WDVX Summer Nights – 8/23 – The Alex Leach Band w/ Special Guests
August 23 @ 7:00 pm
Hailing from the mountains of East Tennessee, Alex Leach is no stranger to the world of music. Just 33 years old, he has already been in the business for more than two decades, earning two “DJ of the Year” awards from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America by the time he was 15, and appearing on CMT’s “Big Ticket,” the BBC, and Peter Jennings’ “ABC World News Tonight.”
Yet even as he was building his reputation as one of the premiere radio voices in bluegrass, Alex was honing his skills as a guitarist and banjo player. He began his professional career as a musician at the age of 19, and was recruited a few years later by Ralph Stanley II, the son of iconic bluegrass pioneer, Dr. Ralph Stanley. Alex had the honor to perform alongside he and the Clinch Mountain Boys on the Grand Ole Opry in 2014. In the years that followed, he toured widely with Ralph Stanley II, earning critical accolades for his playing, his compelling lead and harmony vocals, and for his additions to the bluegrass canon with songs like “Mountain Heartache.”
In 2019, Alex started his own group, formed and based in East Tennessee. The band is a multi-talented bunch who bring exceptional musicianship and high energy to any stage they play.
Leach’s debut album, produced by Jim Lauderdale, along with his sophomore album produced by Jon Weisberger (both released on Mountain Home Music), takes the acoustic music of the traditional bluegrass and Americana world that Alex grew up with and moves it into the future, featuring his signature ‘new traditional’ sound.
As Bluegrass Today reported, “It’s little wonder why Alex Leach has emerged to the forefront of today’s young up-and-coming bluegrass vanguard. His new album, All the Way, demonstrates that after only two albums, Leach and his band already possess the skill and savvy needed to, in fact, go all the way. Comprised primarily of Leach originals, with an occasional cover included for good measure (a rapid-fire take on Joe South’s Walk A Mile in My Shoes, and a soothing revisit to Paul Simon’s Slip Slidin’ Away, both providing a fine fit), the set list is flush with all the exuberance one might hope to find in a young outfit with such obvious ability and affinity for the form.”