[11 May 2010]
In 1982, Bryan Lee left Wisconsin heading south. Eventually, the itinerant blues singer and guitarist wound up in New Orleans’s famous French Quarter, where he earned his dues on Bourbon Street playing in clubs up to six nights a week, including a 15-year residency at the Old Absinthe House. Since then, as if that arduous schedule wasn’t enough, Lee, aka the Braille Blues Daddy, (by the age of eight he’d lost his sight) has cut 11 albums, not including a greatest-hits collection, for the Canadian label Justin Time.
His twelfth, My Lady Don’t Love My Lady, finds Lee in great form as his high, keening blues wail and greasy fretwork lead a stellar line-up through a mix of sultry sax-and-piano-driven good-time Crescent City R&B (Doc Pomus and Dr. John’s “Imitation of Love”), lowdown electric Chicago blues, (Junior Well’s “Early In the Morning”), and a loping funky original title track. Produced by Duke Robillard, who also guests on guitar alongside other blues luminaries such as Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, this is another top class set from a tireless performer.