THE ALEX LEACH BAND
“Up to You”
RECORD LABEL:Mountain Home Music Company
Although he has helped carry on the legacy of bluegrass founding fathers, singer/songwriter/guitarist Alex Leach and the eponymous band he fronts are joining contemporaries like Billy Strings in redefining what modern roots music and bluegrass are through originality and a purposeful evolution away from long held stereotypes. I’m the Happiest When I’m Moving, their Jim Lauderdale-produced Mountain Home Music Company debut, marked the starting point of that evolution, blending a couple of traditional-sounding touchstones with more contemporary original material and some organically framed nods in the direction of Americana and the broader roots music world. Now, with the release of two new singles that display the breadth of their multifaceted talent, The Alex Leach Band are doubling down on their commitment to blazing their own, unique musical trail.
On the bluegrass side, “Up to You,” written with producer Jon Weisberger, delves deeper into Leach’s propensity for thoughtful lyrics and his fondness for the progressive and newgrass-flavored sounds of musical progenitors like the Country Gentlemen and Cliff Waldron & the New Shades of Grass. The band—Miranda Leach (vocals), Joshua Gooding (mandolin, vocals), Jason Johnson (banjo) and JT Coleman (bass), along with guest violinist Chris Sexton of Nothin’ Fancy and legendary studio drummer Tony Creasman—delivers a solid groove and supple, distinctive solos, as Leach delivers a meditation on how our views of situations reflect our individual outlooks and experiences.
“I am very excited to release ‘Up to You,’” notes Leach. “I brought the idea to Jon a few months back about an optimist and a pessimist on a trip together, and how each of them viewed a stressful situation. After writing for a bit, we decided to let the listener be the one to decide if they thought of themselves as a positive thinker or a negative thinker. I also want to compliment how tastefully the band played and sang on this track. I hope this song will cause the listener to think about how they deal with situations, all while groovin’ to the music—but at the end of the day, take it exactly how you want, it’s completely ‘up to you.’”
KEY SELLING POINTS
- A two time SPBGMA "DJ of the Year" by the time he was 15, a young Alex has been featured on CMT's Big Ticket, the BBC, and Peter Jennings' ABC World News Tonight, and is now a 21-year airwaves veteran at WDVX
- Since recently deciding to embark on a much-anticipated solo career, Alex has been featured in magazines like Bluegrass Unlimited, on TV programs such as The Bluegrass Trail (RFD-TV), and on radio programs such as Hand Picked with Del on Sirius XM's Bluegrass Junction channel