Lee J Hodgson was born and raised in Essex, UK. Although known as a country guitarist and singer, Lee has in fact played most styles of music, having played jazz-flavoured gigs since the 80s and a lot of pop gigs too, including tours with No. 1 chart act, Odyssey, in 1980–81. While touring with another chart act, Bobby Thurston, Lee had the opportunity to jam with Stevie Wonder's Wonderlove.
Performing is his passion!
Lee Hodgson has played thousands of concerts and festivals including some of London's most prestigious venues such as Wembley Arena, The Royal Albert Hall, The Jazz Café and the O2 Islington.
Being a music "reader", Lee has worked on many touring theatre productions and continues to perform with some of the UK's top musicians in a variety of bands including Paul Da Vinci's 60s-70s Explosion and Ray C & the Game, while occasionally performing as a duo with Rita B or as the Lee J Duo. He also does the occasional solo gig, singing, while including popular guitar instrumentals, too. Lee also sings lead vocals, plus harmonies, with one of the UK's most popular country bands, Memphis Roots (which he co-founded and performed with 1987–2001, and which reformed in 2018), which occasionally backs Texan fiddle player, John Permenter.
Lee is also a renowned guitar teacher, having taught at London's Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) since 1990. He has authored a book, Hot Country, and his monthly columns and transcriptions were featured in Guitarist and Guitar Techniques magazines for over 10 years. Lee is a featured tutor on many DVD/ streaming tutorials for Lick Library and JTC. Lee's video interviews with guitar legends such as Hank Marvin, Albert Lee, Richard Thompson and Jerry Donahue have featured in an online publication, Guitar Interactive.
Lee's exciting new group, Lee Hodgson's Infinities aka LHI, plays Latin-tinged smooth (contemporary) jazz.
Lee Hodgson endorses:
Fret-King guitars – https://fret-king.com
Wilkinson guitars & hardware – https://reverb.com/uk/shop/wilkinson-direct
Ernie Ball strings – https://ernieball.co.uk/guitar-strings/electric-guitar-strings