Primary Wave Music
Tribute album pays tribute to Leon Russell's music!
Limited edition colored vinyl LP
Featuring artists Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Pixies, Bootsy Collins, Orville Peck, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Tina Rose, Russell's daughter, is featured on "Laying Right Here in Heaven" along with Amy Nelson (daughter of Willie) and Jason Hill
Margo Price is leading off a new all-star tribute album to Leon Russell, A Song for Leon, with her take on the great singer-songwriter's 1971 tune, "Stranger in a Strange Land."
“I’ve always loved Leon Russell’s vibe and approach to music and life in general,” Price says in the announcement. “I completely fell in love with him after watching the documentary by Les Blank called A Poem Is a Naked Person. I had the pleasure of briefly meeting him at a show many years ago in the hallway. I always remember what he said during the live interview that day, which was that ‘It was his job to misinform the press.’ He was an old man at the time, but I’ll never forget how mischievous he seemed.”
Price described "Stranger in a Strange Land" as a "prolific" song and noted that, since recording the cover, it's become a staple at her live shows.
"The monologue in the middle is my favorite," Price said. "It still seems absolutely pertinent and its subject still matters today. He's talking about the afterlife and equality and goes off about starting a new race where we all just learn to love each other. We can all learn a thing of two from Leon Russell."
Along with Price, A Song for Leon will feature contributions from Orville Peck, Pixies, Nathaniel Ratliff and the Night Sweats, Hiss Golden Messenger, Monica Martin, and Durand Jones and the Indications. Russell's daughter Tina Rose will also appear on the album, partnering with Jason Hill and Amy Nelson (Willie Nelson's daughter) for a rendition of "Laying Right Here in Heaven."
A Song for Leon will feature a couple of other unique collaborations, too. Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie will link up with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for a take on "Back to the Island." And U.S. Girls will team with funk great Bootsy Collins for a rendition of "Superstar," the Carpenters classic Russell co-wrote with Bonnie Bramlett.
|Stranger in a Strange Land - Margo Price
|Out in the Woods - Durand Jones & the Indications
|Tight Rope - Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
|This Masquerade - Orville Peck
|Superstar - U.S. Girls with Bootsy Collins
|Crystal Closet Queen - Pixies
|A Song for You - Monica Martin