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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. 

Thanks so much! For the list of all nominations, and a summery of voting and the BB awards show, see Rick Bowen's excellent  announcement: WBS 2014 Best of the Blues Nominees

 

 
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!
 
Our good buddy, "Bear" Drury has been shooting lots of great photos from our recent shows! He has graciously given us permission to post some on our Photos Page. Click the link to check them out! Thanks 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.