Leon Redbone On Mountain Stage A mysterious yet charming performer, Redbone has made his name interpreting Tin Pan Alley, early blues and swing numbers while donning sunglasses and a Panama hat. Acoustic slide bluesman William Lee Ellis follows him on stage.

Leon Redbone On Mountain Stage

Also Performing: William Lee Ellis

Listen Now: Leon Redbone & William Lee Ellis On Mountain Stage

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Leon Redbone Set List

  • "Love Letters in the Sand"
  • "Oh Susannah, Dust Off That Old Piano"
  • "Big Bad Bill Is Sweet William Now"
  • "If We Never Meet Again This Side of Heaven"

William Lee Ellis Set List

  • "Snakes in My Garden"
  • "Maybelline"
  • "Dust Will Write My Name"

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One of the world's most mysterious and fascinating performers, Leon Redbone sings a set of classic Tin Pan Alley, pre-war blues and swing live on Mountain Stage.

Known as much for his distinctive, scruffy voice as he is for his distinctive look — full mustache and perpetually shaded eyes underneath a Panama hat — Redbone frequently tours without letting anyone catch a full glimpse of the man behind the music. Accompanied by Paul Azaro on piano, Redbone's seemingly spontaneous stage banter and charming if unrevealing personality glow in this set.

Acoustic slide bluesman William Lee Ellis also performs in this set, playing songs from his 2006 release God's Tattoos with a deft finger-style technique that mirrors that of the great Rev. Gary Davis. His songs have been recorded by Ana Popovic, Reba Russell and Susan Marshall.

Ellis' father Tony Ellis played banjo for Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys. In fact, the bluegrass legend became William Lee's godfather and his namesake.