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The best kept secret in music



"Spirit", ZR1325-2, 2002 If you love roots music with pop overtones, you’ll never grow weary of Native Son. On par with Dave Matthews, Counting Crows, and India.Arie, Native Son ply organic melodies with expert musicianship, delving deep into strong folk, rock, and jazz influences with an occasional burst of r & b. In other words, they draw from every avenue of American music. Ably commandeered by singer songwriter Wayne Leeloy, the band’s repertoire is open to a wide range of harmonic possibilities. To their credit, Native Son never meander or wander into meaningless jams. Leeloy’s confined baritone and literate lyrics are emotive and serious, as his driving acoustic guitar comping anchors each cut. However Leeloy’s nimble fingered posse, notably violinist Jon Westover and bassist Will Lowrimore provide the thrilling counterpoint and rhythmic acrobatics that lift the songs to a level of mainstream-radio hit potential. From the sentimental retrospection of "As A Child" to the angelic harmonies of "Bird On A Wire" (no, not the Leonard Cohen classic), to the seductive vibe of "Open Book", Spirit is Native Son’s calling card to success outside their borders. Long may they run. ©

- Tom Semioli


"Out of My Hands" - '99
"Native Son - LIVE" - '00
"Memphis Troubadours:3 Chords and the Truth"-'01
"SPIRIT" - '02

Currently streaming w/out player ALL TRACKS from "SPIRIT" at

3 Live Shows streaming pictures and great audio at

3 songs streaming with player @

Local airplay(regular rotation)
107.5 WMPS "The Pig"
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89.9 WEVL
91.1 WKNO


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Native Son has been a band in a state of evolution for many years. Originally formed as an acoustic duo with pianist (though then saxophonist) Lee Sharp and guitarist / songwriter, Wayne LeeLoy, the band honed its craft playing coffeehouses and small bars until the introduction of its first rhythm section in '96.
From there, Native Son experimented with many different influences, styles and melody instruments until settling upon a contagious blend of Latin and Reggae rhythms as the foundation for their intelligent and provoking pop songs.
Violinist Jon westover joined the band in 2000 as a transplant to Memphis from the Berkelley school of music in Boston. Westover and LeeLoy met at a songwriters showcase that LeeLoy hosted for many years called the Memphis Troubadours.
They began playing together and instantly found their silver lining.
Now, the smart pop was fueled by strong rhythms, musicality and a sense for melody that noone had heard in Memphis. And they still haven't!

Native Son is once again breaking new ground with the introduction of 2 new members that perform with them on occasion.
Flamenco guitarist Domingo Montes and Percussionist, Hector Diaz have both lent their virtuosity and rhythm to an already contagious sound; Making the latin hybrid even more irresistable.
In a market that has always screamed for cover bands and songs to get you laid, Native Son has stuck fast to their commitment of original music.
"SPIRIT", their third release on Memphis' own ZARR records, was released in November and was met with rave reviews.
Matchbox Records based out of London, England, picked up one of their tracks to be featured on a "best unsigned bands in the world" compilation, "DISCOVER" that was released in April of '03.

Native Son has continued to tour tirelessly in the southeast and recently won the Memphis Title at the CaboWabo / Hard Rock Cafe standoff.
If the powers that be have any sense of humor, they will be joining the RED ROCKER, Sammy Hagar and the Wabos at the CaboWabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas , Mexico in September as his opening act.

25 bands now compete for the grandprize and voting is online @

In an age of copycat bands and bubble gum sound, Native Son is a breath of fresh air commited to the cause of writing, performing and creating good music and the energy that comes with it.
The players are stylistically diverse and their influences range from Pop to Gospel to Classical and Jazz.
What has emerged is a fresh new sound that is all their own fueled by their love to play music for music's sake. After all, they're from MEMPHIS.