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Leonard Watkins is an accomplished acoustic blues performer, based near Birmingham, Al. Influenced by Son House, Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson, Leonard plays a passionate style of delta blues. Equipped with a 1932 National Steel guitar and Craftsman socket, he slaps and snaps the Blues. Leonard plays the blues with his own feel, believing that you can play another man's song but not another man's 'feel'. He plays intense raw delta blues to acoustic versions of Chicago blues. He'll throw in some lighted-hearted blues such as Blind Blake's 'Diddie Wah Diddie' or his own crowd favorite, 'I'm Your Wal-Mart Greeter'. Watkins has a natural dry sense of humor, listen carefully to his mutterings between songs, he'll put a smile on your face. Leonard is an entertainer and crowd pleaser.

Leonard has played at various festivals and events including the 1997 King Biscuit Festival in Helena Arkansas and the National Slide Guitar Festival in Brevard North Carolina, The 1998 & 1999 Sloss Furnace Birthday Blast in Birmingham and many others.

"Leonard Watkins plays the hell out of a really cool steel guitar"

Magic City Blues Society B'ham Al (1998)

"Delta Blues.... Ever heard it done right? If you haven't then come out and see Leonard play....His feet will stomp, the guitar will wail...It's the Blues...And Leonard's taking care of business!!!"
(Martys, B'ham AL 1998)

"Watkin's Originals The Hightlight of Live Show" (The Daily Times, Maryville, TN - 2002)

"guitar virtouso Leonard Watkins and his 1932 National Steel guitar"
(Birmingham Weekly, B'ham Al - 2006)