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Archie Lee's songs recall the melodies, the attitudes and the roots of
his life. Archie, who was born in Inverness, Mississippi later moved to
Memphis, Tennessee. The bright lights and unique sounds of the city
captured his imagination. As a teenager, Archie attended church and
sang in the choir and also formed the gospel group, The Marvelous
Five. The group sang in churches in and around Memphis, as well as
New Orleans, Louisiana.
Archie's next stop on his musical journey was California. There he
joined his uncle, the legendary John Lee Hooker, doing live
performances. In 1995, Archie Lee toured Europe for the first time.
His live performance at the Castlebar Blues Festival in Ireland
electrified the audience. His first CD, Suicide Blues was recorded
there with Carl Wyatt
and the Rhythm Kings. This project revealed
Archie's gift for song writing and an understated vocal style all his
own. Archie Lee's vision creates songs that have classic familiarity
and groundbreaking qualities that move the listeners to yearn for
Far From Home, Archie's second CD by the Archie Lee Hooker, Jr.
/Shawn Gonzales Band is a blend of American roots Blues and world
beat influences, which takes listeners on a delightful journey through
new musical territory.
( Archie & Shawn pictured left. )
the third CD from Archie Lee Hooker Jr.
and the Blues for Hire Band, is a compilation from his previous
releases featuring the unique artistry of Carl Wyatt on Delta Slide Guiter.
As you listen to Archie sing, you'll notice that each song
tells a story. Archie puts his feelings and emotions into each song &
when you hear
him sing, you will understand his roots, the kind of life he lived
and where he is now. You may shed a few tears, or you
may even dance a few steps; but believe me, no matter what you do,
you will want more.
is Archie Lee's newest CD. Released in early 2002, this
dance CD also includes the last live recording by his uncle, the
late great John Lee Hooker. The Album was popular locally but gained wide attention after reviews turned up in genre-specific trade magazines and the songs gained admiration from blues programmers all over the U.S.
The Coast to Coast Blues Band provides lively accompaniment to Archie's
unique style of vocals. Before you know it, foot
tapping may lead to out and out dancing!
Through most of 2005 Archie Lee Hooker Jr. joined his talent with
the Ooozie Blues Show
which has become
the most popular band for traditional blues venues in Southern
California. The inspiration for
the Show came to Bassist Norman Pingrey.
Norman called upon the vast pool of talented
Blues Veterans in the SoCal area to form an excitng platform which varies from a solid
Blues Band to an outbursting
Blues Allstar blast. Archie Lee Hooker Jr. and Norman Pingrey
became acquainted while performing with the original Boogieman ,
Hooker. They then toured Europe together in 1995. Some brief Oozie bios are included in the Artist Information Pages of our
which features some clips from
their early albums, "The Oozie Blues" & "L.A Groove."
In the Fall of 2005 Archie returned to the San Francisco Bay Area and to his classic high energy Boogieman performance style. Guitarist Mark Benedetti & drummer Dave Harper provided precise
driving rhythms for the dance. Performances featured Archie Lee Hooker Jr. originals and songs
reprised from the lively works of uncles
John Lee Hooker
& Earl Hooker
Archie's European tours with Carl Wyatt included stops where
Live & InStudio Videos
were produced capturing some of their performances from 1997 through 2013.