Not to be confused with the southern Minnesota town (or Ten Years After guitarist Alvin Lee), veteran English guitarist Albert Lee is a high-caliber virtuoso who ranks right up there alongside his friend and sometimes colleague Eric Clapton. Much of Lee's reputation, however, is based on his work in country music, which took off after a notable late-'70s stint with Emmylou Harris's Hot Band. He had played R&B and rockabilly in England, and was a member of the country-leaning Heads Hands & Feet. While working with an eclectic array of artists (Jerry Lee Lewis, the Everly Brothers, Joe Cocker, Jackson Browne, Bo Diddley), Lee became an in-demand session player in Nashville and L.A., also issuing a string of well-received but low-profile solo albums. Working with a band called Hogan's Heroes, Lee was in prime form on 2008's Like This, picking prodigiously on guitar and mandolin, his voice fine and supple, and showing off his impeccable taste with covers of the likes of Ray Charles, Charlie Rich, Delbert McClinton, and Little Feat. On tour he'll be backed by session vets Jeff Alan Ross on keyboards, bassist Will MacGregor, and drummer Jason Harrison Smith. $30, 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7 p.m. Starts: Aug. 29. Continues through Aug. 30, 2012