The Rocks Off 100: Miss Leslie, Queen of the Honky-Tonks


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Good War Story: "Fronting a regional country band in Texas as a female is always an issue," Leslie says. "Until you can get a break or [a] hit, the doors are notoriously more closed than they are for men. I've had a club say that their club didn't like girl singers, and refused to even play a CD during a break at another show to see how it would go over.

"Another club told me that "female singers don't go over well in this county,'" she adds. "County???" On the other hand, she adds, "Sometimes there's just no response."


Music Scene Pet Peeve: "Musicians that complain about how little money they make," says Leslie. "Just because you are talented does not mean that you are going to be successful - in ANY business. And the reality is that it IS a business and has to be treated as such. And there's no guarantee that you will be financially successful."

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Five Desert Island Discs:

  • Aretha Franklin, Greatest Hits
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band, Revelator
  • Merle Haggard, Untamed Hawk: The Early Recordings of Merle Haggard
  • Any Led Zeppelin album
  • Johnny Paycheck, The Real Mr Heartache


Best Concert You Ever Saw? "Tough one," Leslie admits. "But I would say David Ball at Dosey Doe about a year ago. Phenomenal band - great pickers, great songs and beautiful harmonies. I didn't miss the lack of steel guitar. For me, that is HUGE."


First Song You Ever Fell In Love With? When she was a girl in Louisville, Ky., Leslie remembers, "I went to sleep many nights listening to my parents jamming with friends in the basement below me. [Merle Haggard's] 'I'll Break Out Again Tonight' was one I always wanted to hear."


Miss Leslie plays the "Noise for Toys" fundraiser for the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program tonight at McGonigel's Mucky Duck with Lisa Morales, Leslie Krafka, Jennifer James, Kimberly McCarver, Texas Johnny Boy and the Men of Moores, tonight at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, www.mcgonigels.com. Show starts at 7 p.m.


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McGonigel's Mucky Duck

2425 Norfolk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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