MCP Sessions: Leslie Tom

Earlier this year, Denver-based singer/songwriter Leslie Tom, who cut her teeth in her native Texas listening to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and Bob Wills on the radio of her father’s Ford truck, released her new self-titled EP. Produced by John Macy (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Richie Furay, Los Lobos) and recorded at legendary studio Cinderella Sound in Nashville, the record features a variety of legendary session players, and plenty of Tom’s traditional country style. “I want people to realize that country music in the true sense of the definition is still very much alive and well,” Tom explains of the album. “I’m more proud of this EP than I’ve felt about any piece of work I’ve shared.  I have nothing left to prove.  These songs are the stories of my life written without worry if I’ll fit in to what is being played on mainstream radio and celebrated by today’s ‘country’ fans.  This is me… all me.”

During this year’s AmericanaFest, we met up with Tom at Cinderella Sound for an exclusive performance of album track, and pun-tastic “Dear John” kiss-off tune, “Hank You Very Much,” accompanied Lloyd Green on steel guitar and Eugene Moles on guitar–and delivered with plenty of bright-smiling sass. Check it out:

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