Lee McBee (born March 23, 1951, Kansas City,
Missouri) is an American blues musician, singer and harmonica player.
Though he is primarily a regional blues act in the Midwest, McBee gained
national attention in the late 1980s and early 1990s for his work with
Mike Morgan and the Crawl and for his
band the Passions. These bands toured the United States, Canada and
Europe and recorded on major blues labels. McBee grew up in Kansas City
and collected blues and soul records throughout the 1960s. In 1969, he
moved to Lawrence, Kansas and worked in many blues and blues-rock bands,
including Tide and Lynch-McBee Band, up to 1978.
From 1978 to 1982 McBee moved to Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles and
recorded and performed with Bonnie Raitt,
Jimmy Rogers, Doug Sahm and
Johnny Winter. By the mid 1980s, he
settled in Dallas and met guitarist Mike Morgan in 1985. They formed the
Crawl and they would be together for the next twelve years. In 1994,
McBee began a side project with The Passions. This band would be
relocated to Kansas City as its base and soon evolved into Lee McBee and
the Confessors. Throughout the 2000s, McBee and his band tour northeast
Kansas and northwest Missouri and have released two albums.