INTERVIEW: LEE RITENOUR

Updated: Sep 20

"We should leave the world's politics to musicians"


Over a five decade long career, guitar legend, Lee Ritenour has played with everyone you can think of, including lending his guitar skills to Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' and George Benson's 'Give Me The Night.' Despite the lengthy discography, he has never released a solo record.


'Dreamcatcher', recorded and released during the 2020 pandemic, is his reflection on the world and life's inspiration through a musical lens.


We caught up with Lee to find out more about his solo debut.


DREAMCATCHER IS YOUR FIRST SOLO PROJECT, WHY HAVE YOU NEVER DONE ONE BEFORE?


I was always the ensemble guy, the band guy. I've probably have done more albums than most people on the planet from my days with bands and doing sessions and producing records. For the last few years, I would play pieces on the shows that were improvised or composed and everyone kept egging me on to do a solo album. At the end of 2019, I started writing for it and then in 2020, the pandemic hit so I had that time. Of course, it's been 60 years of playing the guitar, so I've had a perspective that a lot of people haven't had.


YOU USED SEVEN GUITARS ON THE ALBUM, ARE THE SAME SEVEN GUITARS ON THE SLEEVE?