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Warren Jackson Hearne / Press

“If you have not heard them before (where have you been?) just try to imagine what Tim Burton would have sounded like if he had created a band, instead of movies, just subtract the claymation and replace it with the musical genius of Paul Slavens and the poetic mastermind of Michael Constantine McConnell. But I think it is the deep and resonating vocals of Warren Jackson Hearne that attracts me the most to this band. The trance like state I am in while listening to this guy sing is not a very common occurrence, which makes him truly something to behold.”

“The band that has become Warren Jackson Hearne & Le Leek Electrique brings back previous project musicians Tex Bosley and Dan Dockrill as well as honed and trained performers Mike Shields, Matt Moore, Zach Landreneau, and Ryan Williams. Their performances are to be heartily drunken to, appreciated alone or with company, and listened to repeatedly with each listen peeling back layers of unique musicianship, lyrics, and storytelling.”

“Warren Jackson Hearne's got style. Whether you're talking about his clothes, his hair, his voice, his swagger or his music, everything about him is authentically and uniquely him. And even after decades of performing and artistry, he remains respectful, even reverent of those who came before and of the company he is in. Discovering his passion for music at his dad's knee was the first step in a journey that has brought him both to a new brink of musical experimentation and back home to Texas, to share it with us.”

“Increasingly fascinating when compared to the sort of popular local nature folkies he and his band could musically chew up and spit out..."”

“A southern ballad maker, crafting songs you wish you could hear in the streets of a late 1800s gold panning outpost..."”

“Favorite bands I've shared a bill with: Reverend Glasseye, the Slow Poisoner, the Voodoo Organist, Billy Joe Shaver, the Thriftstore Cowboys, the Diamond Center, and just about every other band in Denton, TX.”

“he lineup is also his most polished and well-rounded. On Le Leek Electrique's new release, The Aquaticus EP, the damned western narratives of Hearne's solo material are rounded out with rich southern jazz textures that breath some much-needed life into the otherwise inauspicious batch of tales.”

“A big band with an even bigger sound. The EP The Aquatics is a relatively short album that can be best described as a Rock 'n' Roll, Jazz, and Folk mashup”

“Warren Hearne was up next, and his new band, Le Leek Electrique, injects some soul into his ever-evolving oeuvre. Even though the horn section (which includes Jeff Barnes of Brave Combo) and bassist Ryan Williams (who is currently touring with the Boxcar Bandits) were not in attendance, the spirit of the group was unmistakable. Drummer Tex Bosley, guitarist Dan Dockrill, violinist Tamara Brown and bassist Zack Landreneau were perfect in their dark delivery.”

“Warren Jackson Hearne was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to exceptionally musical parents, Lindy and Lynda Hearne. His father still gets royalty checks from his many appearances on Hee-Haw, and Al Green covered his gospel song, "Holy Spirit Come Down On Me," off his 1982 album, Vessel of Love. His parents toured in the backing band for country music legend Roy Clark, and it was on that tour in 1979 that Lynda became pregnant and the family decided to settle down in Tulsa. The Hearnes started Warren on music early, enrolling him in piano lessons when he was only 3, but he quit at 6. "I don't think I ever liked practicing, was the thing," he says."It was a combination of not wanting to practice and the fact that I didn't want to learn anyone else's method."”

“It seems that everything Warren Jackson Hearne touches turns to gold. The wickedly captivating singer-songwriter heads up a haunting, jazz-folk outfit whose music sounds like it was created at the turn of the century.”

“Warren Jackson Hearne may not technically be from Lubbock, but he damn, should be. He’s essentially an adopted son amongst the established. The Denton-based Hearne did something most musicians wouldn’t have the backbone to do last year. He changed his sound drastically from an old bluesy–almost exclusively acoustic instruments–to an almost exclusively electric jazz band that would drive Tom Waits and Cab Calloway to jealousy.”

"Doubters in Hearne's massive leap forward need look no further than Musa Dagh tracks 'Death You're So Cold' and 'God Will Strike Me Down,' which are transformed from semi-standard folk tracks into fully-realized southern jazz scorchers. When Hearne sings about death this time around, it doesn't just cause the listener to contemplate his cold demeanor; it sends a bitter chill down their very spines."

“In the course of looking back at our favorite local releases of the year, we realized that so many of the bands that are killing it right now didn't even exist a year ago. That being said, we can't wait to see what is in store for 2013.”

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