October 3, 2007

Leon Redbone

"It can even be a single note which defines the entire song - Leon Redbone"

The distinctive voice, the particular manner of dress, (and of course the music) all make up the experience that is Leon Redbone. With more than a nod to vaudeville, this timeless performer takes you on a journey through American song. Redbone pulls from a deep well, with a repertoire so vast, that I can only think of a handful of entertainers who can match it - certainly the late, great Dave Van Ronk comes to mind.

There are so many quirks to this iconoclastic musician, that I sometimes forget what a tasteful guitar player he is.

To be sure, he's not everyone's cup of tea.

My interview with Tim Sparks reminded me of the many interesting finds that are to be had on YouTube.

Here is one - or rather three, if we're counting songs!

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