Leroy Powell and The Messengers

Leroy Powell and The Messengers

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RUST ROCK MUSIC - Outlaw country, southern rock, electric blues. Guitar Player Magazine hailed, “half his riffs smell like beer and honky-tonks, while the other half sound like redneck cousins of Led Zeppelin.”

Biography

He grew up in Redlands, Ca, where his father started him out singing and playing guitar at the age of ten. Powell would later learn to play bass, drums, harmonica, fiddle, and pedal steel. He moved to Los Angeles in 1998 and started singing and playing with Funk, R&B, blues, and rock bands including members of Spearhead, Fishbone, Gene Loves Jezebel, Blink 182, and Ike Turner. In 2001 Leroy started to focus on a more countrified sound and began to experiment with adding all of his other musical influences blending classic country with psychedelic rock and blues. Leroy played with Shooter Jennings from 2004-2007. They recorded four albums together and toured across the country. Albums include - Put the “O” Back in Country, Electric Rodeo, Live at Irving Plaza, and The Wolf. Leroy wrote many songs for that project including “Lonesome Blues,” “Busted in Baylor County,” “Hair of the Dog,” “The Alligator Chomp”{sung by Tony Joe White}, and ”Slow Train”{sung with the Oakridge Boys}. In 2007 he released his self-titled album, LEROY POWELL a nod to classic 70’s country records co-produced with Dave Cobb. Powell played guitars, dobros, and harmonicas on the post-humous recordings of Waylon Jennings, titled Waylon Forever, released Oct. 21st, 2008 on Vagrant Records. Also you can hear Leroy’s guitar and pedal steel work on the fall 2008 movie and soundtrack, Soul Men, starring Bernie Mac and Samuel Jackson in which Leroy was included in the incredible band that recreated the original Stax sound. There he played with Stanley Clarke, John Legend, Freddie Washington, Patrice Rushen, James Gadsen, and Steve Ferrone.

Discography

New Release - Atlantis -

Angles & Curves is an independent release recorded in collaboration with legendary music producer, Eddie Kramer{Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin,Kiss} and Mike Bradford{Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker}.

Paranoid is a collection of music independently released. Yet another collection of songs produced in collaboration with Eddie Kramer. These works reflect a heavy blues and rock influence in the style of Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, and Frank Zappa.