Lee has been described as a ferocious mix of the three Kings and Albert Collins with his own style and grace who
can approach a slow blues remenisent of the late Michael Bloomfiled. Always taking his time and squeezing every ounce out of every note.
After 13 years of touring regionally, paying his dues in PA, NJ, and NY, Delray
is on the rise in the national and international blues scene. His latest studio effort “570-BLUES”, set for release
in May of 2013, is already receiving national and international airplay. In March of 2013, Lee was invited to
headline the 4th Annual Blues Bash in Hackettstown, NJ, along with blues rock legend Johnny Winter.
Here is a little background on Delray…
Born in South Florida and raised in N.Y.C, Lee’s earliest influence to be a musician was when his dad took him to
see a Pete Seeger concert on a pier on Staten Island. That day changed his life forever. Delray officially started
playing at age 11, but soon gave it up for the drums only to return to guitar at age 14. Lee played with any and
every band that would have him through the 80’s with styles ranging from Country, Oldies, and Metal. Until late
‘89, when his long time friend and associate, Duke Lee, gave him a Muddy Waters record and told him, “This is
where all that stuff you listen to came from.” Early on, Lee was highly influenced by Muddy Waters, Alvin Lee,
Jimi Hendrix, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, and especially Buddy Holly. His later influences included Albert King,
BB King, Freddy King, Albert Collins, and the list goes on. In 1999, Lee decided to put together his first band as
a front man. Since then, there have been many incarnations of the man and the band. Many a fine player have
helped Delray evolve to where he is now as a musician and a bandleader. Lee Delray has been touring regionally
since 1999 and has played many festivals and national venues. Lee has played with, opened for, or shared the bill
with such artists as…Johnny Winter, Phil Guy, The Nutmeg Horns, Popa Chubby, Adam Nussbaum (John Schofield),
Sean Chambers (Blackfoot), Debby Hastings (Bo Diddley), Margo Lewis (Bo Diddley), Johnny Charles, Slam
Allen (James Cotton), Vito Luizzi (Johnny Winter), Eric Sardinas, and Lucky Peterson just to name a few.
Delray’s playing style is as expressive as it is in your face. It has been said thatDelray’s bag runs deep to say the
least. You will hear shades of Albert Collins, The Three Kings, and many more. Although Lee pays homage to
the past masters, for sure, he does it with his own spin and style. Vocally, he is smooth, but yet powerful. Delray
is able to go from gut bucket blues to a soulful ballad like turning the pages in a book.
A few quotes about Lee Delray…
“A guy as talented as this is bound to go places.” International recording artist, Eric Sardinas.
” Very strong player and vocalist.” Bluesleaf recording artist , Johnny Charles
“One Bad Mutha.” Slam Allen (James Cotton Band)
“Delray Rocks.” King of the New York City Blues, Popa Chubby.
“Great voice and songwriting.” Toshi Yanagi, The Jimmy Kimmel Band.
” One of the bright stars of the up and coming Blues musicians.” Dave Fields, Big City Blues magazine.
“Not only great music, but a highly entertaining interactive show. A pleasure to deal with a musician like Delray.” Robin Bacote, Robin’s Nest Rhythm & Blues, Linden, NJ
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