Leroy Powell Readies Debut Solo Album

posted August 1, 2007

Leroy Powell Readies Debut Solo AlbumCalifornia native, Leroy Powell will bring his old-time-country- and-blues-with-a-little-bit-of- old-school-rock-thrown-in-for- good-measure sound, to a digital player near you with the release of his self-titled solo debut album Leroy Powell on July 31 on all major digital music service providers.

Best known as lead guitarist for the Shooter Jennings’ band, the .357’s, Leroy finally made the time to record his own album in 2006. The 11 song album features the single “Keep the Diamond”, “I Go To Extremes” and “Vacation.” Notably, the video for “Keep the Diamond” was co-directed by actress Gina Gershon and Robin Davey of the band The Bastard Fairies.

Described in a recent interview by Guitar Player Magazine as having, "half his riffs smell like beer and honky-tonks, while the other half sound like redneck cousins of Led Zeppelin," Powell combined the many musical influences he's been surrounded by over the years to create an, "honest, tell it like it is" album that will appeal to both his fans from Shooter as well as new ones.

Originally a tenor saxophone player, Leroy started playing guitar at the age of 10. He started his first band at the age of 12 with his brother Chris (with whom he still plays). He started playing guitar, harmonica, pedal steel, and vocals with Shooter Jennings in 2003. He went on to record four Shooter Jennings albums, as well as touring regularly with the band. He also has several original cuts on those records, including "Lonesome Blues," "Hair of the Dog," "The Alligator Chomp" (performed by Tony Joe White), "Slow Train" (on the new record, sung with The Oakridge Boys). His song, "Busted in Baylor County," was featured in the movie "The Dukes of Hazzard." His touring with Shooter has allowed him to share the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Hank JR, David Allancoe and Lynyrd Skynrd. And he wrote the single, "Dream," for R&B artist, Alice Smith. Leroy played all of the guitars on the upcoming posthumous Waylon Jennings album. In addition, Powell produced, co-wrote, and played for Gina Gershon's upcoming album In Search of Cleo set for release on August 28.

"It's about time I started singing my own songs" - Powell

Saturday August 4 THE MINT Leroy (Full Band) 6010 W.Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90035 Tel: (323) 954-9400 10:30 pm

Video: Leroy Powell - “Keep the Diamond”
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Audio: Leroy Powell - “Keep the Diamond”
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