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The Lee Boys


The Lee Boys, are one of America’s finest “sacred steel” ensembles, this family group consists of three brothers, Alvin Lee (guitar), Derrick Lee and Keith Lee (vocals) along with their nephews, Alvin Cordy Jr. (7-string bass), Earl Walker (drums) and Chris Johnson a young pedal steel player from Miami, has joined Lee Boys. Johnson, a huge fan of Collier's, is making quite a name for himself and has shared the stage with Anders Osborne, Warren Haynes, Robert Randolph, Eric Gales, Campbell Brothers and more.

The Lee Boys play “sacred steel,” music rooted in Gospel infused with rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, country and African music driven by the pedal steel guitar.

In the last decade, Lee Boys has for more than 750,000 music fans at festivals throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Their unique sound has attracted musical artists such as Allman Bros. Band, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Robert Randolph, Derek Trucks, Mavis Staples, Gov’t Mule, Blind Boys of Alabama, Black Crowes, John Legend and The Roots – all of whom have performed with the Lee Boys and/or invited them to tour with them. Heralded pedal steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier is often seen performing with multiple bands over the course of any given festival.
Following a blazing performance at the 2008 Bonnaroo, Lee Boys were asked to perform on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien; their rousing performance had the host jumping out of his chair and raving about the band. Lee Boys has also been the subject of a Florida PBS documentary.
Lee Boys' last CD, Testify, was released in 2012 on Evil Teen Records, a record label co-owned by Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, Allman Bros. Band). Testify is a captivating mix of gospel, rock and R&B that will surely appeal to the most discerning music fan. Guest players include: Warren Haynes on vocals and lead guitar; Jimmy Herring on lead guitar; producer/engineer/mixer Matt Grondin on electric and acoustic guitar, keyboards, backing vocals; and more.

Warren Haynes comments, “Lee Boys are high energy Gospel infused jamming. This is the real thing!”

The Lee Boys are currently working on a live Album with the multi Grammy nominated label M.C. Records that will be out in the Spring of 2019.

Driven by electrified lap steel guitar, the sound is a roiling blend of funk, blues, hip-hop and gospel shouting with a hard-driving beat. The Advocate

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Video 12/19/2018: The Lee Boys

The Lee Boys are one of the finest African American “sacred steel” ensembles. “Sacred steel” is described as an inspired, unique form of gospel music with a hard-driving, blues-based beat. The musical genre is rooted in gospel, but infused with rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, funk, Hip Hop, and country, as well as ideas from other nations.