Leeann Atherton

Leeann Atherton

 Austin, Texas, USA
DuoAmericanaFolk

Southern fried country blues that's good for the heart and full of soul. Roots and real, versatile and virtuosic voice, steeped in timeless and modern grooves, this music is dripping with love, and rocks steady. "Country at it's best", blues with a feeling. "Barefoot Fields" is stripped down folk and soul, acoustic groove.

Biography

Seasoned road warrior from years of road house gigs and lots of fun. Based out of Austin, Leeann has held a residency for 19 years at Maria's Taco Xpress, building a strong band that continues to draw larger and larger crowds.
Every so often the humidity in Austin, Texas, Leeann Atherton’s adopted hometown, hangs so heavy in the air that even a few minutes out-of-doors feels undeniably sultry. Then a storm breaks open the sky and rain flows like cosmic champagne, and when the sun comes out the next morning a magnificent breeze caresses the town, smelling like it just got in from the Atlantic coast.
Something similar happens listening to Leeann Atherton. Like the singer herself, who came to Austin via Charleston and Nashville, her songwriting suitcase is full of a seamless blend of twang, soul, gospel and blues owing a lot to Leeann Atherton’s background. Steeped in southern roots, stewed in Texas blues, raised by a hillbilly housewife and an Alabama gentleman in Charleston, South Carolina, away from the shopping mall culture, she put herself through college singing in a beach music dance band. She studied the spirituals of the South Carolina islands, sat in with a rural black choir, and joined the hardened professionals at work in Nashville song factories. “I loved the way those Ft. Worth boys sang “baby””, Leeann gleams. A road trip to Texas was all it took, and Leeann’s independent roots flourished in the fertile musical ground of Austin.
Her first Texas recording sessions at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Studio introduced her to Robert Earl Keen’s acclaimed guitarist and producer, Rich Brotherton. Forming a musical friendship, his musical style completed her first independent release “Only Glory”. Rich was chosen by Steppin Stone Records to produce her acclaimed Americana recording “Lady Liberty”, garnering #1 in local and independent charts (Austin Chronicle, No Depression), and receiving international airplay. Her musical journey continued with self produced releases “Mama’s House” an acoustic/electric blend of twang and folk and “Every Day Dream” a soulful look at the blues. Joining forces with the legendary Slim Richey, they recorded a CD of Jazz standards “Limited Edition”. Her recent collaboration with Russian composer Zhenya Rock produced “Gypzee Heart”, a blending of their respective folk cultures. In the 2010 release “Heart Traveled Road”, Leeann returns to her roots with Rich Brotherton in the producers’ seat again, along with a cast of Austin’s #1 List of session players. 2015 "Barefoot Fields" is a hauntingly beautiful acoustic recording, stripped down to guitar , bass, and vocals.

Every so often the humidity in Austin, Texas, Leeann Atherton’s adopted hometown, hangs so heavy in the air that even a few minutes out-of-doors feels undeniably sultry. Then a storm breaks open the sky and rain flows like cosmic champagne, and when the sun comes out the next morning a magnificent breeze caresses the town, smelling like it just got in from the Atlantic coast.
Something similar happens listening to Leeann Atherton. Like the singer herself, who came to Austin via Charleston and Nashville, her songwriting suitcase is full of a seamless blend of twang, soul, gospel and blues owing a lot to Leeann Atherton’s background. Steeped in southern roots, stewed in Texas blues, raised by a hillbilly housewife and an Alabama gentleman in Charleston, South Carolina, away from the shopping mall culture, she put herself through college singing in a beach music dance band. She studied the spirituals of the South Carolina islands, sat in with a rural black choir, and joined the hardened professionals at work in Nashville song factories. “I loved the way those Ft. Worth boys sang “baby””, Leeann gleams. A road trip to Texas was all it took, and Leeann’s independent roots flourished in the fertile musical ground of Austin.
Her first Texas recording sessions at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Studio introduced her to Robert Earl Keen’s acclaimed guitarist and producer, Rich Brotherton. Forming a musical friendship, his musical style completed her first independent release “Only Glory”. Rich was chosen by Steppin Stone Records to produce her acclaimed Americana recording “Lady Liberty”, garnering #1 in local and independent charts (Austin Chronicle, No Depression), and receiving international airplay. Her musical journey continued with self produced releases “Mama’s House” an acoustic/electric blend of twang and folk and “Every Day Dream” a soulful look at the blues. Joining forces with the legendary Slim Richey, they recorded a CD of Jazz standards “Limited Edition”. Her recent collaboration with Russian composer Zhenya Rock produced “Gypzee Heart”, a blending of their respective folk cultures. With her current release, “Heart Traveled Road”, Leeann returns to her roots with Rich Brotherton in the producers’ seat a

Lyrics

If You Can't Love Me

Written By: Leeann Atherton/Riley Osborne

Darling, the first time I cried for you was tonight,
Holding on to our love
My heart won't let you go.
They say that love is a healing thing
and I'm down on my knees begging please won't you baby,
make my dreams all come true.
But If You Can't Love Me
Why Won't you let me know
if you can't hold me
Why won't you let me go
If you don't need me
I don't please you
Please let me down slow
If You Can't Love Me
Why won't you let me go?
I would fight for you
Let my world come down
I can take all that you have to give
Precious love, take my hand
Precious love will pull us through.


Lose Yourself In Love

Written By: Leeann Atherton/Jay Patten

You think love is full of danger
a carnival of characters at play
Mystery is no stranger
It lures you in and makes you want to stay
You're afraid that love will take you and let you fall again
An unknown destination
and your not sure of the way

But you'll never get lost if you
Lose Yourself In Love
Go ahead and Pay what it cost
Lift yourself above the lonely crowd
if you Lose Yourself In Love

Lonely people lost without it
They never let the magic take control
So if love comes, you'd better grab it
Don't be afraid to reach out and take hold
The rhythm of your passion is a dance thats known through time
So let the music take you one more step and you will find...

That you'll never get lost if you
Lose Yourself In Love
Go ahead and Pay what it cost
Lift yourself above the lonely crowd
if you Lose Yourself In Love

High above the crowds
Lucky stars of love

and you'll never get lost if you
Lose Yourself In Love
Go ahead and Pay what it cost
Lift yourself above the lonely crowd
if you Lose Yourself Lose yourself
In Love

Brand New Girl

Written By: Leeann Atherton

I have searched and I've been
on a long, long trail
I have tried in my way to be free
I have wanted to be where the eagles sail
Thought I often fall down on my knees

The strength of love lifts me up above
When I lean on the light from your love
I will walk thru the world a
Brand New Girl
with you when you stand by me.

I have seen thru the eyes of an ageless child the gifts of laughter and song
Thru my tears I resign to the grace of love
In my heart this could never be wrong

In praise we bring
The songs we sing
In the light of a great new day
I will walk thru the world a
Brand New Girl
With you , when you stand by me

I will give my hand, take you as my man
In faith seal this joyful vow.
With a kiss we will open a brand new world as two
When you stand by me
I will walk thru the world
a Brand New Girl
With you when you stand by me.

Looking For a Rainbow

Written By: Leeann Atherton

I'm looking for a rainbow
everywhere that I go
Waiting for that dayglo
to fill up my eyes.
Dreaming of the good times
Crazy in-between times
Wild days and nights
the light is so bright
you're blinded by love.

But rain keeps falling
There's thunder and lightning
No need to be frightened
Just wait out the storm.

And keep on
Looking for a rainbow
everywhere that you go
even though the rain
keeps coming down.

Life goes by in the blink of an eye
it's a natural fact
You'll find the rainbow
When the sun is at your back.

So I keep looking for a rainbow
everywhere that I go...
even though the rain
keeps coming down.
Keep on looking for a rainbow
Keep looking for a rainbow.

Change of Heart

Written By: Leeann Atherton

I had a change of heart
It happened overnight
I finally let go
I gave up without a fight
I had held on for so long
and my grip was so tight
But I had a change of heart
and it happened overnight

I had a habit of hard luck in love it's true
Seemed like no amount of love could ever do.
Needing more and more and more
to pull on through
But that poison love beats you down and leaves you bruised.

I asked for water
You gave me wine
I needed some comfort
All you did was waste mine
and I cried for your kisses
to make the hurt go away
But you turned the other cheek and you looked the other way.

I had a change of heart
and it happened overnight
Now I finally know , finally know between the wrong and the right
So in my life I choose all the love I can find
Cause I've had a change of heart
and it happened overnight
Yes I had a change of heart and it happened overnight
Ooh, tonight, I did it,
I said "good-bye"

Daily Blues

Written By: Leeann Atherton

Morning coffee cup
crawlin' out of bed
I gotta fill it up.
Each day, it's just the same
I got a nasty habit
and I'm to blame.
Got to get my fix of the news, it's true
I've got the Daily Blues.

Come rain or too much shine
Got me thinkin' 'bout it
all the time
These days it's the president
and everyone explainin' where
our money went
This and that with who know's who
it's true, everybody's got 'em
Got the daily blues

Broke up
Broke down
Got to get to work the other side of town.
Lost phone, so no call home
I'm glad I woke up late for another round.

Morning coffee cup
crawlin' out of bed
I gotta fill it up.
Each day, it's just the same
I got a nasty habit
and I'm to blame.
Got to get my prescription filled,
and I will!
I've got the Daily Blues.

Mustard Seed

Written By: Leeann Atherton

I want to believe
I want to belong
I want to sing and dance unafraid
to a joyful song.
Facing my fears
I finally figured it out.
Resurrected and released from fear and doubt.

(chorus)
So won't you roll away this boulder
That keeps me in my tomb.
Break down all the walls that keep me
from loving you.
If I could see the world thru my Savior's eyes
If I could believe with the faith of a Mustard Seed.

We I think of the hurt
that we all have to bear
and I selfishly think that it's so unfair.
Then i think of that cross
His dark night of the soul
Even Jesus cried and wondered at our Father's goal

So won't you
(Chorus)
Roll away this boulder that keeps me in my tomb.
Break down all the walls that keep me from loving you.
If I could see the world thru my Saviors eyes
If I could believe
With the faith of a Mustard Seed.
That's all I need
Believe

Discography

Barefoot Fields, Heart Traveled Road, Gypzee Heart, Every Day Dream, Mama's House, Lady Liberty, Only Glory. Rockin' at the Barn Vol 1-5,
Slim Richey & Leeann Atherton Limited Edition, Leeann's Barn Dance Vol. 1

Set List

Original shuffles, Rocking blues, Americana country, Old time Rock n Roll; covers would include Etta James, Janis Joplin, Anne Peebles, Bonnie Raitt, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding.