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Leslie Tom
Leslie Tom

It doesn’t get much more country than Leslie Tom’s self-titled release. Songs like “Breakin’ My Own Heart,” “Hank You Very Much” and the Patsy Cline cover “Leavin’ On Your Mind,” certainly set the tone, but that’s not what makes this album overflow with the honkytonk twangs of yesteryear — it’s Tom’s backing band. The Denver singer/songwriter worked with Denver producer and Grammy winner John Macy (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Richie Furay, Los Lobos) and when Macy got the idea to get a few legendary session players to guest on the album he ended up going a bit overboard in a really good way. The record features a veritable who’s-who of legendary players, including Lloyd Green on pedal steel, Country Music Hall-of-Famer Hargus “Pig” Robbins on keys and long-time Garth Brooks guitarist Chris Leuzinger. Robbins plays keys on the Cline cover, and already knew the song quite well since he played on Cline’s original recording back in 1963 — the last single she made before her death. The EP also features a duet with rising country star Kevin Moon on the song “My Only Addiction.”

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