Roomful of Smoke

Roomful of Smoke

by Leslie Stevens


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Leslie & the Badgers spend much of their time playing bars in Los Angeles, a point made in the delicate opening track "Los Angeles" on their second full-length album, Roomful of Smoke. It's a song that probably couldn't be heard above the din in most bars, but you can't say that about much of the rest of the album. Leslie Stevens has a baby-doll voice with a country accent (she's from Missouri), reminiscent of Emmylou Harris and Maria Muldaur, and it's mixed well above her accomplished band, which plays elegant country-folk arrangements for most of the disc. Charlene Huang is credited with violin, but her playing much of the time is the sort that people call fiddling. That changes about halfway through the disc, however. After "Americans in Rome," the band seems to continue a European trip into the former Iron Curtain countries, as they begin "What Fall Promised" with a classically influenced solo by Huang, followed by a tune that would earn them applause in any bar in Hungary. But then, country music is universal these days, and if Leslie & the Badgers hardly sound like what's coming out of Nashville, they are well in the tradition of the country-rock L.A.'s been turning out for 40 years.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/17/2010
Label: Lyricland
UPC: 0626570609513
catalogNumber: 1

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leslie Stevens   Primary Artist,Group Member
David Bianco   Piano,Background Vocals
David Ralicke   Horn
Kevin Savigar   Harmonium,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Dave Kaplan   Background Vocals
Glen Oyabe   Group Member
Badgers   Background Vocals
Mike Locke   Background Vocals
Charlene Huang   Group Member
Lisa Fendelander   Background Vocals
Christopher "Crash" Richard   Background Vocals
Mandy Hoffman   Accordion
Buffy Visick   Background Vocals
Ben Reddell   Group Member
Amie Raskin   Background Vocals
Dan Shattuck   Background Vocals
Glenn Vigil   Background Vocals
Eugene Fillios   Mandolin
James Bianco   Percussion,Background Vocals
Tristan Mathews   Background Vocals
Travis Popichak   Group Member
Stephanie Sanditz   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Deniece Williams   Composer
David Bianco   Producer,Engineer
Clarence McDonald   Composer
Fritz Baskett   Composer
James O'Connell   Engineer
Leslie Stevens   Composer
Alia Penner   Artwork
Buffy Visick   Composer
Ben Reddell   Composer

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