Bob Leslie is the unknown soldier of the Scottish songwriting scene. Out of full-time professional action for fifteen years (due to family commitments), he never stopped writing and has recently returned with a 12-song CD of self-penned Americana with a touch of Tom Waits about it.
In A Different World (release August 2010) employs top musical talent from the Central Scotland scene: Bernadette Collier & Alice Leslie - backing vox; Fraser Speirs - harmonica; Jim Keilt - lead guitar, Alex Mack - banjo, mandolin, and lead guitar; Craig Nelson - alto sax; and Carl Esprit Bridgeman - bass guitar.
Apple, Chrysalis Records, and the Kinks' managers showed interest in Bob's early work and his later songs have elicited high commendation from the the prestigious Billboard Song Contest.
Top players Bob has worked with include:
Andy Hamilton (sax player for multi-million-selling Canadian songwriter Corey Hart)
Chris Glen and Ted McKenna (bass and drums, respectively, with the Sensational Alex Harvey Band)
Colin Bass (bass player of seminal prog-rockers Camel)
Dave Vasco (guitarist for Warner Brothers artists Clancy)
Fraser Speirs (harmonica maestro with Paolo Nutini and Scots blues legend Tam White)
Jim Keilt (virtuoso lead guitarist with John Otway and the London production of Tommy - the Musical)
Kathy O'Donoghue (vocalist with, amongst others, Roger Chapman and Hank Wangford)
Zeke Manyika (drummer for Scots chart-toppers Orange Juice)
Bands worked with:
Any number of pick-up bands
Lots of solo work in bars, restaurants etc.
Will be promoting the album from September onwards with, when occasion permits, Fraser Speirs on harmonica (just back from his stint with Paolo Nutini).
Bob Dylan, Otis Redding, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Byrds, the Stones, John Lennon, Robert Burns, John Prine, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Tom Waits, Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, David Bowie, Silvio Rodriguez, Mercedes Sosa, Flamenco, Captain Beefheart, Eva Cassidy, Elvis Costello, Lorenz Hart, Joni Mitchell, Sammy Cahn, Tom Lehrer, Leonard Bernstein, Lorraine Ellis, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings.
All-time favourite lines:
"When love congeals
it soon reveals
the faint aroma of performing seals"
"I've been loving you too long,
I can't stop now"
"I look bloody young but I'm just back-dated"
"You stare into the vacuum of his eyes and say
-Do you want to make a deal?"
"Had we never loved sae blindly
had we never loved sae kindly
never met and never parted
we had ne'er been broken-hearted"
"I asked her for water
but she gave me gasoline"
"My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun"
"Now here's a song I used to hear
My mother sang to me
She sang it as she tucked me in
When I was ninety-three"