Piper Leigh & The Smokin' Section

Piper Leigh & The Smokin' Section

 Arkansas City, Kansas, USA
BandRockBlues Rock

Piper Leigh & The Smokin’ Section will take you on a ride. Jumping from Blues to Rock to Soul to Motown, this group is tasteful, grounded in the groove, and loved by hippies everywhere!
Piper's sound has the bluesy, earthy feel of Susan Tedeschi or Janis Joplin, while also capturing the emotion and musical adventurism of fellow genre-hopping artist, Eva Cassidy. She is at one moment an explosive force and, the next moment, a smoky chanteuse.

Biography

Piper Leigh & The Smokin Section will take you on a ride, son! Jumping from Blues to Rock to Reggae, to Soul to Bluegrass, this group is tasteful, grounded in the groove, and loved by hippies everywhere!
Piper's sound has the bluesy, gravel-gargled and earthy feel of Susan Tedeschi or Janis Joplin, while also capturing the emotion and musical adventurism of fellow genre-hopping artist, Eva Cassidy. She is at one moment an explosive force and, the next moment, a smoky chanteuse.

Piper has independently produced two CDs:
"A Night at the Cabaret," is a live recording of 'enjoy-the-show' experience. Her original songs, "It Ain't Me," "1,000 Miles From Sunday," and "Down On Beale," are surrounded by such an eclectic collection of styles that there's sure to be something everyone can enjoy. This CD is a window into Piper's versatility as a performer; and,

Self-titled, Piper Leigh, (2009), is all original work (including a hymn on the final track). Many of these songs focus on motherhood, love and the hard to bear - but harder to admit - feelings that can sometimes accompany each. 

Piper has performed in Wichita KS's esteemed Orpheum Theatre, The Cabaret Old Town Theatre, The Rodeo Club (opening for Phil Vassar) and The Cotillion Ballroom (opening for Jo Bonomossa). In July 2001, she was invited to perform in Ireland with Irish singer/guitarist, Gerry O'Beirne. She recorded a show for National Public Radio at Manheim Steamroller's Omaha recording complex, Studio B, in January 2003. The show debuted on Tom May's NPR program, River City Folk, later that year.
Right now Piper Leigh & The Smokin' Section have a tightness and rhythm that seems unstoppable...oh, that Groove!

Lyrics

My Good Day

Written By: Piper Leigh

MY GOOD DAY

FROM A LITTLE TINY BABY TO A TALL GROWN MAN
GONNA MAKE SOME MEMORIES THE BEST I CAN
I WON’T LET THE LITTLE THINGS MAKE ME CRY
‘CAUSE I KNOW WHAT CAN MAKE ME FEEL BETTER
A SMILE FROM MY KIDS OR A SAPPY LOVE LETTLER
THAT ORNERY LOOK OF LOVE IN MY BABY’S EYES
TO SEE THAT LOOK OF LOVE IN MY BABY’S EYES

MY GOOD DAY IS SMILIN’ AT ME
HE’S 3 FEET TALL AND HE MAKES ME HAPPY
I DON’T FEEL THE WORLD ON MY SHOULDERS
MY GOOD DAY IS FULL OF ACTION
HE’S A RED-HEAD BOY WITH A TRACTOR PASSION
I DON’T MIND IF THE RAIN COMES DOWN TODAY
‘CAUSE I’VE GOT MY GOOD DAY

(instr.)

NOW I’M HARD AT WORK ALL DAY LONG
ALL I REALLY WANNA DO IS GET BACK HOME
MAKIN’ THAT MONEY AIN’T THE SAME AS GETTIN’ BY
BUT I KNOW WHAT CAN MAKE ME FEEL BETTER
A GOOD OLD-FASHIONED FAMILY GET-TOGETHER
TO SEE THAT LOOK OF LOVE IN MY BABY’S EYES
TO SEE THAT LOOK OF LOVE IN MY BABY’S EYES

MY GOOD DAY IS SMILIN’ AT ME
HE’S 5 FOOT 9 AND HE’S CRAZY ‘BOUT ME
I DON’T FEEL THE WORLD ON MY SHOULDERS
MY GOOD DAY IS FULL OF ACTION
HE’S A RED-NECK BOY WITH A TRACTOR PASSION
I DON’T MIND IF THE RAIN COMES DOWN TODAY
‘CAUSE I’VE GOT MY GOOD DAY

Bridge: HE’S A GOOD DAY FOR LYIN’ IN THE SUN
AND A GOOD DAY FOR GETTIN’ NOTHING DONE
I DON’T MIND IF THE RAIN COMES DOWN TODAY

Bloom Where You're Planted

Written By: Piper Leigh

I MET A MAN WHO CAME FROM ARIZONA
AT A COFFEE SHOP THE OTHER DAY DOWN SOUTH
SAID HE NEEDED A CHANGE OF SCENE
HE’S HEADED SOME PLACE THAT’S GREEN
GONNA TRY TO TURN HIS LIFE AROUND SOMEHOW
THE DESERT AIR WAS TOO DRY FOR HIS SENSES
THE LOVE HE FOLLOWED OUT THERE HAD TURNED COLD
HE WAS A YOUNG MAN WHEN HE WENT THERE
BUT HARD LIVIN’ MADE HIM OLD
FOUND OUT QUICK THOSE STREETS WEREN’T PAVED OF GOLD
I TOLD HIM

BLOOM WHERE YOU’RE PLANTED HAVE A SEED TO SOW
TRY TO BE A GOOD FRIEND
DON’T JUST RELY ON THOSE YOU KNOW
AND IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN TROUBLE
THE LORD WILL SEE YOU THROUGH
BLOOM WHERE YOU’RE PLANTED
AND LET THE GOOD LIFE COME TO YOU

NOW THIS LESSON’S ONE THAT I LEARNED FROM MY DADDY
WHEN I WAS YOUNG WE’D MOVE FROM TOWN TO TOWN
I WOULD COMPLAIN LIKE CHILDREN OFTEN DO
I’D ASK HIM WHY WE COULDN’T SETTLE DOWN
HE SAID THAT’S WHAT IT TAKES TO FEED A FAMILY
LIFE AIN’T ALWAYS EASY BUT IT’S GOOD
NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE
YOU’RE UNDERNEATH THE SAME OLD STARS
AND I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING KID IF I COULD
HE’D TELL ME

(chorus)

YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE PLANNED THIS LIFE
BUT YOUR THOUGHTS WILL GET YOU FAR
THIS ONE THING I’VE LEARNED
YOU’VE GOT TO BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE

Let's Get Together

Written By: Piper Leigh

BABY I DON’T BELIEVE WE’VE MET
I COME AROUND OFTEN, DON’T YOU, DON’T YOU
DON’T YOU THINK WE COULD TALK A LITTLE WHILE
ABOUT THE WEATHER

MY MIND’S A LITTLE CLOUDY
TELL ME YOUR NAME AGAIN, TELL ME AGAIN
TELL ME AGAIN ABOUT YOUR MONEY
AND HONEY, LET’S GET TOGETHER

(INSTR.)

WELL BABY, AIN’T THE PRETEND BEEN FUN
LET’S GET ON HOME AND GET OUR JAMMIES ON
YOU PUT THE KIDS IN BED AND MAYBE I’LL JUST REST MY HEAD
AND LATER ON
BABY YOU AND ME
LET”S GET TOGETHER

Jenny Left Home

Written By: Piper Leigh

JENNY LEFT HOME WHEN SHE WAS A YOUNG GIRL
SHE KEPT ON RUNNIN’ ‘TIL SHE TURNED 18
HER DADDY’S BACK HAND OUTLINED ON HER LEFT CHEEK
IMPRINTED IN HER MEMORY GONNA BREAK THE ROUTINE

‘CAUSE THERE’S A BETTER LIFE CALLIN’ ON DOWN THE TRACK
WHERE YOU CHOOSE YOUR OWN FAMILY
AND THERE’S NO LOOKIN’ BACK
A BUTTERFLY IN THE SKY AND A BIRD IN THE TREE
HAS GOTTA BE BETTER THAN BEING ME
GOTTA BE BETTER THAN BEING ME

JOHNNY FIXED CARS WHEN HE WAS A YOUNG MAN
HE’D KEEP THE ENGINES RUNNIN’ AS BEST AS HE CAN
ALL THE FOLKS SAID THAT’S ALL HE’S EVER GONNA DO
BUT HE’S GOT HIS OWN PLANS HE’S GONNA TRAVEL, TOO

SUSIE’S GOT JOE SINCE SHE WAS 19
HER WHOLE LIFE’S WRAPPED UP IN HER DIAMOND RING
BUT HE NEVER COMES HOME AND THE KIDS DON’T CALL
NOW SHE’S GETTIN’ DRESSED UP SHE’S LEAVIN’ AFTER ALL

Take

Written By: Piper Leigh

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A MAN
REALIZE WHAT I AM
WHAT DOES IT TAKE FOR HIM TO SEE THE GIRL I WANT TO BE
SO MUCH MORE THAN HE TAKES ME TO BE

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A GIRL
GO OUT INTO HER WORLD
DISCOVER ALL SHE’S MEANT TO FIND
A RESTLESS HEART, A PEACEFUL MIND
ALL THE BEAUTY THAT COMES FROM THE DIVINE

DON’T ASK ME WHAT YOU’RE MEANT TO SEE
YOU’RE SOMEONE ELSE APART FROM ME
AND I CAN’T TELL YOU WHERE YOU’RE MEANT TO GO
BUT I CAN TELL YOU WHAT I’VE FOUND
THERE’S PEACE TO FIND ON HOLY GROUND
SOMETIME’S A LIFE APART IS SO UNCLEAR

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A MAN
COME TO UNDERSTAND
ALL HE’S SET APART TO BE, A COMFORT TO THE WEARY
I DON’T HOLD THE ANSWERS, BUT YOU CAN
GOD IS WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE A MAN

Got A Sense

Written By: Piper Leigh

DID YOU EVER HEAR A WHIPPORWHIL
SINGIN’ ON YOUR WINDOW SILL AT DAWN?
DID YOU EVER FEEL A RAINDROP SOAK
THROUGH THE FIBERS OF THE WINTER COAT YOU HAVE ON?
DID YOU EVER HEAR A BABY CRY
FOR HIS MAMA IN THE STILL OF NIGHT AND YAWN?
OR HEAR AN OLD FAMILIAR SONG
THAT TAKES YOU TO A TIME AND PLACE YOU ONCE BELONGED?

WELL FOR ALL THAT I HAVE HEARD AND SEEN
MY GREATEST JOY IS THIS DIAMOND RING
OH BABY, GOT A SENSE ABOUT THESE THINGS
WELL THERE’S TWO THINGS THAT I KNOW ARE TRUE
JESUS LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO
OH BABY, GOT A SENSE ABOUT THESE THINGS

DID YOU EVER SEE THE SUNLIGHT BREAK
THROUGH THE ANGRY CLOUDS AND MAKE THE RAINDROPS SHINE?
DID YOU EVER SMELL THE FRESH CUT GRASS
AND WISH THAT YOU COULD MAKE IT LAST THROUGH TIME?
DID YOU EVER TASTE A TANGERINE
HOW THE SOURNESS AND SWEETNESS SEEM SO FINE?
OR SEE A DISTANT HIGHWAY SIGN
THAT MEANS YOU’RE CLOSER TO YOUR HOUSE AND MINE?

WELL FOR ALL THAT I HAVE SEEN AND HEARD
“I LOVE YOU” ARE THE SWEETEST WORDS
OH BABY, GOT A SENSE ABOUT THESE THINGS
WELL THERE’S THREE THINGS THAT I KNOW ARE REAL
DEATH AND TAXES AND THE WAY I FEEL
OH BABY, GOT A SENSE ABOUT THESE THINGS

OH MY BABY, GOT A SENSE ABOUT THESE THINGS

Discography

"A Night at the Cabaret," (2007) is a recording of two Live shows combined for a great enjoy-the-show experience. Some of Piper's original songs, "It Ain't Me," "1,000 Miles From Sunday," and "Down On Beale," are surrounded by such an eclectic collection of styles that there's sure to be something everyone can enjoy. This CD is a window into Piper's versatility as a performer.

“Piper Leigh,” (2009) is Piper’s first solo EP and all her original work (with a hymn as the final track). Many of Leigh's songs focus on motherhood, love and the hard to bear - but harder to admit - feelings that can sometimes accompany each. Versatility and variety is the key on this record – you will definitely hear a blues crooner followed by a tango!

Set List

An Example:

45-1hr set (up to 3 sets)

1. My Good Day
2. Let's Get Together
3. Come To Me
4. Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean (Susan Tedeschi cover)
5. Jenny Left Home
6. Take
7. The Daydreamer
8. Mr. Seigal (Tom Waits cover)
9. Bloom Where You're Planted
10. Got A Sense
11. 1000 Miles From Sunday
12. Down On Beale
13. Don't Think Twice (Bob Dylan cover)
14. Midnight Train to Georgia (Gladys Knight cover)
15. Travelin' Shoes (African trad. cover)
16. Mercedes Benz (Janis Joplin cover)