Charley Lee (referred to by his close friends as simply “the Rev’rend”) plays an assortment of stringed instruments, including guitar, mandolin, banjo, slide guitar, and harmonica and kazoo, as well. All while his feet keep a percussive beat on an old wooden soda pop crate.
Lee, who grew up in Memphis, TN, during the 1950’s and 60’s lists as great influences on his music early performers such as Jim Jackson, Son House, Furry Lewis, Sleepy John Estes, Blind Blake, Tampa Red, Bo Carter, Gus Cannon, Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson, and Muddy Waters, as well as more contemporary performers like Lovin’ Spoonful, John Fahey, Ry Cooder, and Leon Redbone among many others. “You can also throw in jazz greats like Jelly Roll Morton and Fats Waller, but I was very much influenced in the early 60’s by the folk & blues revival,” says Lee. “And, of course, how could you grow up in Memphis and not be influenced by the Big E!”