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Tipping My Hat to Leonard

by David Williams

Gypsy Jazz, Blues, Americana, Folk-- Literary songs by David Williams--title song dedicated to the memory of Leonard Cohen.
Genre: Folk: Jazzy folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tipping My Hat to Leonard
5:37 $0.99
2. Who Let That Django Jazz into the Room?
4:56 $0.99
3. Little Tiny Foreign Car
3:43 $0.99
4. Baby Lost Her Kitty
2:51 $0.99
5. Aching for Love
4:53 $0.99
6. Irritation Polka
4:07 $0.99
7. Dead Man Feel
4:09 $0.99
8. Guernica
5:38 $0.99
9. Murder of Crows
4:15 $0.99
10. Complicated Women
4:54 $0.99
11. Frozen in the Ice Age
5:34 $0.99
12. Snowblind
5:47 $0.99
13. Ghost Bird
3:56 $0.99
14. I Ain't Gonna Love Nobody
4:57 $0.99
15. Icon
5:49 $0.99
16. Holy Earth
5:02 $0.99
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Album Notes
David Williams—Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Mandolin,
Violin, Tenor Banjo, 5-string Banjo
Ellie Brown—Vocals, Accordion on “Who Let That Django Jazz
Into the Room” and “Baby Lost Her Kitty”
Monica Whittington-Vocals **
Duane Webster—Bass
Wade Krauss—Drums
Derek Banach-Trumpet
Bill Pontarelli-Clarinet
Enion Pelta-Tiller--Violin on “Who Let That Django Jazz Into the Room”
David Tiller--Mandolin on “Who Let That Django Jazz Into the Room”
JanineRay Mariani—Accordion on “Little Tiny Foreign Car”
& “Frozen in the Ice Age”
Ray Contreras—Percussion on “I Ain’t Gonna Love Nobody”
Mike Koertgen—Harmonica on “Tipping My Hat to Leonard”
Photos—Kelly Tasker
Front Art—Nicole Persley
Brian Hunter--Engineering & Mastering, Swallow Hill Studio, Denver, CO, 2017
Jessie Zimmerman--Recording Engineer +

David Williams is an Emmy winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who plays a variety of string instruments in various styles: guitar and violin, mandolin (he studied with the great Jethro Burns). His musical influences are vast, but as a singer-songwriter he is known for his way with words and melodies, which conjure up the American musical landscape in the tradition of literary songwriters such as John Prine, Tom Waits, and Leonard Cohen. His songs and stories touch on everything from the difficulties of love to the people and places along old Route 66, or a carnival from his childhood, swing tunes reminiscent of Tin-Pan-Alley—folk, blues, bluegrass, americana, gypsy jazz, in a wide range of CDs released over the last 30 years.

David has also spent decades studying the passionate guitar work of the famed gypsy swing instrumentalist, Django Reinhardt and the violin of Stephane Grappeli. His band, DAVELLIE, specializes in that infectious music from the 1930s, where he weaves his own songs into the mix. In the past, David originally grew up in the Midwest and has recorded and toured with people such as Greg Brown and Jethro Burns (of Homer and Jethro fame). David has played at festivals in North America such as Vancouver and Winnipeg, where he has been recognized as both a songwriter and top-notch instrumentalist on guitar, violin, and mandolin.

Also a working cartoonist, David's work appears around the world through Carlton Cards and Soultrader of London as well as magazines and newspapers in the US (he was a longtime regular at the Chronicle of Higher Ed out of DC) .David has published a number of children’s books with Alfred A. Knopf, fiction with and Ghost Road Press, as well as short stories and poems. His last book is THE TRICKSTER BRAIN: NEUROSCIENCE, EVOLUTION, AND NARRATIVE, published by Lexington Press. He holds a Ph.D. in English, and he has been a writer in residence at a number of colleges and universities in the US . He has also written and recorded ALA and NAPPA award-winning albums for children, and he is was the songwriter for the new PBS children’s show The Big Green Rabbit, for which he won an Emmy in 2009. Animated videos of his songs from the series on YouTube have over 80 million hits, and the "Rhino Song" has been an important song in the anti-poaching movement in South Africa. Recently featured on NPR, this song was carried by two rangers for 2,000 through the bush to villages, teaching people about the anti-poaching of rhinos.



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