Uncle Leon and the Alibis
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Uncle Leon and the Alibis replied to Uncle Leon and the Alibis's discussion 'Kickass Opening Band Wanted' in the group Brooklyn/New York
"We just found somebody. But thanks for getting in touch. I'll check out your site now! - Leon"
Feb 5
Patrick Strain replied to Uncle Leon and the Alibis's discussion 'Kickass Opening Band Wanted' in the group Brooklyn/New York
"I'd say my band would be into it, but we're booked that night.  Either way, we should swap shows sometime.   www.tumbleweedhighway.com"
Feb 5
Uncle Leon and the Alibis added a discussion to the group Brooklyn/New York
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Kickass Opening Band Wanted

Uncle Leon and the Alibis are looking for a band to open for us on Saturday, March 1st at Hank's Saloon in Brooklyn. All our usual buddies are busy washing their hair that night (or so they tell us...) It's a Saturday, and our first full-band show in almost a year, so it's gonna be a wild one.Looking for an electric band, on the fun and upbeat side, in the vein of classic honky-tonk/country-rock/cowpunk. No rockabilly, please. (We like the music, but for some reason rockabilly fans hate us.…See More
Feb 5
Uncle Leon and the Alibis joined Mercy Bell's group
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Brooklyn/New York

Brooklyn (and the rest of New York's) musical community is pretty wild and far reaching, and it's roots scene is a vibrant part of that. Keep us and fellow roots fans up to date with what's happening and what's playing in Brooklyn/NYC.
Nov 8, 2012
A song by Uncle Leon and the Alibis was featured

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Wild Ways
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Nov 7, 2012
Uncle Leon and the Alibis replied to Midwestern Lull's discussion 'everyone post your music here...'
"Here's a brand-new song called "Loving a Cowboy", off our upcoming album: http://uncleleon.com/lovingacowboy You can hear the rest of our stuff here: http://uncleleon.com/music Enjoy. - Uncle Leon"
Nov 6, 2012
Uncle Leon and the Alibis posted a song

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03:54
Nov 6, 2012
Uncle Leon and the Alibis posted photos
Sep 14, 2012
Uncle Leon and the Alibis posted songs
Sep 14, 2012
Uncle Leon and the Alibis commented on Rachel C's blog post 'Free Music: Uncle Leon and the Alibis'
""Whiskey and Weed and Big-Titted Women" will indeed be included on the new album. In the meantime, you can see a live video version of it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcEiEArFdX8"
Aug 7, 2012
Uncle Leon and the Alibis is now a member of No Depression Americana and Roots Music
Aug 7, 2012

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Our new studio album, "Wild Ways", is now available online.

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Bio

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.

Longtime fans know them best for their upbeat, country-fried tunes about beer, big butts, and monster trucks–or for their accidental cult hit, “Roller Derby Saved My Soul”.

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.

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Created by No Depression Feb 17, 2009 at 9:06pm. Last updated by No Depression Sep 24, 2012.