"Mike Leslie Band has created an effortlessly cool sound which harkens back to when songwriters were blunt and emotions were raw. Think Elliott Smith with B.B. King on guitars". -Gary Bartle (Real Detroit)
The hot summer of 2012 saw the renaissance of Downtown Detroit and the formation of the Mike Leslie Band out of the big bang of old structure, new generation and classic Motor City-born musical styles. MLB offer their eclectic blues-jam twist on pop progressions over rock structure; Leslie has strong blues and classic-rock guitar chops yet writes around hooks and lyrics to produce urban sonic jewels. Influences span musical and literary generations, yet are honest and familiar, like your favorite pair of jeans and work boots. Imagine a block party jam session with Johnny Cash, Alabama Shakes, early and late career John Lennon, Sam Cooke, Duane Allman, Kurt Cobain, Gary Clark Jr., Hendrix, and Reignwolf. Nietzsche, Blake, Capote, and Dr. Hunter S. Thompson offer prose inspiration to Mike's songwriting. MLB’s live show is a three-ring circus of primal energy, Motown soul and spur of the moment surprises that translate this fine young Midwestern band from “great album” into “hell of a party”.
Since their Detroit debut show to a sold out crowd at the Magic Stick in December 2012, Mike Leslie Band has been a speeding bullet of buzz and critical acclaim. MLB have sold out headline shows at the classic Michigan market rock and roll mid-sized clubs as well as opened for Three Dog Night, The Presidents of the United States of America, Buckcherry, Bret Michaels, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Jimmie Vaughan, Rick Derringer, Sponge, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Mitch Ryder and Larry Carlton just to name a few. In 2013, Mike Leslie Band took command of the Detroit music scene with two Detroit Music Awards, including the People’s Choice Award. On the national scene, MLB showcased at SXSW 2013 and 2014 and won DOUG FM’s regional crown at Battle of the Bands. In March 2014 MLB went on the road for their first headlining U.S tour, mesmerizing audiences and gaining new fans across the country. They are currently in the studio working on their next release.