This Sunday, Feb. 19, from 1-5 p.m., Sandbar Productions will hold a "Dock Party" at Seven Seas Bait and Tackle featuring Bryan Lee, aka,"Braille Blues Daddy."
"I encourage people to come by boat," Seven Seas Bait and Tackle owner Jim Frock said. "There's very little parking and this is a great excuse to get out on the beautiful waters of Pine Island and Matlacha."
Lee has been playing the blues around the world for over 50 years. Born March 16, 1943, in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, Lee lost his eye sight and was legally blind by the age of 8.
Brian Lee, aka, 'Braille Blues Daddy.”
At an early age, Lee had an interest in rock 'n' roll and the blues. The man known as "Braille Blues Daddy" started out playing for Midwest crowds at the 15 and by the late 1950s, Lee opened for Bill Haley & The Comets with his band "The Glaciers."
By the early 1960s and throughout the 1970s, Lee's musical interest turned to the sounds of Chicago Blues and he said he was heavily influenced by Chicago bluesmen Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Hubert Sumlin and Freddie King.
While on tour in the 1980s, Lee opened for Muddy Waters, one of his heroes. After the show, Waters told him: "Bryan, stay with this and one day you will be a living legend."
"I went home and I cried" Lee said.
In the late 1970s, Bryan fell in love with the city of New Orleans and eventually moved there in 1982. He has been a fixture of the French Quarter music scene ever since.
Lee assembled his band, the Jump Street Five, and began working at the Old Absinthe House in the French Quarter on his birthday March 16, 1983. He and the band may hold some kind of record performing 5 nights a week for over 14 years at the Old Absinthe House.
During the 1990s Lee and the Jump Street Five initiated a long recording deal with Justin Time Records. Lee recorded 13 albums over two decades.
Lee is a 2010 Grammy nominee and has performed with many of his peers over the years such as Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Freddie King, Pinetop Perkins, Albert King, Duke Robillard, Albert Collins, Michael Burks and BB King.
"Bryan Lee is one of the most amazing Blues performers I've ever seen," Frock said. "He's appearing at our dock party between performances at the Bradford Blues Club and the House of Blues. This is just a great way to have a party, use your boat and avoid the traffic. I pay for the band but donations are welcome to help defray the costs."