Bryan Lee--The Braille Blues Daddy

I am so glad that it's music season again and last night we saw a hot one--Bryan Lee, an original New Orleans blues master. This is the second time he's been to the Crystal Bay at North Tahoe and we are so lucky to be able to see such a great talent here.

Brad and I accidentally discovered Bryan when we randomly bought a cd by him without really knowing anything about him. We were immediately impressed with his guitar work and his singing style--true, heartfelt blues. He is best known as the guy who mentored Kenny Wayne Shepard. And the glory of that is finally coming back to him, since the song Bryan wrote and they performed together has been at the top of the rock charts for months now.

Three years ago, Brad and I really made a pilgrimage to New Orleans especially to see him. He dedicated the song, "I Play These Blues For You," to us that night.

So last night, we were thrilled to be there in the front row, waiting for the show to start, when Bryan walked in sat down at our table and started talking to us about everything. He told us about his health problems, and the hurricane in New Orleans, what happened to his house and the city. He played two outstanding sets, in spite of limited lung capacity and the high altitude.

He will be playing in Reno tonight at the Sands (we'll be there too), Half Moon Bay, The Torch Club in Sacramento, JJ's in San Jose, and Patrick's II in San Diego soon. If you get a chance, don't miss it. The schedule is on his website.

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