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Uncle Leon got his start performing Johnny Cash songs in the subways of New York City. “If you can sing ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ in front of a bunch of surly New York teenagers, then you can do anything.”
The Detroit-bred singer spent his first year in New York convinced that he was the only person in town who’d ever heard of Hank Williams. But all that changed the night he walked into Hank’s Saloon—an ancient, notorious dive bar in downtown Brooklyn—and suddenly found himself in the midst of a surprisingly fertile underground honky-tonk scene. It was there that he met future bassist Neil Magnuson and guitarist Charlie “Chedda” Aceto. Soon after, the band Uncle Leon and the Alibis was born.
But on the band’s new full-length studio release, Wild Ways, Uncle Leon’s world takes a much darker turn: Lovers cheat, mothers pop pills, longtime friends grow “old and lame”, and even the uptempo drinking songs seem tinged with an aftertaste of hangover and regret.
Despite the gloomier subject matter, the band’s outlaw energy and trademark twang continue to shine through. And with titles like “Whiskey and Weed and Big-Titted Women”, no one’s going to be mistaking Leon for Leonard Cohen anytime soon. But beneath the singer’s bawdy, booze-swilling exterior lurks some serious songwriting, backed by one of the most vivacious gangs of cowpunks to ever stumble their way onto a New York City stage.
Previously, Uncle Leon and the Alibis have released two self-produced studio albums: Drunk and Roller Derby Saved My Soul, as well as the 2010 live album, That’s My Shit! Uncle Leon also recorded a limited-edition vinyl single, “The Bartender”, for Metropolicana Records in Scotland.
Two of the band’s songs, “Big Idea” and “Drugstore Roses”, were featured in the independent feature film My Best Day, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.
Locally, they’ve had the pleasure of opening for several notable indie-roots characters, including The Legendary Shack Shakers, Joe Buck, and Eddie Spaghetti of the Supersuckers. Uncle Leon is also the founder of the website Brooklyn Country.
Uncle Leon and the Alibis are currently putting the finishing touches on Wild Ways.
Uncle Leon and the Alibis are:
Leon Chase – Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
Neil Magnuson – Bass and Backing Vocals
Charlie “Chedda” Aceto – Lead Guitar
Dave Varriale – Drums*
*NOTE: Dave Varriale appears only on That’s My Shit! and Wild Ways.