"Every now and then somebody gets it right and just stops the moment," says owner Joe Eckert. For him, it was a recent song by Leigh Glass. How the new weekly session works is, two male and two female singer/songwriters — often players who've never worked together before — are selected by Ratusz. They each take a turn playing an original tune, though there are no collaborations on stage. The Songwriters in the Round evenings mean with four performers on stage, there's probably a perfect song for every listener — and it's strictly local.
“Which came first, the chicken or the egg, the egg or the chicken, the chicken or the egg, are the lines to the first solo North Carolina native Leigh Glass ever sang. She was dressed in a white bunny costume alongside other five-year-olds in animal costumes at a school Easter celebration choral concert. She’s been singing solos alongside animals dressed as humans ever since.”
“Leigh Glass has the kind of self-assurance and sass that makes her both larger than life and instantly familiar. Like she'd be the ultimate best friend. Her songs feel that way, too. Which is kind of what country music has always been about. It's catchy and comfortable, relatable. It's the stuff of folk heroes and punch lines, but not pretension. And, as country has moved away from twang and ten-gallon hats and aligned itself more with rock guitars and pop sensibilities, artists like Glass prove even more viable on that stage. A few years ago, Something In The Water, the just-released album by Leigh Glass & The Hazards wouldn't have been filed under country. Maybe roots, maybe Americana. It rocks too hard; the songwriting leans on substance and storytelling instead of folksy zingers. But these days, Glass is right in line with the likes of Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry. She's a fierce front woman with a voice that ranges from snarl to molasses-sweet.”
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