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November 05, 2016
November 05 , 2016
Lee will perform with Michelle for the Girlfriend Getaway Weekend at the Deehurst Resort, in Huntsville, ON

September 24, 2016
September 24, 2016
Lee performed with Michelle at the Carp Fair, in Carp, ON

August 21, 2016
August 21, 2016
Lee performed with Michelle at the Vancouver Island Exhibition in Nanimo, BC

May 15, 2016
May 15, 2016
Lee performed with Michelle at Dakota Dunes Casino in Saskatoon, SK

May 14, 2016
May 14, 2016
Lee performed with Michelle at Casino Regina in Regina, SK

May 13, 2016
May 13, 2016
Lee performed with Michelle at the Gold Eagle Casino in North Battleford, SK

April 08, 2016
April 08, 2016
Lee performed with Michelle at Lakeland College in Lloydminster, AB

January 30, 2016
January 30, 2016
Lee will be performing a very special show with Miracle Whip at The Cadillac Lounge, in Toronto.
The band features Mike Andrechuk on guitar, Jennifer Lewis on bass, and drummer James van Bolhuis.
Headlining the evening will be punk legend Cheetah Chrome of The Dead Boys and Rocket From The Tombs fame.
Also featured on the bill are The Shanks.
This promises to be a big night!

November 13, 2015
November 13, 2015
Lee will be playing with Michelle at the beautiful Charles W. Stockey Centre in Parry Sound, Ontario.
The band will include Scott Bernard on guitar, Jay Tooke on drums, and legendary Canadian bass player John Dymond

July 31, 2015
July 31, 2015
Lee will be playing with Michelle at Summer in the Park in North Bay, Ontario.
Stay tuned for more details.
Click on the image at left for more tour dates!

June 12, 2015
June 12, 2015
Lee will be playing with Michelle in Windsor, Ontario at the Riverfront Festival Plaza.
Stay tuned for more details.
Click on the image at left for more tour dates!

June 10, 2015
June 10, 2015
Michelle Wright will host a party for some of her devoted fans at the Wildhorse Saloon, in Nashville.
The intimate get together will include an acoustic performance, featuring some of her hits, along with a few new songs from her latest album, STRONG.
The party coincides with the annual CMA Music Festival, which attracts a huge influx of country music fans from around the world, in the first week of June.
Lee will be accompanying Michelle, along with band mates Adam Scott-Wakefield and Tyler Powers.

March 20, 2015
March 20, 2015
Lee played with Miracle Whip at The Cadillac Lounge, in Toronto.
The band, featuring Mike Andrechuk on guitar, Jennifer Lewis on bass, drummer James van Bolhuis, and Lee, draws on a wide variety of influences, from Punk and Glam rock to old school R'n'B and Soul.
Miracle Whip
also focus on original songs, which have a decidedly power pop sound.
Joining Miracle Whip at this show was the David Celia trio.

January 30, 2015
January 30 , 2015
Lee played at the Seneca Casino in Niagara Falls, NY with Michelle Wright.
The band included Adam Scott-Wakefield on piano and organ, newcomer Tyler Powers on guitar, drummer Jay Tooke and Sean Power on bass.
Michelle put on a great show, to a full house.
Click on the image at left for more tour dates!

December 19, 2014
December 19, 2014
Lee will be playing a show with Miracle Whip at The Sister, in Toronto on December 19, 2014.
The band, featuring Mike Andrechuk on guitar, Jennifer Lewis on bass, drummer James van Bolhuis, and Lee, draws on a wide variety of influences, from Punk and Glam rock to old school R'n'B and Soul.
Miracle Whip
also focus on original songs, which have a decidedly power pop sound.
Joining Miracle Whip at this show will be local rockers Punching Nuns.

November 28, 2014
November 28, 2014
Lee played at the Century Casino in Edmonton, AB with Michelle Wright.
The band included Adam Scott-Wakefield on piano and organ, newcomer Tyler Powers on guitar, drummer Jay Tooke and Sean Power on bass.
Despite freezing temperatures, the house was full.
Michelle put on a great show, to a truly appreciative audience.
Click on the image at left for more tour dates!

August 15, 2014
August 15, 2014
It was a real blast for Lee to appear with Michelle Wright, once again, at the enormous Havelock Country Jamboree.
This mega festival features two stages, side by side, so the entertainment never stops!
Tens of thousands of fans spend the weekend camping and taking in their favourite artists.
Michelle's
old Arista Records label-mate, Alan Jackson headlined the show that evening.
Now that was a winning combination!

June 29, 2014
June 29, 2014
Michelle Wright and her band, including Lee, appeared at the Calabogie Country Music Festival.
Tho' this festival is in it's infancy, being just two years old, it managed to attract an enthusiastic crowd of fans to a beautiful countryside setting in the Ottawa Valley.
Other acts on the bill included Small Town Pistols and the wonderful Western Swing Authority.

June 26, 2014
June 26, 2014
Lee will be playing several major Summer festivals with Michelle Wright, starting with the long running Dauphin Coutryfest, in Dauphin, Manitoba, on June 26, 2014.
Set in a natural amphitheatre, this is a favourite festival date for many artists and musicians.
Click on the image at left for more tour dates!

June 13, 2014
June 13, 2014
Lee will be playing a show with Miracle Whip at The Sister, in Toronto on Friday, June 13, 2014.
It should be a great night, even for the superstitious!

June 04, 2014

June 04, 2014
Michelle Wright
hosted a party for some of her devoted fans at the Wildhorse Saloon, in Nashville.
The intimate get together included an acoustic performance, during which she sang some of her hits, along with a few new songs from her latest album, STRONG. She also played some requests from the audience.
The party coincided with the annual CMA Music Festival, which attracts a huge influx of country music fans from around the world, in the first week of June.
Accompanying Michelle on acoustic guitars, were both Lee and Scott Bernard.

May 24, 2014
May 24, 2014
Lee flew up to St. Albert, Alberta, to play the Rainmaker Festival with Michelle Wright on May 24, 2014.
The band included Lee, Scott Bernard on guitar and vocals, Jay Tooke on drums and vocals, along with new faces, Adam Scott-Wakefield on keyboards and vocals, and Sean Power on bass.
The show rocked and there was not a drop of rain, in spite of the festival's forboding name!

April 05, 2014
April 05, 2014
Lee played a show with Miracle Whip at The Sister, in Toronto on April 05, 2014.
The band, featuring Mike Andrechuk, Jennifer Lewis and James van Bolhuis, draws on a wide variety of influences, from Punk and Glam rock to old school R'n'B and Soul.
Miracle Whip have since graciously invited him to be an official band member, whenever he can make it out to their shows.
Look out for more upcoming dates!

October 24, 2013
Lee will be playing two Christmas shows with Michelle Wright at the Keyano Theatre in Fort McMurray, AB on December 16 and 17.
The band for this show will include Lee, Frank Michels, Matt Crouse, Clay Krasner and Mason Embry.

September 06, 2013
Lee will be playing the Shores Of Erie Wine Festival with Michelle Wright on
September 06, 2013 in Amherstburg, ON.
The band for this show will include Lee on electric and acoustic guitars, Frank Michels on electric and acoustic guitars and vocals, Clay Krasner on bass and vocals and Jay Tooke on drums and vocals.

Click on the image to link to the home page for the Shores Of Erie Wine Festival.

July 06, 2013
Michelle Wright has invited Lee to play the Cavendish Beach Music Festival with her on
July 06, 2013 in Cavendish, P.E.I.
This should be a fun show!

Click on the image to link to the home page for the Cavendish Beach Music Festival.

April 27, 2013
Lee will be lending his support at the Country Music Marathon on April 27, 2013 in Nashville, playing on stage with his pals Dutch, Michael Freeman and Mark Mingrone.
It means an early start to the day for the band, but it's always a feel good event.

Unfortunately, due to constant rain, live entertainment was cancelled, tho' the marathon continued.

January 05, 2013
Lee jammed with his friends, Miracle Whip at the El Mocambo, a legendary music venue in Toronto on January 05th, 2013.
The band, featuring Mike Andrechuk, Jennifer Lewis and James van Bolhuis, draws on a wide variety of influences, from Punk and Glam rock to old school R'n'B and Soul.
Together, they rocked through a couple of great tunes: 'Treat Her Right' and the classic Badfinger song 'No Matter What' (one of his all-time fav songs, by one of his all-time fav bands).
It's definitely a fun time when they play together!


September 30, 2012

Songs From The Halls Tour 2012.
Following her induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame, Michelle Wright is about to embark on a major tour.
She has enlisted Lee, once again, as band leader for the 6 week tour.
It will stop at nearly 30 venues across Canada during October and November.
For details, please click on the picture of Michelle.
    

December 03, 2011
I'm Dreaming Of A Wright Christmas 2011
December 3rd marks the opening show of Michelle's Christmas tour.
There will be 17 shows across Canada, starting in Kamloops, BC and ending in Waterloo, ON.
For details, please click on the picture of Michelle.

September 01, 2011
Janis Ian tours Europe
Lee will be travelling on more tour dates with Janis.
Beginning with a few U.S. dates in early September, the tour then moves to Europe.
There will be about 30 shows across Belgium, the Netherlands, Scotland and England, ending mid November.
For details, please click on the picture of Janis.

February 11, 2011
Janis Ian tours the U.S.
Janis
has invited Lee along on another run of U.S. tour dates.
This extensive trip will begin early March and continue through until the end of April.
For details, please click on the picture of Janis.

February 19, 2011

Miracle Whip
Last night, Lee 'sat in' with Miracle Whip at Mitzi's Sister, a hip venue on Queen Street West in Toronto.
The band, featuring Mike Andrechuk, English Nigel, Jennifer Lewis and James van Bolhuis, draws on a wide variety of influences, from Punk and Glam rock to old school R'n'B and Soul.
Lee joined them for a wild romp through the classics 'Treat Her Right' and 'Baby Please Don't Go'.
It seems a good time was had by all!
    

February 12, 2011

Tupelo Jane
Lee will be playing a Country Radio Seminar showcase in Nashville, with Tupelo Jane on Wednesday, March 02, 2011, at The Rutledge.
Tupelo Jane guitarist Shaun Bayles asked Lee to play acoustic guitar and pedal steel on the upcoming date, which will feature some of Nashville's brightest talent.
(click on the image at left for details).
Pictures to follow ...

February 11, 2011

Janis Ian
Janis Ian has invited Lee along on another run of U.S. tour dates.
This extensive trip will begin early March and continue through until the end of April.
For details, please click on the picture of Janis.
  
   
  

December 20, 2010
Lee recently played on a new Nashville based progressive rock recording.
The project, UltraViolet Daydream - Redshift, is spearheaded by friend and collaborator Dutch.
Utilizing Pedal Steel, Lap Steel, 12 string Electric, 6 string Electric, Electric Sitar (!) and EBow, Lee added some 'ear candy' to the complex musical stew which is now in the final stages of production.
Stylistically, this is quite a departure for Lee, but an interesting experience which allowed him great freedom to experiment with tones and sonic textures.
Contributing players include: Dutch, Mark Mingrone and Jeff Brown.

May 08, 2010

Nashville show
Lee has been invited to play the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville on June 23rd.
He'll be performing with his friend and long time music collaborator, Dutch.
The show will also feature another pal, Stephen Masucci with his band, The Lost Patrol, from New York City.
* Click the image to view details.
  

May 03, 2010

Nashville flood

On returning from a successful Janis Ian tour, Lee found Nashville suffering from a disastrous flood.
Tragically, many lives were lost and the damage to property was overwhelming, counted in billions of dollars.
* Please click on the image to go to the pictures page.
  
   

April 07, 2010

Janis Ian
While waiting for show dates to begin, Lee has accepted an offer to merchandise a one month tour with songwriting legend Janis Ian.
"I was approached by mutual friend Jan Elliott to assist with merchandise on a short run with Janis. It sounded liked a good opportunity, while things were otherwise quiet, so I signed on!"
* Click the image of Janis to view details.
   

• November 26, 2009
En route to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan yesterday, the tour bus suffered a blown rear tire.
Fortunately, help arrived quickly. The entire wheel was removed and taken away to be repaired.
The bus was able to run to the venue, minus one wheel and later went to have it reinstalled.
Photos of the scene will be posted soon on the pictures page.

The show went ahead without a hitch, to a full house of beaming faces.
People were definitely in the Christmas spirit.

Driving back to the hotel after the show, a herd of deer ran in front of the tour bus.
The driver managed to avoid them, but not without a screech of brakes, throwing one of the crew members violently across the room.
A REALLY scary experience on a bus.
Happily, crew member Kyle Miller was shaken but not hurt.
These are the trials and tribulations of life on the road!

November 25, 2009
Due to a long delay at the Canadian border (no one said it was closed from midnight to 7:30am!), the bus arrived way behind schedule into Yorkton, Saskatchewan yesterday.
Crew and band doubled their efforts to pull everything together in record time, and the show went on to a great reception.
One down 22 to go!

November 22, 2009

Lee
departs tonight for the 2009 Michelle Wright Christmas Tour.
There are 23 shows across Western Canada ranging from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Vancouver Island, Brithish Columbia and many points in between.
To view the dates, please click on the shows link at left or below.

The band line up for this tour includes Matt Crouse on drums, Clint Parris on keyboards and Lee's long time friend Frank Michels on guitar, fiddle and mandolin.

• Spring into Summer 2009
Shows included a trip to Scotland and a 5 day junket to France, which was awesome!
There are some pictures posted on the site, with more to follow.
Please click on the pictures link ...

• December 12, 2008


Today was off to an early start:
The band had a scheduled appearance on CTV's Canada AM show.
This is a nationally broadcast daily television show, much like Good Morning America.
Despite playing a show in St.Catharines, Ontario the night before and having a 6:00am studio call, Michelle and the band pulled together a great performance.
They played 'I know Santa's been here' live to air.
It's a really fun song with a Western Swing feel which was written by Canadian artist Patricia Conroy.
Next they video taped 'Rudolf the red nosed reindeer' for broadcast at a later date.
Later that evening, Michelle and the band performed at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. That made for one long day!
    

   
• December 01, 2008
Lee is about to leave on tour with Michelle Wright once again.
The 'I'm Dreaming Of A Wright Christmas' tour runs from Dec 03 - 19 inclusive and criss crosses Ontario, Canada.
There will be 16 concerts and likely some promotional appearances on network television.
In addition to Lee and guitar player Shaun Bayles, the band features 2 new members:
Matt Crouse on drums and Clint Parris on keyboards and vocals.
They're both great musicians and really cool guys to work and hang out with.
Recent rehearsals have revealed great chemistry and renewed energy between Michelle and the revamped band.
This should make for a fun time!

Here's a picture of the bus and trailer for this tour, from Star Coach in Atlanta, Georgia. (The driver's name is Bones!).
On another note, there are rumours of European tour dates in 2009 ... stay tuned for details.

• November 07, 2008
Replacement gear ...
In the quest to replace his beloved "Sparky", Lee sought help from the great folks at Gibson/Epiphone.
Now he has a wonderful new guitar to debut on the 2008 Michelle Wright Christmas Tour.
Knowing that it would be hard to truly replace Sparky, he chose an Antique White SG Custom style guitar.
Pictures to follow.
Lee also got a new amplifier: an Epiphone Valve Junior.
These are a 'must have' for the recording studio.
Note to the guitar and audio nerds: it's 5 watts of pure Class A power in a beautiful boutique style package!
Thanks for all the help Codey!

• August 21, 2008
Stolen equipment ...
On the night of August 17 or early on August 18, Lee had much of his stage gear stolen from a vehicle in Barrie, Ontario.

Please click on this link for pictures and details.

• Summer rolls into fall ...
Michelle finshed the Summer season with a run of shows that included venues in Ontario and Nova Scotia.
Old friend and ex bandmate Michael Freeman was enlisted to play bass in Sydney, Nova Scotia, as Joe was unavailable.
A big thank you and shout out to Michael.
He did a fantastic job -- it was as though he'd never left!

February 02, 2008
A good time was had by all

Feb 02/2008 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
with Michelle Wright.

• A change of the guard ...
On a sad note, two close friends recently left
the Michelle Wright band: Dan Nadasdi has
decided to leave the road behind in favour of
raising sons Taggart and Hudson, along
with wife Rhonda.
Drummer Rick Marks left the band to pursue
other opportunities - most likely in the sun!
Both of these guys will be greatly missed.
   

• A beautiful new guitar for Lee
Long time friend, musician and luthier, John Loomer is crafting one of his fine acoustic guitars for Lee.
It's an OM style and promises to be a treasured instrument.
On a recent trip to Toronto, Lee had an opportunity to play a couple of John's guitars and was thoroughly impressed by the sound, feel and finish.
John takes great care to build an instrument that he can be proud of, knowing that it will bring years of pleasure in the hands of those fortunate enough to own one.


• Matt Crouse rocks the Soo!
To fill the drum chair on a recent Michelle Wright show,
Lee called on friend and ace Nashville based drummer
Matt Crouse.
They played the Bon Soo Festival in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario at the Steelback Arena.
Matt is the same great player that Lee chose to play on the Leanne Douglas cd Under The Covers.
• Other news items
We've begun adding images to the pictures page
    Please check them out via the pictures link!
New pictures added to Lee's myspace page!
    Please go there and check them out.
    There are links on this page to take you there.
Lee's brother Roy now has a myspace page.
    We will post the address once his site is ready.
    Roy was the inspiration for Lee to begin playing!
Please let us know if you find any glaring errors or have     difficulties with the site.
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