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Written & Performed by BJ Leiderman
For almost 40 years, BJ Leiderman's unforgettable themes have graced some of the most popular shows on National Public Radio, including Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me!, Car Talk (Stump The Chumps theme) and Science Friday.
BJ is his debut album of original Pop and Rock songs, written over the last three decades. The songs run the gamut from heartfelt ballads to hysterically funny "story tunes" to serious social commentary. There is something here for everyone.
Backed Up by The Randall Bramblett Band
Randall Bramblett’s distinguished body of work is defined by a triple threat career as an acclaimed solo artist, an in-demand songwriter and a first call sideman. Among the artists who’ve recorded and performed Bramblett’s songs are Bettye LaVette, Hot Tuna, Delbert McClinton and most notably, Bonnie Raitt, who opened her 2014 Grammy winner, Slipstream, with one of his songs.
In the ’70s he was a member of the seminal jazz/rock group Sea Level and as a sideman has toured with Gregg Allman, Widespread Panic and Levon Helm. Steve Winwood was such a fan of Bramblett’s keyboard, sax and vocal performances that he made Bramblett his go-to tour mate for 16 years, including the ’94 Traffic reunion.
Randall and his band, including guitarist Nick Johnson, bassist Michael C. Steele and Seth Hendershot on drums, injects Natural Public Leiderman with a powerful shot of honest and REAL Rock & Roll.
Featuring Guest Artist Béla Fleck
There are some who say he’s the world’s premier banjo player. Others claim that Béla has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a range of solo projects and collaborations. If you are familiar with Béla, you know that he just loves to play the banjo, and put it into unique settings, which he does brilliantly on three instrumentals on Natural Public Leiderman.
Produced by Mixerman
Eric Sarafin, aka Mixerman, is a Grammy award-winning producer and engineer with 25 years experience in the Los Angeles music scene. He has worked with top artists including Foreigner, Ben Harper, The Pharcyde, Hillary Duff, Amy Grant, Jeff Lorber, David Cassidy and Ian Moore.
His "Zen and the Art Of" book series has entertained thousands of readers with the story of life in the record business.
Mastered by Dave Collins
Dave Collins in the award-winning mastering engineer who has worked with a cornucopia of superstars, including Bruce Springsteen, Alice Cooper, Ben Harper, Blue Oyster Cult, Chicago, Don Henley, Duran Duran, Gin Blossoms, Jack Johnson, Jon Bon Jovi, Madonna, Metallica, Spinal Tap, The Avett Brothers and The Police.