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The Lee Boys’ Triumphant Return to Skipper’s Smokehouse

The Lee Boys’ Triumphant Return to Skipper’s Smokehouse By Scott Hopkins on June 27, 2022 It had been a lot more than a hot minute since the beloved Lee Boys had graced the stage at Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa, site of numerous incendiary shows by one of the premier sacred steel bands in the nation. The South Florida crew had put together a tour all around Florida, the first four shows with Melody Trucks. The Lee Boys were opening for blues slinger Selwyn Birchwood on a drizzly Friday night, June 24. We had a chance to catch up with them briefly before the show. Our first question was checking on brother Keith Lee, who is at home recovering nicely. It is hoped he...

The Lee Boys at Bo Diddley Concert

25 bands performing at Bo Diddley Plaza at Free Fridays Concert Series for entire family Aida Mallard The Gainesville Sun The lineup of performers for the Free Friday Concert Series at Bo Diddley Plaza ranges from music more familiar to Boomers all the way to today's hip hop, and a bit of sacred steel from the African-American gospel tradition. Nigel Hamm, Bo Diddley Plaza coordinator, said the headliner for this year's series, that began May 6 and runs through Oct. 21, is "The Leeboys," a nationally known group based in Miami that plays a mix of gospel and soul. The national headliner is The Leeboys Band, based out of Miami. Band leader Alvin Lee says their sound is called...

The Lee Boys; Recipients of the Florida Folk Heritage Award

Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee Announces Florida Folk Heritage Award Recipients TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Today, Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee announced the selection of recipients of the Florida Folk Heritage Award. “We are honored to recognize these individuals for their commitment to fostering Florida’s folk arts and cultural heritage,” said Secretary Lee. “Their contributions have led to a greater appreciation and recognition of the importance of traditional arts and artists in our state.” Established in 1985, the program is modeled after the National Heritage Fellowships. The Florida Folk Heritage Award honors individuals whose knowledge of and efforts on behalf of Florida folk arts, folklore and folklife have advanced the appreciation and conservation of Florida's dynamic folk cultural heritage...

Philadelphia Folksong Society

The Lee Boys are one of America's finest African-American sacred steel ensembles. This family group consists of three 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). Each member began making music at the ages of 7 and 8 in the House of God church they attended in Perrine, FL. Here they underwent a rigorous course of training in a variety of musical instruments, including lap and pedal steel guitars. Born and raised in Miami, each of The Lee Boys grew up in the church where their father and grandfather, Rev. Robert...

Lee Boys at The Kennedy Center

The Lee Boys, are one of America 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...

HistoryMiami Museum

The Lee Boys are one of America’s most celebrated sacred steel ensembles, specializing in a little-known African American gospel music tradition thriving in South Florida. This tradition features lap and pedal steel guitars, a type of guitar played with a bar or slide called a “steel.” From Perrine, FL, this family group consists of two generations of musicians, all of whom grew up in the House of God Church where their father and grandfather performed this tradition. These artists have thrilled audiences worldwide with their sacred sounds, performing alongside musicians such as The Allman Brothers Band, Los Lobos, and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Read more at https://www.historymiami.org/folklifecenter/artist-in-residence/the-lee-boys/...