Bands

Jimmy Leslie & The Flow

Jimmy Leslie lays West Coast vibes over greasy grooves. His songy songs are funkier than most, and his funky songs are more melodic than most. Leslie’s tenor voice covers the same sonic territory as Sting, Stevie Wonder, and Robert Plant. Jimmy’s visceral, freehand guitar style is influenced by classic rock and funk, with a splash of surf twang. His acoustic guitar style is naturally more folk and blues oriented. Jimmy’s live band grew out of the Honey Island Swamp Band. The rhythm section of Sam Price on bass, and Garland Paul on drums did lots of gigging and recording in the SF Bay Area post-Katrina until they moved back to New Orleans in late 2006. The three made Leslie’s most recent recording, Dance Until Forever. His own band Jimmy Leslie & The Flow now features bassist Mike Sugar (The Fall Risk, Jambay), Grammy-nominated drummer Jeremy Hoenig, and vocalist/guitarist Pamela Parker (Katdelic). (The Flow is named for the band in Leslie’s eco-musical kids epic Guitarfish Adventures.) Go with Jimmy Leslie & The Flow on YouTube and connect on Facebook and Twitter.

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Allmond Brothers Clan

The Allmond Brothers Clan is a collective of top shelf Bay Area talents that tribute the Allman Brothers Band. As Trickey Frets, Leslie directs the Allmonds through the chestnuts of the Allmans’ classic catalogue. The ABC was born when Leslie produced a Guitar Player Presents tribute to Duane Allman in San Francisco at the Boom Boom Room. 15 musicians–including a guest appearance by Luther Dickinson (Black Crowes, North Mississippi Allstars) played their hearts out to an overjoyed audience that went absolutely NUTS. There was too much love for it not to live on as–The Allmond Brothers Clan! Keep track of the ABC here.

Shana Morrison & Caledonia

Jimmy started playing and singing in blues pop singer Shana Morrison’s band Caledonia in 2007. Together, they’ve toured the U.K., opened several shows for Shana’s father Van Morrison, and shared stages everywhere from festivals such as Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to classic clubs including the Sweetwater Saloon, Slim’s, and the Great American Music Hall where they opened for slide guitar virtuoso Sonny Landreth. Keep track of Shana here.

 

 

Past Bands

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A sit-in by artist-at-large Ashley Kepler at the 2012 Guitarfish Music Festival inspired Jimmy Leslie to merge dreams with the sensational singer. Skies opened. Visions were shared. An extraordinary upright bassman was essential. James Whiton (Eric McFadden Trio) answered the call. A Spirit Hustler Plays Prohibition swing with a modern twist. Drummer Mike Adamo (Mama’s Cookin’) joined for gigs at 23 Club in Brisbane and Crystal Bay Crown Room in Tahoe, and provided loops for ASH demos. Listen to ASH music on SoundCloud, watch video on YouTube, connect on Facebook and link to aspirithustler,com

The Honey Island Swamp Band

When the levees broke in the wake of Hurrican Katrina, many New Orleans musicians set up camp in San Francisco. Chris Mule, Aaron Wilkinson, Sam Price, and Garland Paul began playing swamp blues sets at the Boom Boom Room. Mule had met Jimmy on tour just before the hurricane when Jimmy was playing with Samantha Stollenwerk, and Mule was playing with Eric Lindell. Jimmy played with Honey Island back in its formative stage at the Boom Boom Room, and he appears on the band’s debut CD, which was recorded at the Plant in Sausalito. Listen to tracks at www.honeyislandswampband.com.

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Jimmy played Handy Summers in the Police & Sting tribute band Stung from 2011-2014. Stung was named Best Cover Band by the SF Weekly, and has been gigging for a decade. Keep track of Stung here.

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Jimmy Played luscious livetronica with LunaGroove from 2003-2006.

Visitor Jim

 Jimmy played with the alternative rock outfit from 2000-2003.