Lee J Hodgson was born and raised in Essex, UK. He became a professional musician in 1979. 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. On the continent Lee has played at The Benidorm Palace, Villamartin Plaza, EuroDisney and large festivals including Mirande.
Being a music "reader", Lee has worked on many touring theatre productions (currently with Maddie Cole's Step Inside The 60s) and continues to perform with some of the UK's top musicians in a variety of bands including Paul Da Vinci's 60s-70s Show, Ray Caruana & the New City Band, pop-rock function band Albatross and Latin-jazz-blues-reggae ensemble, Sofrito. Lee also performs regularly as the Lee J Duo with selected male/female duo partners. He also performs solo in care homes and sheltered housing, 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; and Lee is occasionally a member of the John Permenter Band. John occasionally augments Memphis Roots' lineup, along with a keyboard player, in the Memphis Mega Band.
Lee Hodgson is a renowned guitar teacher, having taught at London's Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP), formerly The Guitar Institute, 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 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