Spirit Hustler is modern classic rock from the Bay Area born of an acoustic heart and layered with cosmic electricity. Featuring singer/songwriter Jimmy Leslie (Guitar Player, Guitarfish, Shana Morrison), slide ace Jules Leyhe (Allmond Brothers), bassist
Steven La Bella (Pamela Parker), drummer Adam Briere (New School of Jazz) and percussionist Jeremy Hoenig (Melvin Seals & JGB) the group that spawned from the Guitarfish Family Band is celebrating the release of its self-titled debut album cut at
Lucky Recording Company with psychedelic artwork by Alan Forbes (Black Crowes,CRB).
A Theatre of the Mind in two acts, imaginative songs inspired by actual experiences are like animated audio art. “The Spirit of ’69” considers how advancing technology since the Moon Landing has transformed life in the mobile phone age, and an impromptu
performance at Reverbia served as the livestream soundtrack for the incredible Drone Man show at this year’s Renegade Burn (100k YouTube views). “Devil Deal” takes a sexy she-demon spin on the infamous bluesman at the crossroads scenario. “Honey
Moon” summons the spirit of Yosemite. “Hard-Fought Magic” is Leslie’s perspective on co-founding the Guitarfish Music Festival. Very special guests including mandolin/guitarist James Nash (The Waybacks) and more TBA will be on hand to bring the textured layers of the epic recording to life.
The Family Jules Band
This ain’t your granddaddy’s blues—heck, it ain’t even your daddy’s blues. Guitarist Jules Leyhe is on an entirely different trip, juxtaposing futuristic elements with down-home tones. Leyhe has performed with Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Jimmy Vivino, Fantastic
Negrito, played the National Anthem at the Oakland Coliseum, and been featured in Guitar Player, Premier Guitar, and Vintage Guitar. Leyhe’s new album Your First Rodeo is a whimsical mashup of blues, hip-hop, fusion, rock and Latin music. Conceived
and constructed using vivid fantasy, the Berklee grad imagined what it would sound like to pair signature elements from diametrically opposed artists. Picture Duane Allman jamming with jazz piano great Gil Evans, or Jimi Hendrix playing in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Family Jules Band featuring saxophonist Nancy Wright (John Lee Hooker, Elvin Bishop), keyboardist Ian McArdle (Oberlin Conservatory), drummer Isaac Schwartz (Rappin’ 4-Tay) plus bassist Steve Evans (Etta James, Chris Cain) brings a funky jazz flavor to Leyhe’s fantastical vision.