The L.A. Times calls Leslie Stevens “one of the city’s best” with a voice like “a rounded shining thing that evokes Patsy Cline’s sass and sorrow in one swoop.” She has performed her endearing Americana roots compositions on N.P.R. released two records with her former band Leslie Stevens and The Badgers, and toured nationally to rave reviews. A solo debut, The Donkey and The Rose, recorded with critically acclaimed producer and artist Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids, was released in October 2016. Album credits include Brian Wilson and Father John Misty, Electric Guest; her original compositions have been licensed by ABC, Fox, NBC, Showtime, Ridley and Tony Scott's Production Company and George Landow; and film music credits include Burning Palms, Madagascar 3, and Little Birds. Stevens has had the privilege of being asked to sing live with Dawes, John Fogerty, Jim James, Joe Walsh, Jackson Browne, Bob Weir, Lucinda Williams, Jonathan Wilson, Jenny O. and Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers. She has toured nationally with Elizabeth Cooke, Roky Erickson & Okkervil River and The Milk Carton Kids. Stevens teaches an advanced songwriting class at Los Angeles College of Music. Her songwriting collaborations include writing with the children of Dave Eggers’ non-profit 826LA to create the record Chickens in Love.
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"Loudon Wainwright was backstage and he caught my arm as I was leaving the stage lights and he put his hand on his heart in this way and asked me not to stop, ever."