Leon Redbone (from the album Long Way from Home-early recordings on Third Man Records)

Leon Redbone (from the album Long Way from Home-early recordings on Third Man Records)

LEON REDBONE - LONG WAY FROM HOME, review by The Alternate Root

Leon Redbone (from the album Long Way from Home-early recordings on Third Man Records) 

The music of Leon Redbone is as unique as the man himself is mysterious. He is a known name due to exposure on late night TV in the 1970/80’s, and his four decades of touring, playing primarily festival stages. Over the course of forty years, Leon Redbone has released thirteen albums that championed the early days of recorded music in America with the sound of Ragtime, Blues, and Jazz. Leon . . .

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Review of Long Way from Home: Hi Fi World , UK Vinyl News

April 2017:  

"Two from minimalist, lazy low-key voiced Leon Redbone includes his pre-war style of blues, folks and jazz with the spacious and lo-fi 1975 debut, 'On the Track' and the new LP 'Long Way From Home'- 1972 raw recordings. Brilliantly, enigmatically, magnetic. If only Prozac worked this way. "

NY Times "Reissues: Dylan’s ’66 Tour, A-Trak and Leon Redbone"

Leon Redbone 

Long Way From Home  
On the Track  
(Third Man) 

This time of year, you’re most likely to experience Leon Redbone in snowman form, bantering with Will Ferrell in “Elf.” Mr. Redbone, 67, hasn’t otherwise been on the scene: Last year, citing health concerns, he announced his retirement. His debut album, “On the Track,” released on Warner Bros. in 1975, has just been reissued on vinyl by Third Man Records, and it’s a reminder of how novel a figure he cut at the time: a sly anachronism singing ragtime, country and Delta blues in dark glasses and a Panama hat. The album features  . . .
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Long Way Home

Long Way Home

Leon Redbone joins Keith Richards, Robert Plant as they declare 'We Are Not Afraid' in Refugee Aid Video 

Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, and more pledge support for project aiding refugee crisis and victims of religious, political violence.

See article here in Rolling Stone.


The release of, "Long Way From Home," through Third Man Records is available on pre order via Amazon here. Release originally slated for Oct. 14 has been moved to Nov. 11.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Leon Redbone, the legendary folk/jazz/roots performer has retired from both public appearances and recording. 5/19/15

Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone: The Search for Leon Redbone is a documentary on the fabulous and elusive singer-guitar player, Mr. Leon Redbone. This, however, is a 5-minute promo for the proposed film.

Woody Allen, Leon Redbone, and the Serious Business of Cutting a Joke 

Is it possible to fall in love with a movie just from the first notes of the soundtrack, before an image even hits the screen? Yes.
Woody Allen’s most recent film, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, opens with Leon Redbone’s version of "When You Wish Upon a Star." The pairing of Allen and Redbone is perfect for the tightly crafted masterpieces Woody Allen still seems to be churning out in his late seventies. Redbone performs his shows as a drunken and riotously funny washed-up tin pan alley musician out of the 20s. Similarly, Allen’s recent films seem to be of a different era. Although contemporary in their setting, Allen remains intent on putting out "good little movies" as he calls them. Allen's last three each ran a budget of a mere $15 million, chump change by Avatar standards. And his films actually turn a profit because Europeans still like Woody, while his mother country seems to have lost interest in his films. 
Allen remains absorbed in the themes that have long been the center of his work (the unpredictability of human desire, betrayal, the terrible things an alright person will do in the wrong circumstances, etc.). Because these are such illusive and slippery topics to explore, Allen remains capable of crafting great, "little" (in length, not ambition) films to teach us something new about the rise and fall of fortunes that surround the a typically average characters. Well...not completely average: his protagonists are usually amusingly cursed with an extra dose of intelligence and a fair share of pretense and arrogance.

Whether in his utterly serious crime thrillers like Cassandra’s Dream and Matchpoint, or the more humorous--yet still serious--cornerstones of his catalog like Annie Hall and Manhattan, Allen remains absorbed with the aesthetic possibilities surrounding deceit in the worlds he fashions. In Allen's cosmology the rain falls both comically and tragically (usually at the same time) on the horrible and the miserable (see clip below for Allen's categorization of these two types of people).

Allen opens his newest venture with the famous quote from Macbeth about life being comprised of nothing but "sound and fury." A little heavy-handed? Perhaps, but Woody pulls it off because he’s chose Redbone's track for playing the light-sounding acoustic jazz guitar in the background. The tension achieved in that moment of the lighthearted exposition of life's hard realities touch on the aesthetic possibilities Allen relentlessly keeps exploring. But to be honest, it hasn’t gotten old--at least not for me, and I've seen 28 of his films. 29 might put me over the edge, but I doubt it.  Allen keeps coming up with new angles, and therefore new sets of questions to accompany his lifelong Hamlet-meets-Groucho Marx quest for meaning through his films.

Allen's work testifies that "cutting a joke" when you do the right way "is the most serious undertaking this side the grave” (qtd Dale Cockerell’s Demons of Disorder). Recently his humor, like Mark Twain’s, seems to carry the tragic inevitability of suffering and death. These preoccupations help explain Allen’s pension for Bergman and Dostoevsky references and their influence on him as a writer, but what makes Allen different is that dose of vaudevillian humor. Allen can wash down his cold existentialism with reversals of fate filmed, scripted, and scored amusingly enough that you actually enjoy seeing the fragile human condition represented for 90 to 120 minutes. Laughing about a little bit of life's futility with Woody makes you feel less crazy, because his characters are usually going to be crazier than you.
Stranger stays on par with the other quality work Allen has put out of late. Vicki Cristina Barcelona and Whatever Works were two of my favorite films from 2009. Even at 77, Allen is relentlessly entertaining as he continues to  return to the big questions with his characteristic nervous and high-spirited energy. And after all these years, he seems even less inclined than ever to go for the easy joke, so expect to find a little vinegar at the bottom of Allen’s unique brand of Vaudeville.

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Flying By 

I guess it was time for another CD! 

You can listen to it at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/leonredbone first! 

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A Summer weekend in New England.... 


Leon will visit New England for a run of dates August 22-24.

The run starts on Thursday Aug 22nd at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, NH followed by his annual show at Jonathan's in Ogunquit, ME on Friday August 23rd.

Saturday night Aug 24th is at the lovely Fall River Center for the Arts in MA and Sunday night, Aug 25th will be a return to the beautiful Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk, CT.  If you haven't been to Infinity Hall yet you are missing out!

Tickets are on sale now visit the Schedule page for ticket info or click HERE

Midwest in May 

Spirng tour continues with a trio of dates in the Midwest.

The run starts on Friday May 10th at the Sangamon Auditorium on the Universtiy or Illinois - Springfield Campus.

Saturday night May 11th Leon makes his return to Fitzgearld's in Berywn, IL and the run wraps on Mother's Day, Sunday May 12th at The Ark IN Ann Arbor, MI.

Tickets are on sale now visit the Schedule page for ticket info or click HERE

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