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Brian Lee & the Orbiters receive two WBS 2014 "Best of the Blues" Awards!
 
The membership of the Washington Blues Society have awarded Brian Lee & the Orbiters with the 2014 "Best of the Blues" Awards for both "Blues Act" and "Little Bill & the Blue Notes Traditional Blues Act" categories. We are very honored by this recognition of our band, and also really appreciate the WBS members' support of the traditional style of blues that we love to play. All nominees in all categories are exceptionally talented and we're glad to be part of such a vibrant musical and artistic community!  Here's the Press Release listing all the award winners by category. Thank you WBS members!!!

If you aren't a WBS member, consider joining! The WBS hosts a free monthly meeting with both an acoustic opening act, and electric band. The WBS also publishes the excellent monthly "Bluesletter" with news, a calendar of performances/venues, and other great articles on the blues scene. For more on the 2014 BB awards, and the Washington Blues Society, see: https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonBluesSociety
 
 

Brian Lee & the Orbiters 
Tribute to Little Walter Jacobs and Big Walter Horton 
@ Highway 99 Blues Club, July 11, 8PM  
 

Brian Lee & the Orbiters pay tribute to two of the all-time greats of the blues harmonica: Little Walter Jacobs and Big Walter “Shakey” Horton! In the words of Muddy Waters, Little Walter “set the example for the world in harmonica playing”. Willie Dixon described Big Walter Horton as “the best harmonica player I ever heard." It would be tough to find a harp player today that doesn’t owe a big debt to both Little Walter and Big Walter! Both were virtuoso players who inventively expanded the vocabulary of the harp, and who set the standard for tough blues harp tone! 

In addition to Orbiters Brian Lee, Steve Yonck, Mark Dalton, and Russ Kammerer, to further heat up the show, the Orbiters have added the smokin’ guitar of Eric Daw. He'll be joining guitarist Steve Yonck to deliver classic two-guitar accompaniment backing Brian's harmonica for the full-tilt Chicago sound! 

We'll be playing all Little Walter and Big Walter tunes in a long tribute feature first set, then more "Walters" tunes in later sets  sprinkled in with a variety of other Orbiters originals and covers to provide some nice variety for the night. 

With cool juke joint decor, a big wood dance floor, cajun influenced menu, and plenty of seating, the Highway 99 is one of the finest clubs in the Northwest. It's been a consistent winner of the Washington Blues Society "Best of the Blues" award for best club!  Located on Seattle's waterfront, right across from the Aquarium, beneath the Highway 99 Viaduct. For more on the Highway 99 see: http://www.highwayninetynine.com

This is going to be a happening' show, so come on out!!!
 


Brian Lee & the Orbiters move to final round of SSBA "Back to Beale Street"! 

Brian Lee & the Orbiters are among the top 5 bands selected by South Sound Blues Association judges to proceed to the finals of their "Back to Beale Street" competition. The final round of competition will occur at the July 4th Tacoma Freedom Festival, and the winning band will represent the SSBA at the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge in Memphis in early 2015. Along with the Orbiters, the top five bands competing in the finals are: C.D. Woodbury, Ayron Jones and the Way, Emily Randolph and Oaklawn, and King KomBeaux. Congratulations to all the great finalist bands! Thanks so much to the SSBA for the opportunity to participate in this wonderful event! For more info see the listing on our Calendar page. 
 


Brian Lee & the Orbiters receive six 2014 "Best of the Blues" award nominations!
Thanks to the Washington Blues Society membership for nominating our band and band members for six "Best of the Blues" awards this year! We're honored to be recognized by these nominations and to be included in such great company. As a band, Brian Lee & the Orbiters are nominated for Best of the Blues awards in both the Blues Act and Traditional Blues Act categories, as well as the Blues Recording category for our new In Orbit album. Individually, Russ Kammerer is nominated in the Drums category, Hank Yanda is nominated for Bass, and Brian is nominated for Songwriter. 
 

 
New Videos of Brian Lee Trio + Jam w Billy Shew and Jeff Mason! 
 
Check out our videos page for the Brian Lee Trio performing eight original tunes on Marlee Walker's Blues To Do TV! This show was filmed at the end of 2012, and broadcast in the spring of 2013. After completing the Orbiters new "In Orbit" album release and promotion, it was time to catch up on some overdue tasks such as editing the BTD show footage into individual song videos...and here they are! Thanks to Marlee Walker for having us on her show, and for her permission to post these! In addition, check out two additional new videos posted by Billy Shew! These are of Brian, Russ, and Hank performing "Bucket of Chicken Wings" and "Going to Brownsville" with our good friends Billy Shew and Jeff Mason, at Billy's weekly Elmer's Pub jam in Feb. 2014. What a blast!  
 

New Photos!
 
Bob Cerelli attended Brian's solo performance at the North Bend Blues Walk and snapped some really fine shots, including  Rod Cook and Brian joining forces for some duo fun at the end of the evening. What a fine time it was too!!! Thanks for capturing the moment Bob!  Our good buddy, "Bear" Drury has also been shooting lots of great photos from recent shows! Bob and Bear have graciously given us permission to post some of their shots on our Photos Page. Click the link to check them out! Thanks Bob and Bear!!!
 

New Orbiters Album "In Orbit" Released!
 
Our fourth album, "In Orbit" has released on August 1, 2013.  It includes five new originals plus some favorite covers - 12 songs in all! Take a listen on our Music page!  "In Orbit" is receiving strong radio play on over 300 radio stations around the globe! It spent 16 weeks on the Roots Music Chart  for nationwide radio airplay of Washington based roots artists, with three weeks at #2.  It also hit #6 on the Blues Debut chart when it debuted in August. Downloads are available by album and by single, directly from the Music page with secure on-line payment through PayPal. On the same page, you'll also find links for Download and CD Sales through iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.
 
 


Brian Lee & the Orbiters receive WBS 2013 "Best of the Blues" Award!
 
The members of the Washington Blues Society have awarding Brian Lee & the Orbiters with the 2013 "Best of the Blues" Award for the "Little Bill & the Blue Notes Traditional Band" category! We are very honored by this recognition - especially as this category recognizes the combined efforts of all our band members, and as it has a focus on the traditional blues that we love to play! It was also especially delightful to be presented the award by Billy Stapleton - a good friend, and long time guitarist with the award's name sake traditional band- Little Bill & the Blue Notes! Thank you WBS members!!!
If you aren't a WBS member, consider joining! The WBS hosts a free monthly meeting with both an acoustic opening act, and electric band. The WBS also publishes the excellent monthly "Bluesletter" with news, a calendar of performances/venues, and other great articles on the blues scene.  For more on the WBS, see their website at www.wablues.org
 

February 2013 Washington Blues Society Bluesletter Feature Article!
 
Author Tim Maher provides an update interview with Brian Lee in the February Bluesletter,  with photos by Laddy Kite. Here's a link to the February Bluesletter issue:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/123408867/Bluesletter-February-2013

Thanks to Tim, Laddy, and to Jesse Phillips and Eric Steiner of the WBS for the coverage in the Bluesletter! 
 


"Identity Theft" hits  #15 on Living Blues Radio Chart! 
 
Our album, "Identity Theft", charted at #15 in the Living Blues Radio Charts for world-wide blues radio airplay in Feb 2012!   
 
Founded as America’s first blues publication in 1970, Living Blues magazine has set the standard for blues journalism around the world. From its first issue featuring blues legend Howlin’ Wolf on the cover, Living Blues has provided fans with insightful, in-depth stories on such legendary blues artists as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Koko Taylor, and John Lee Hooker. Living Blues is renowned for its detailed feature stories and exceptional photography.  Each issue contains the Living Blues Radio Charts, which provide the music industry with one of the most accurate compilations of playlists from blues radio programmers throughout the world.
 
Here's a link to the Living Blues Chart 
 
 
We are very grateful to the Program Directors and DJ's around the world who have chosen to air our music! And THANKS to our loyal fans for your continued support of our band and performances!
 
 

 
"Identity Theft" album hits #1 on the Roots Music Report Washington Charts!  

 
Brian Lee & the Orbiters' "Identity Theft" album placed #1 twice in the weekly Roots Music Chart  for nationwide radio airplay of Washington based roots artists. The album charted in the top 10 for a total of 15 weeks during the period of February through June, 2012.