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Dog Tags & Tears

by Keith Leedham

Guitar based Country/Pop/Rock with an emphasis on songwriting. Hooky, yet meaningful lyrics. Solid arrangements with 12 and 6 string acoustic guitars, classic danelectro electric guitars and even some mandolins thrown in here and there.
Genre: Country: Country Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dog Tags & Tears
4:14 $0.99
2. 20 Years
3:00 $0.99
3. Mr. Know It All
3:06 $0.99
4. A Constant In You
6:13 $0.99
5. Old School
4:07 $0.99
6. Lying To Me
3:42 $0.99
7. Seen It All
4:46 $0.99
8. Never Again (prelude)
1:40 $0.99
9. Never Again
3:02 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Dog Tags & Tears is a blend of Country, Pop and Rock. It leans towards country on most of the tracks but there's enough of each element to satisfy any taste. The hooky choruses and smart lyrics should keep you listening and humming these tunes long after the CD is back in it's case.

Here's a song by song description from Keith Leedham's web site:

Dog Tags & Tears : This tune is loosely based on a true story. I remember my sister wearing somebody's dog tags during the tail end of the Vietnam era. I not really sure why she did. I always meant to ask her because I thought it might make a good song someday. Well I never asked her all the details, I just wrote what I thought was a good story. I like this tune quite a bit and hope you folks do as well. Ed Woltil's guitar work makes the whole thing work.

20 Years : This song was written for my 20 year class reunion. It's hard to believe it's been that long ago, but I guess that's the way everyone feels. Once again Ed Woltil adds his lead guitar magic and Rob Kosinski helps out on Bass.

Mr. Know It All : This one was written as I was studying to take a certification test I needed to take for work. At the time I wasn't feeling like very much of a "know it all" and thus the song. The good news is that I passed the exam and got this tune as a bonus. Lucky me.

A Constant In You : This song was written after I had a conversation with someone about people in general. How most folks go through life rudderless, like a boat bouncing off the shorelines as it floats aimlessly down a river. It's about my relationship with God and how, while I'm far from perfect, I always find my way home. This is the only tune on the CD not written by myself alone. I had written the song and was not very happy with the music I had come up with. The lyric called for something more than I was able to give it. I emailed the lyric to Rob Kosinski and asked if he could come up with some music for it. The next day he emailed an mp3 file outline for the tune with just piano and vocal. I was blown away by it. I trekked down to Rob's studio where we recorded the basic tracks and I finished up the vocals at my studio.

Old School : Another tune born out of a conversation. This one was with my son Joshua. Just a father and son type of talk about being your own person and not following the whims of the group. It was at this point I realized how hopelessly un-hip I was. But that's okay... the geeks shall inherit the earth.

Lying To Me: Just a fun little "do wop" tune I came up with one night while noddleing in the studio. No big profound story behind it, just having a bit of fun in the studio. I liked it so much I recorded it right then and there. It's a pretty sparse mix, I meant it to be that way. It has kind of an early '60's feel to it.

Seen It All : This tune was written as I decided to get off my butt and record this CD. I wasn't sure if I wanted to get back into the music making biz. It has broken my heart more than once and I didn't want to have to stitch it together again. But, being a musician is a kind of insanity. After all, no one would go through so much grief for so little reward without being a bit crazy. We just keep coming back for more... God help us.

Never Again : Sorry for the novel here folks, but I have strong feelings about this subject. If you disagree with me, that's fine, I don't think your an idiot, neither am I. After September 11, 2001 our world changed dramatically. I for one am a bit sick and tired of every crack pot looser group in the world blaming us for their crack potted looserness! Before 9/11 it was a minor annoyance, like a nat buzzing around. But now... make no mistake folks, these people want you, me and our kids dead, it's just that simple. You can't negotiate with people that want to kill you. Where would you start? "How about you just kill me a little bit"? This tune is a quite scream, never again! We will not let this happen again. We will not put down our guard until every single one of these zealots are rounded up or killed. It really is, us or them... I pick them. Sorry if that upsets anyone, but it's the simple unfiltered truth. You can't reason with the unreasonable. War is messy, and not fun to look at, but neither was watching the towers fall. Intelligent people can agree to disagree about the way the war has been waged. And, while I may not totaly agree with how things have been handled, to do nothing would have been much worse. This fight will be a long one. Unfortunately, we as a people have become very short sighted. If a conflict lasts more than a week or two the media calls it a quagmire. Wake up folks, W.W.II lasted about four years, this one will last as long if not longer. If we used today's logic, D-Day was a dismal failure. Given the loss of of life and the number of things that didn't go according to plan. Our enemies are counting on our short attention span. Please, stay angry, have resolve, and try not to be swayed by the folks that hate us... both foreign and domestic.



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I love This CD
This Is the best cd and he is a grat guy. I would buy a cd for every family member


....a cross between Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Collin Raye....
Sounding like a cross between Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Collin Raye -- country rocker Keith Leedham’s self-produced new release Dog Tags & Tears is a musical landscape painted with colors of his rock roots and some of modern country’s more introspective moments. Teaming up with longtime co-hort and former band mate, singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Rob Kosinski, and guitarist Ed Woltil, Keith’s country, pop and rock diversity could be taken as "inconsistencies" in genre. However the varied style didn’t bother me so much and in fact, I kind of enjoyed listening to a project that took me on a pleasurable ride of the blending of different styles, in a day and age when so many albums sound like one long and boring groove.

The title cut, “Dog Tags & Tears,” is lyrically a heartfelt and touching tribute to the men (and women) of our military told through the eyes of the singer’s sister, who has lost someone she loves. The song is emotionally strong but I felt that musically it could have been produced with more punch in the choruses and some subtle additions to the verses that would have brought out the real nuances. Other than that it is a beautiful song that could reach many with its deep sentiments.

The second song, “20 Years,” has a nice Tim McGraw sort of feel to it that would satisfy most country and country/rock fans alike.

One standout track is “Mr. Know It All.” Here Keith gets back to his rock and roll roots and his vocals shine like a supernova. The beat is just downright infectious! This one is my favorite on the whole CD with its strong lyrics and great hook. “Old School” is another fun rock and roll themed song that Keith knows how to work vocally.

Second place on my favorites list is “Lying To Me.” Here, Keith sounds remarkably like Billy Joel meets Collin Raye in both musical and vocal style. Being that I am a longtime Billy Joel fan, this hit home. Excellent song with tight vocals and great production! The only weak spot here was that I felt it could have been a bit faster - the song was just a little too slow to be punchy enough.

“Seen it All” has some beautiful chord progressions in the beginning and is yet one more "listener worthy" tune on this project.

As for packaging - it looks good upon first sight, but there is a typo on the second to the last song title on the back (Never Again) and I was bummed that the lyrics weren’t printed in the insert so I could follow along. Otherwise it looks great - artwork and shrink-wrapping with bar code.

This is a very pleasant listening experience - especially for those who enjoy crossover artists.

Keith is a promising singer/songwriter and his strongest material is that which relies heavily on his rock and pop roots. I look forward to hearing more from him in the future.