boys have performed on the syndicated radio programs, E-Town and Mountain Stage and the always fun, Jam in the Van. 
       Screen Shot 2018-12-13 at 10.51.46 AM.png       Screen Shot 2018-12-13 at 10.52.03 AM.png                                     The Lee Boys at Suwanne Roots Festival October 2018 - Photos by Stuart K.Cowan
"Audience members danced in the aisles, jumped up and down and waved their arms to the mounting melody.”                                  USA-Today review of the band at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
“The band’s dexterity with multiple genres is its strongest point; it combines folk, soul, funk, blues, country and gospel into upbeat, steel guitar-led performances that can’t help but inspire secular and sacred revelry.”  Billboard
Today, the Lee Boys band is Alvin Lee; guitar, backup vocal and band leader; Keith Lee, lead vocal; Derrick Lee, lead vocal; their nephew Alvin “Little Al” Cordy, Jr., six-string bass, lead and backup vocal; nephew Earl “Big Easy” Walker, drums; and Chris Johnson, pedal-steel guitar.  Born into a family of Pentecostal church musicians and thoroughly familiar with House of God music, Alvin is dedicated to continuing the Lee Boys reputation of playing eclectic, soulful music that incorporates elements of rock, country, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, funk and more—always with that unmistakable Lee Boys sound.

The Lee Boys on Tour  - Contact: Blue Mountain Artists - ,
03/09/19 - Miami, FL - The Wynwood Yard - Address: 56 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127.
03/23/19 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - America’s Backyard -  Address: 100 SW 3rd Ave. Venue phone
04/05/19 - Jupiter, FL, FL - PALM BEACH Seafood & Music Festival - 1200 Town Center Dr. 
04/06/19 - St. Augustine, FL - Prohibition Kitchen -  Address: 119  St. George St 
04/07/19 - Jacksonville Beach, Florida - Springing the Blues - Oceanfront SeaWalk Plaza First St.. 
05/11/19 - Tallahassee, FL - Bradford Blues Club - Address: 7152 Moses Ln. 
05/24/19 - 05/26/19 - White Springs, Florida - Florida Folk Festival - Address: 11016 Lillian Saunders Dr. 
08/17/19 - 08/18/19 - Shwenksville, PA - Philadelphia Folk Festival