Started prior to Katrina and previously-unreleased tracks that typify Leigh's prodigious range and an eclectic collection of perfectly curated tracks, Purple Heart will be familiar and precious to old fans and revelatory to new fans as well.
Shortly after her first birthday, New Orleans native Leigh "Little Queenie" Harris was humming entire lullabies back to her parents; six months later, she'd added the lyrics, "...and I haven't ever really shut my face since," she told journalist-poet John Sinclair in a 1999 interview.
Sharing billing with early hometown mentors like Allen Toussaint, Dr John, The Meters, and Professor Longhair at legendary local nightclubs, recording studios, and the Jazz & Heritage Festival from the time she was a teenager, she later went on to perform live and on disc from sea to sea with often wildly diverse acts, including BB King, Elvis Costello, Sun Ra, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Guess Who, Bonerama, Wynton, Branford, Delfayeo & Jason Marsalis, Odetta, They Might Be Giants, The Gospel Soul Children, CC Adcock, Harry Connick Jr,Buckwheat Zydeco, The Subdudes, The Neville Brothers, Astral Project, Pete Seeger, Asleep at the Wheel, Michael Wolff's Impure Thoughts,Linton Kwesi Johnson, Roomful of Blues, Taj Mahal, Li'l Band o'Gold, NRBQ, The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Bryan Ferry,and Delbert McClinton.
Working with funk, jazz, blues, folk, pop, and rock artists from all over everywhere, she's provided music for film and television in the US and Europe, including the acclaimed HBO series Treme; produced and recorded 3 albums of her own, and contributed to countless others as a performer, composer, producer, babysitter, psychiatrist, beauty consultant, love broker, phamacologist, and diplomatic ambassador.
Now relocated to North Carolina, she has joined forces with artists of all stripes in her adopted region, and continues to surprise, disarm, and blow away new audiences, carrying musician and listener alike with her through the music of her roots, beyond the swamps, and into the 21st century.
While Leigh is currently on a challenging journey, she is fighting valiantly -- squeezing every ounce of joy life still offers.
Please consider helping by buying her records and/or sending notes of encouragement!
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