Blues legend Albert Collins is his first cousin (although it wasn’t until ‘74 that Lee met him) and you can hear the family influence in Lee’s fluid guitar style and tone. My daddy’s brother had a lot of kids out there in Texas. I never met them as a child, but we all knew of each other. When Albert came to Milwaukee I showed him around and we did some gigs together.
Every time he came to town we would go out and eat supper together, he was a good friend to me. .. In October of 2003 Lee called Music Maker and announced that he was coming to NC to make a MMRF CD. Tim Duffy, MMRF president, asked Lee to travel to Alabama to record with producer/drummer Ardie Dean.
Two days later, Lee caught a Greyhound to Huntsville. Missing a layover in Nashville, Lee arrived early in the morning, went straight to the studio with Ardie and proclaimed the record done in three hours. One must rejoice in the “happening” of Lee’s first CD, 'Lee Gates & the Alabama Cotton Kings', with MMRF, especially the glorious tone of his guitar. After performing for 52 years, Lee has finally started his recording career.
Since his first album with Music Maker, Lee has recorded two more albums, 'Black Lucy’s Deuce' & 'Touring with Lucy', released in September of 2009. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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