Colorado native Dominick Leslie warms up the national bluegrass scene – Colorado Daily
I kind of ended a long series of chronicles on the recording last week, which spanned the entire New Year so far, shifting to an unexpected album review and providing little transition.
Sorry! When good music comes in, I have to move on. Grant Gordy’s “Interpreter” is always heating up my stereo system, and I hope you’ve all had a chance to check it out.
We’re not going to be back in the professional audio world for a while, but that’s only because there is so much to be said on the listening side.
And continuing with the theme from last week, I think we’re going to be hovering over the music for a hot minute.
The music, the source, is where it all begins, and it’s the most variable aspect of a stereo system, period. Whether you love good music musically or music that sounds just right (there is a difference!), Nothing has more to say about the quality of your experience than the quality of the music.
Today we are going to see another young crossover-acoustic bluegrass artist living in Brooklyn but originally from Colorado, a mandolin player named Dominick Leslie.
For Colorado bluegrass fans, he’s a long known entity. In 2004 Dominick became the youngest winner of the Rockygrass Mandolin Competition, and before that he was composing and recording his own work.
Over the next several years, Dom took off and grew and grown as a gamer, eventually attending the Berklee School of Music and connecting with more than a few acoustic rising stars along the way.
After Berklee, he performed in several groups and even stopped twice at the studios of Colorado Daily’s Second Story Garage – once with epic young bluegrass supergroup The Deadly Gentlemen, and once with a young bluegrass / string quartet. epic classic named, aptly, The Brotet.
Soon her marriage to rising acoustic folk star Phoebe Hunt (of Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers) meant Dominick had a new band to add to the roster. Today he continues to tour and record with his wife’s band, which released three singles late last year – “Baba Vega”, “November” and “December Again”.
So as not to sit still and be a part of only a few bands, Leslie cuts, solo and creates magical mandolin lines for another epic new supergroup of young bluegrass. This one’s called Hawktail, and they released their second album, “Formations”, just a few weeks ago.
I’ll close with a recent story about the busy mandolinist.
If you know who Ricky Skaggs is, you know he’s the bluegrass legend with a capital EGEND, and perhaps the most famous mandolin player of all time. He helped resuscitate the genre and carried the torch of old “Appalachian folk rock music,” as he calls it, or ancient bluegrass music.
So when he had shoulder surgery last year and couldn’t play a mando, who did Ricky Skaggs call to play his mandolin parts for him while he sang, on six shows on tour with Kentucky Thunder?
Our guy, the fastest fingers in the Foothills, Mr. Dominick Leslie himself. True story. Check out Hawktail’s “Trainings” if you get the chance this weekend – it’s amazing.