Leeann Atherton | Heart Traveled Road

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Heart Traveled Road

by Leeann Atherton

Texas belter mixing gospel,soul,folk, and a little twang for an Americana stew dished up by Austin's A-Team for a beautiful, heartfelt production, produced by Rich Brotherton.
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1. Daily Blues
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2. Change of Heart
4:28 $0.99
3. Ride Out the Blues
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4. Looking for a Rainbow
3:24 $0.99
5. Bougainvillea Sunset
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6. Ode to Nowhere
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7. Remember Me
2:21 $0.99
8. Kiss
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9. I Believe
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10. Soul Song
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11. Way of the Heart
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12. Lucy
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13. Dream Again
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Heart Traveled Road
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“WHEN IT COMES TO BARN-BURNING VOCALISTS from Austin, Texas, they don’t come any hotter than Leeann Atherton. She’s got Southern fireball pipes that don’t quit and an indefatigable spirit.” – Margaret Moser Austin Chronicle

“Memphis smell, Mexican wind, Gospel church, Blues joint and Jazz corner.”
– Shuichi Iwami Promoter, Japan tour 2009

"She's an Austin institution, 78704's Den Mother of roots music, but Leeann Atherton is here to remind you that she's a southern girl, born in Alabama, starting her musical career in a South Carolina Shag band. And that she's the equal of any singer or songwriter she hosts at her Full Moon Barn Dances. And that she can sing just about anything she wants, be it blues, soul, torch,Tex-Mex, country or rock & roll. Her most fully realized album, so far, superbly produced, engineered and mixed by multi-instrumentalist Rich Brotherton, featuring 12 originals, standouts being "Change of Heart" and "Remember Me", plus Mike Stevenson's "Ode To Nowhere" and such A-list players as David Carroll, Frosty, Riley Osborn and Kaz Kazanoff, this is somewhat of a classic of the kind of album you can make in Austin. That is , if you have Atherton's power, control, tone, range, pitch, timing, silky strength, grace, sincerity and personality, all of which shine through."
John Conquest, 3rd Coast Music Sept. 2009

Listen to the songs on “Heart Traveled Road”, Leeann’s newest recording. Like the singer herself,” Heart Traveled Road” mixes steamy Southern flavor with a fresh, unpretentious and adventuress attitude. An upbeat roots-rock charmer like ”Kiss” (a wedding song) hails from a different sect of the musical map as ”Remember Me”, a ballad Billie Holliday could have worn like a necklace. Yet they both feature clarity of style that makes them timeless and modern at once, like a dusty old record by Patsy Cline or a shiny new one by Patty Griffin. On “Change of Heart”, Leeann sounds like she was tutored by Etta James. This Texas belter reaches deep into her well-worn, heart traveled experiences of the brave and broken-hearted to give you a piece of her truth; serving up a tasty blend of twang, gospel, folk and blues for an Americana stew that nourishes your heart, mind, and groove. This is a journey of the heart.

Hometown audiences in Austin already know what new fans will soon discover. Leeann Atherton has hit her stride, her talent ready to take wing and fly.

“a wonderfully musical writer, singing better than ever.” Rich Brotherton, Producer

“Leeann is a great singer and writer. She has helped shape the Austin Music scene for many years.” Lloyd Maines, Grammy winner Producer/musician

“Leeann Atherton sings it from the heart.” Ray Bonneville, Blues Songwriter

“Possibly the best singer I’ve ever heard or played with.” Kim Deschamps, Musician

“a sweet soothing voice with a rock&roll attitude.” Warren Hood, Recording Artist

“It may be the best thing that I have heard in years…I love her voice and choice of material. Bobby Whitlock, Legendary Songwriter/Performer

“an accomplished songwriter who performs a great variety of styles in a professional and energetic way, and with great charm” Per Ole Hagen, Music Editor NRK P1 (Norway)

“Every time I run into Leeann, it’s like being greeted by an angel from heaven. Open arms, bright eyes and a big smile. That same embracing spirit shines through her music as well. She has an incredible strong and beautiful voice that carries with it the capacity to move your feet and move your heart as well. There are many talented people who can “perform” music. But the ones that truly embody music are few. Leeann is one of those.”
Nathan Hamilton, Texas Singer/Songwriter


Every so often the humidity in Austin, Texas, Leeann Atherton’s adopted hometown, hangs so heavy in the air that even a few minutes out-of-doors feels undeniably sultry. Then a storm breaks open the sky and rain flows like cosmic champagne, and when the sun comes out the next morning a magnificent breeze caresses the town, smelling like it just got in from the Atlantic coast.

Something similar happens listening to Leeann Atherton. Like the singer herself, who came to Austin via Charleston and Nashville, her songwriting suitcase is full of a seamless blend of twang, soul, gospel and blues owing a lot to Leeann Atherton’s background. Steeped in southern roots, stewed in Texas blues, raised by a hillbilly housewife and an Alabama gentleman in Charleston, South Carolina, away from the shopping mall culture, she put herself through college singing in a beach music dance band. She studied the spirituals of the South Carolina islands, sat in with a rural black choir, and joined the hardened professionals at work in Nashville song factories. “I loved the way those Ft. Worth boys sang “baby””, Leeann gleams. A road trip to Texas was all it took, and Leeann’s independent roots flourished in the fertile musical ground of Austin.

Her first Texas recording sessions at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Studio introduced her to Robert Earl Keen’s acclaimed guitarist and producer, Rich Brotherton. Forming a musical friendship, his musical style completed her first independent release “Only Glory”. Rich was chosen by Steppin Stone Records to produce her acclaimed Americana recording “Lady Liberty”, garnering #1 in local and independent charts (Austin Chronicle, No Depression), and receiving international airplay. Her musical journey continued with self produced releases “Mama’s House” an acoustic/electric blend of twang and folk and “Every Day Dream” a soulful look at the blues. Joining forces with the legendary Slim Richey, they recorded a CD of Jazz standards “Limited Edition”. Her recent collaboration with Russian composer Zhenya Rock produced “Gypzee Heart”, a blending of their respective folk cultures. With her current release, “Heart Traveled Road”, Leeann returns to her roots with Rich Brotherton in the producers’ seat again, along with a cast of Austin’s #1 List of session players.



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Queen of Hearts
Leeann Atherton is sometimes known as the "Queen of South Austin". She eschews the title but it is given to her because she is the heart of a vibrant musical community in the "Live Music Capitol of the World". In Heart Traveled Road she shares the journey of that heart.

Whether rocking a hot "Kiss" , admitting poison love in "Change of Heart", the Jazzy goodbye in "Remember Me", or the soulful affirmation of "Looking for a Rainbow", this CD speaks to the many paths the heart takes. Her delivery of Mike Stevenson's road song "Ode to Nowhere" comes through like a James Taylor traveling tune. "Ride Out the Blues" Leeann highlights her considerable harmonica chops along with some tasty guitar licks. Rich Brotherton's innovative string arrangement pulls the listener into the somber mood of "Soul Song" "Bougainville Sunset", my personal favorite, is a romantic memory set to a soft Latin Beat. Lush Lyrics painted on a canvas of Spanish guitar and solid rhythm.

Every song on this CD is a pleasant surprise. It is a tour de force of Atherton's songwriting, her vocal delivery, and Rich Brotherton's artistry as a producer. Heart Traveled Road is a wonderful musical trip with the Queen of Hearts, Leeann Atherton.