Over the past 2 decades Sean Lehe has made a name for himself touring with West Coast jam favorites Izabella, 10 Mile Tide and more recently filling the guitar seat in Poor Man’s Whiskey.
In addition to playing with Poor Man’s Whiskey, Lehe is currently leading The Family Practice. The Family Practice is a Rock and Soul band featuring a cast of characters familiar to those that have been watching Lehe onstage over the past many years. With contributions from long time collaborators John Morales (drums/vocals) and Sam Phelps (bass/synths) as well as Pat Blizinski (organ/piano), Andre Fylling (Rhodes/Moog) and Mark Harmon (bass). Sean has created a platform where his captivating “guitar hero” skills and his distinctive songwriting can shine.
With a body of new music and classic covers, The Family Practice(TFP) allows fans to experience what happens when talented musicians stretch out and explore new horizons within familiar contexts. TFP evokes the pulsing grooves and soulful vocals of The Band and Little Feat, while maintaining one foot firmly planted in the garden of guitar heroes like Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana and the Allman Brothers.
Visceral, improvisational and fun, TFP is a great example of Rock and Soul music that won’t fail to satisfy.
A unique condition for a musician, Sean has Meneire’s Disease, and has dealt with the disease since he was 17 years old. The disease is marked by progressive hearing loss and “attacks” or “episodes” of extreme vertigo and nausea.
In 2010 and 2011 Sean found himself in the later stages of the disease, often making it difficult to stand onstage while performing and eventually taking him off the road for a year and a half. Fortunately in some cases, Meneire’s Disease can run its course, and the vertigo and nausea subside, albeit with the loss of function in the affected ear. Sean has lost all hearing in his right ear and has adopted his strict “Lehe’s on the left” policy (“stage right”).
“It took me time to deal with the new challenge of dropping into the “zone” experiencing everything in mono, but creating and playing music is my life.”
Lehe is an example that it’s not only possible to be a musician “in mono” but it can be done with excellence.