Darling’s light shines under a bushel in terms of songwriting. Well known as a sideman to Imelda May, Geraint Thomas, Tanita Tikaram where his exemplary guitar playing marks him out as a talented safe pair of hands, Darling’s other accomplishments are therefore obscured from view. On his debut solo album LEE’s BLUES the depth of playing knowledge was well used to write and arrange music in blues, rhythm and blues, swing blues, americana. (He also co-produced the album and made the videos). The album present a strong collection of works already finding their home on playlists. His vast experience performing music in these genres means Darling will be well able to expand as a writer into different fields.