Globe Hall Sunday BBQ Series Presents
Leslie Tom Band, The Barlow, The Threadbarons
Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pmGlobe Hall
$20 - $22
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exclusively with women, the resulting songs capture the feminine experience with a combination of nuance, humor, and accuracy only possible because of the source.Album opener “Pass the Pain” is a perfect example of Sweeney canvassing familiar territory in a more complex way. “It’s a drinking song,” she says. “It all actually happened when I was going through my divorce.” Eased into with steel guitar and plaintive piano, the song begins with an indignant Sweeney demanding another round, but her brash confidence soon melts into a forlorn apology to the bartender reluctantly pouring her drinks, making the interaction and the hurt all the more real and sad.“Bottle by My Bed” explores a different kind of heartbreak with breathless candor. “I only call my husband baby cause I love that word / never wanted something so bad, that it hurts / even give up these damned old cigarettes / if I could have a bottle by my bed.” Written with the awe-inspiring McKenna, the song lays Sweeney’s soul bare and captures the agony of not having a child when it’s all you want. “That song is where I’m at right now in my life,” she says. “It’s the worst pain ever. When I wrote it with Lori, I never really even imagined singing it live––I certainly never thought I’d record it. Didn’t think I had the balls to do it.” Thankfully, she did. The song is important, not just because of Sweeney’s gut-wrenching delivery, but because it tells a story too seldom told.Sweeney wrote a total of four songs with McKenna for the record. “She’s my spirit animal,” Sweeney says of McKenna. The pair’s “Grow Old with Me” is a tender ode to finally finding love that can last. “Trophy” is a wry takedown of Sweeney’s husband’s ex-wife. A slow burn with finger snaps and sauntering bass, the song reclaims an insult and makes it a compliment to laugh-out-loud effect. “Nothing Wrong with Texas,” grapples with returning to a home that has an outsized identity you needed to escape before realizing it completes you.The album’s two covers sound like they could have been penned by Sweeney herself. Chris Wall’s subtly brilliant waltz “I Feel Like Hank Williams Tonight” has never been in better hands. “Pills,” written by Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay, tackles addiction and impending overdose with jarring empathy and cleverness. “It’s a story about real life,” Sweeney says of the song. “Brennen is one of my best friends, and we think a lot alike.”Perhaps most of all,Trophyis proof Sweeney knows exactly what she wants. “There’s a lot of personal stuff on this record,” she says. “I feel like the songs that get the strongest reaction are the ones that are the most truthful––the ones that have emotion. That’s my job as a writer: to evoke some kind of emotion. I want everybody who hears this album to come away with something, whether it’s to feel like they’re not alone or inspired or like they want to laugh. I just want them to feel something.”
mistakable voice (along with the occasional fiddle and pedal steel guitar), Leslie Tom stands poised to hit the mainstream with her own traditional-modern spin on country music.
Leslie’s self-titled EP is a highly personal project for her. Produced by John Macy and recorded at Cinderella Sound in Nashville, the record features a veritable “who’s-who” of legendary session 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, among others. The EP also features a dusty-road duet with rising country star Kevin Moon on the song “My Only Addiction.”
From the twangy slide guitar and fiddle interplay on the Dear John kiss-off “Hank You Very Much,” to the honky-tonk-shuffle relationship reality check “Breakin’ My Own Heart,” to the familial bonds explored in both “Every Other Friday” (a nostalgic nod at Leslie’s relationship with her dad) and “Hardest Thing I’ll Ever Do” (a tip of the hat to Leslie’s daughter and navigating the difficulties and joys of parenthood), the self-titled release is, at its heart, about relationships, as viewed through a vintage country lens.
“What I love about the EP is that it’s the first record I’ve done where I’ve co-written all but one song on it,” says Leslie. “I have stayed very close to my traditional country roots.”
You can’t get much more traditional country than the artist Leslie chose to cover on this release: Her cover of Patsy Cline’s last single, “Leavin’ On Your Mind,” is a torch song rife with jazzy-bluesy piano that kicks up the tempo just a little bit without losing any of the emotional tug that made the original a powerful country classic. In a case of full-circle rightness, Pig Robbins, who played on Cline’s version, also played keys on this version.
Leslie’s pure country sound comes as little surprise. Born and bred in the heart of Texas, she cut her teeth listening to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and Bob Wills on the radio of her father’s Ford truck. Her own musical journey began at age 7, picking up the violin and clarinet before settling on piano, and eventually developing her vocal skills and songwriting chops. Since those early beginnings, music has been an inescapable force in her life, and even her early attempts to settle into a corporate job after college couldn’t stick for long. For Leslie, a return to her country roots was inevitable, and once she made the decision, she never looked back.
In the years since, Leslie has sung on stage in front of tens of thousands of people, opening for artists like Josh Turner and sharing the stage with the likes of Lee Roy Parnell, Jeff Bates and others. She’s appeared on television music competitions, released two critically acclaimed studio projects and performed for enthusiastic audiences across the world. Her musical journey has taken her from the honky-tonks of south Texas to a stint in Nashville, then back to Texas before settling in Colorado in 2014.
Since her move to Denver, Leslie is seeing a fresh surge in her music career as her genuine style and heartfelt lyrics connect with a whole new audience. Released in advance of her third studio effort, Leslie’s latest single, the patriotic “Didn’t Think Twice,” is a moving tribute to her own grandfather, paying homage to the “Greatest Generation” of WWII veterans who sacrificed so much for our nation’s freedom, and who are now rapidly passing away. Featuring guest vocals by ex-Navy SEAL Pete Scobell, the single was released on Veteran’s Day, with proceeds going to the Travis Manion Foundation, a non-profit organization empowering veterans and the families of fallen soldiers. An alternate version of the single also appears on the EP.
“The song was purposely written so that anyone who is in the military or has been in the military will relate to it,” says Leslie. “I’m incredibly proud of the fact that 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the TMF.”
The best artists of any genre are the ones who are able to draw inspiration from the sound and style of the past, own it, and carry it forward to the next generation. No one in the business today does this better than Leslie Tom. In a day when so many artists are trying in vain to mold their sound to the current trends, she simply lives within the pure country sound and owns it in the process. Within the first few notes of the song, you discover what so many of her fans already know: Leslie Tom is the real deal.
The EP release, The ThreadBarons, showcases the band's mature songwriting - from the dark self-reflection of "Drowning Man" to the soulful twang of "12 Steps."
The ThreadBarons truly shine in live performances. Drawing their influences from artists like Bob Dylan in his electric years and Wilco in their prime, The ThreadBarons blend classic rock sounds with a modern spin that will leave you breathless.
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