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The Lee Boys


The Lee Boys are an African-American family gospel group from the Miami, Florida area. They play and sing in the House of God tradition, where the moaning, screaming and crying sound of the electric steel guitar reins supreme. Popularly known today as “Sacred Steel Style of Music,” the House of God tradition dates back to the 1930s when brothers Willie and Troman Eason introduced the instrument to the church’s music-driven, celebratory worship services. The Lee family boasts three generations of compelling steel guitarists. The band members have all been making music in church since they were seven or eight years of age.

The Lee Boys include: leader Alvin, brother Keith, and youngest brother Derrick. Rounding out the group are cousins Roosevelt Collier, Earl Walker, and “Little Alvin” Cordy.

The group has performed in a variety of venues ranging from intimate club settings to large festival stages, from the U.S. to Canada, to Switzerland.

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Video 8/18/2015: Lee Boys

One of America’s finest African American sacred steel ensembles, performs a unique form of Gospel music with a hard-driving, blues-based beat. Consisting of brothers Alvin Lee (guitar), Derrick Lee and Keith Lee (vocals), along with their three nephews—Roosevelt Collier (pedal steel guitar), Alvin Cordy Jr. (7-string bass), and Earl Walker (drums)—they are based out of Miami, Florida.

The Lee Boys