Leslie Krafka
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Leslie Krafka

Houston, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Houston, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
Solo Americana Folk


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"CD Review"

The enthusiasm of mine is also shared by her former mentor Terri Hendrix on the song Mary vocal asssistentie verleent.In her home was Leslie Krafka's ode to the wandering troubadours and storytellers (Wandering Troubadours) by the Houston Songwriting Association nominated for the best self-written number from 2010. Houston is captivated by the star in the making. "The White Sessions" is a successful debut of a rare talent in writing songs casual. Someone who is a breakthrough in our country deserves - Alt Country Forum - JohnJohn Schoenmakers

"CD Review"

When I see an album coming out of White Cat Studios, I am certain that Jack Saunders has turned out another great project. I’m always in for a great listen from an artist who has plenty to say. As good as Jack is, I know what to expect and I am rarely surprised. Every now and then, however, Jack connects with an artist that is so prepared to record a phenomenal disc that he has little to do other than just do his thing and let the magic happen. Jack has connected with Leslie Krafka and now the world can hear the results of this partnership. First, Krafka is an excellent songstress, penning all but one of this baker’s dozen release. Her songs target love and relationships, both good and bad, peppered with the occasional poignant tune about life experience, and a clever song about Mary. Krafka’s voice is outstanding, acting as the lead instrument on every track. I’ve often written about the difference between singing a song and just opening one’s mouth and blowing air while reciting the words. Krafka sings each offering by immersing herself entirely into each scene, making you believe every word. Saunders produces the instrumentation in such a way as to perfectly frame every track, adding just the right amount of emotion and dynamic. Saunders lends his talents to the disc on several instruments, and an adept class of pickers are assembled, including old friends Rick Richards and Wayne Wilkerson. An interesting observation about White Cat is that when Saunders, Richards, and Wilkerson are collected for a recording, you won’t be disappointed, and the outcome is often an enhancement of whomever steps up to the microphone. In this case, Krafka truly takes the lead and Saunders lets her strength motivate the musicians. In this case, the performances are expertly framed around Krafka’s insightful lyrics. The album is very entertaining, and each track is a gem. While a little long for radio, “All The Luck” is the most likely lead single, with “Wandering Troubadour” serving as an excellent follow up. “You’ll Never See Me Cry” would make the tertiary list, as would the bluegrass-feeling “Does Your Heart Long For Me.” If Krafka can assemble a band that can reproduce on stage what Jack has built in the White Cat, she will quickly become a Texas music household name.
- Lucky Boyd - My Texas Music


Still working on that hot first release.



Call it destiny or call it luck when Leslie found her passion at a songwriters workshop hosted by the delightful duo Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines, who by the way are co-producing Leslies sophomore CD Onward due out in early 2014.  Looking back on the workshop experience, I was so naveIt was one of those moments in life when you say yes and it changes everything.

Since that workshop Leslie has worked hard at her craft.  She was rewarded by the Houston Songwriters Association who named her Songwriter of the Year, as well as naming her song Wondering Troubadour Song of the Year.  Other recognitions followed, being named a Regional Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival; as well as having her CD The White Cat Sessions nominated by the Academy of Texas Music for the Academy Award of Distinction.  Awards are fine Leslie reflected, but the best reward is knowing that my music connects with someone.  Thats satisfying. 

When broaching the subject of her new record Leslie lit up, Im very excited about it.  Im working with my dream team and the songs sound so amazing.  After hearing some of the new material, like the energetic Wine, Women and Song, or Stay with Me, a love song with a dash of angst, its clear Leslie has continued in her quest to craft ever better songs.  With this recording Leslie Krafka is primed to venture outside of Texas and take her music into other parts of the country.

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