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Lee LeonBass Holmes
Originally Lee's band, the Beautitones, was based in Venice, Italy. Lee Holmes & the B.C. Boys, the current Canadian band, features Randy Jakob on drums and Paul Taylor on guitar. Don’t Hesitate, his fifth CD was released May 1, 2023. All songs are original by the Pierini/Holmes writing team.
For years in Canada, Lee was an in-demand bassman. Today, Lee is renown for his distinctive natural blues voice as well as his bass playing.
Lee is originally from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is a graduate of the music program at Capilano University in North Vancouver. While living in western Canada, he toured across the country with many bands until 1987. For the next sixteen years, living in Northern Ontario, Lee developed his vocal chops playing with Blues guitarist Mike Burton in the Hurtin Blues Band. Together they toured the North playing many local festivals and recorded three cds.
As a co-founder of the Porquis Blues Festival in Northern Ontario, Lee had the opportunity to play with many of Canada's top blues musicians: Amos Garrett, Kenny Blues Boss Wayne, Michael Pickett, Jack De Keyser, Dutch Mason, Julian Fauth, David Rotundo, Dylan Wickens and Michael Fonfara of Downchild fame. In 2015 he toured in Europe with Sue Foley.
2023 - Don’t Hesitate/Lee Holmes. This CD was recorded
in Vancouver at Cosmic Pig Studio and features John Kieselhorst and Paul Taylor on guitar, Randy Jakob on drums with Lee on bass and vocals. Background vocals
by Helene Duguay.
2019 - Venice at Night/ Lee Holmes. This CD was recorded in Vancouver at Cosmic Pig Studio and features John Kieselhorst on guitar and Randy Jakob on drums with Lee on bass and vocals. Background vocals by Helene Duguay and Lori Jakob.
2013 - Sit Down Blues/Lee Holmes. This CD features Mike Burton on guitar. Special guests: Sue Foley on guitar and cello, Peter Karp on keys and guitar, Steve Marriner on harmonica and Mike Catapano on drums. The CD was produced by Nashville's Peter Karp. All songs are original : lyrics by Alana Pierini and music by Lee Holmes.
2003 - Mouse/Hurtin Blues Band. Features Mike Burton on guitar and David Rotundo on harp.
2000 - Piece of Cake/Hurtin Blues Band.