Lee Lindsey and I go way back. We first met at a party at Jerry and Mick Jagger’s place on the island of Mustique in December 1986 when we bonded over being new mothers (Tatjana and Sam are born just 5 days apart), and have remained friends ever since.

Our kids grew up together in London

Our kids grew up together in London

Tatjana and Sam, later joined by Lee’s daughter Grace, all grew up together in London. There were many birthday parties, Sunday lunches, and BBQ’s at the Lindsey household. Then we lost touch for about 10 years – Lee moved her family first to Nashville to pursue her music, then settled in her native Canada where she started Tall Poppy Records, and I moved back to Los Angeles.

Then, out of the clear blue sky one day I got a call from her – “Julie Anne? It’s Lee! What are you doing in October?

Considering it was early January I replied, “I have no idea, why?”

My favorite venue of all - Barbados celebrating Lee's birthday

My favorite venue of all – Barbados celebrating Lee’s birthday

“I have a major birthday coming up, I’ve rented a house in Barbados and I’m treating ten girlfriends to a holiday there – I’d love for you to join us?

“Duh, a YEAH!” I was so touched – when you think about all the people you meet in a lifetime, it is quite an honor to be in someone’s top ten. All us girls had the most brilliant time – especially being serenaded during cocktails at sunset every evening, thank you SO much again, Lee!

Backstage with Lee, Gene Simmons, and Sam Bradley

Backstage with Lee, Gene Simmons, and Sam Bradley

Once reunited, we decided not to let another ten years slip by, so Lee came down to LA to stay with me when Sam preformed at Hotel Cafe a few years in a row. Of course I have seen Lee live on stage before when she sang with Sam Bradley

Lee Lindsey's Flowers Tour

Lee Lindsey’s Flowers Tour

… but that was just a teaser for the real deal when I finally got to see Lee perform with her own band this weekend when her Flowers tour touched down for one night at Amplyfi in Hollywood.

Lee Lindsey and Julie Anne Rhodes

Still hangin – Lee Lindsey and Julie Anne Rhodes

So proud of my girl! Lee’s turned into one of the best folk song-writer’s I know (listen here to my personal fav, Rejection), and the band were so tight together – great musicians that sing such perfect, crystal clear harmonies! Catch the Flowers Tour, or ….

Flowers

Flowers

… buy Lee’s album, Flowers here. BTW, Lee also happens to be a killer cook – she shared this lip-smackin rib recipe with me a few years ago, and it’s been a huge Personal Chef Approach hit ever since.

Lee's Shuswamp Ribs

One  of my longtime close friends – Lee Lindsey, shared this recipe with me for the site. This recipe brings back so many fond memories of her legendary barbecues and Sunday lunches in London. Lee is actually from Canada, she lived in Hong Kong and London, and we met in Mustique, so her recipes (like mine), reflect a fusion of international flavors.

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