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Looking for Leon

by Todd Mack

Acoustic rooted folk-rock. Gritty, organic, and honest.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. One of a Kind
4:26 album only
2. Younger Days
6:03 album only
3. Jesus and the Old Man
5:39 album only
4. Buddy's Song
3:35 album only
5. Goin' Back to the North Country
4:25 album only
6. Simple Song
4:53 album only
7. Empty Hand
4:10 album only
8. One More Day
2:59 album only
9. Lady Time
4:26 album only
10. Snakes in my Head
7:13 album only
11. Old Navajo
4:59 album only
12. Last Night I Dreamed I Saw the World
4:15 album only
13. Shut Up, I'm Trying to Sing
3:21 album only


Album Notes
"Looking for Leon" is singer / songwriter Todd Mack's second release (of five total) from 1994 and finds Mack taking a more acoustic, introspective approach than some of his other releases. Although a bit more stripped down, "Looking for Leon" has some nice production highlights and incorporates a variety of instrumentation to support Mack's guitar & vocals, which stand front & center. With the bonus track - (hey, that was the hip thing to do in 1994) - there are a total of 13 songs on the disc, all originals. Mack's gritty vocal styling is well defined on this record, and the songs on it explore feelings of loneliness & isolation and the bittersweet journey to love and understanding.



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Out 'n About

Gritty, down to earth style
Looking for Leon highlights a gritty, down to earth style that injects rock touches into a basic folk song format

Relix Magazine

A noteworthy artist in the singer/songwriter mode
The dozen original songs Mack performs in this finely crafted disc have roots in traditional folk, but are underscored with splashes of roots-rock and plain ol’ rock-n-roll. The best examples of Mack’s talents are the infectious “One of a Kind” and the plaintive droning “Jesus and the Old Man”.

Creative Loafing

Simple but powerful
Most of the songs on Looking for Leon have simple but powerful structures, rhythms, and chord changes. The music is centered around the acoustic guitar and achieves a rough folk-like sound with the addition of fiddle, harmonica, fretless bass, and congas. The lyrics on the album have a direct energy and honesty that deal with a wide range of topics including love, disillusion, religion, and political views. Mack takes a reflective, sometimes ironic tone set in frequent and clever rhymes.

The Woodstock Times

Mack's lyrics paint with broad strokes
On Looking for Leon, Mack’s self-consciously, meaningful lyrics - on topics such as loss of innocence, death and dying, and injustice done to Native Americans and the world at large – paint with broad strokes. “One of a Kind” combines Tom Petty-esque vocals with a violin reminiscent of Dylan’s “Desire” period. “Buddy’s Song” is a Neil Young-ish blend of guitar and harmonica. Mack and engineer Blair Lott get a good sound, employing a variety of backing musicians on a wide range of instruments. Mike Lankford’s bass is a constant, to anchor Mack’s rangy vocals and provide a mature, melodic undercurrent to the music. Linda Harrison’s soulful backing vocals also expand the mix on a couple of songs.

The Post Star

A creative blend of rock and folk
The songs on Looking for Leon are a creative blend of rock and folk that often resemble short stories, tales that sometimes lack happy endings but nevertheless maintain a common thread of honesty and integrity that strike a chord in the listener.

The Ithaca Journal

A nicely rough-hewn feel
Looking for Leon has a nicely rough-hewn feel, one that places Mack’s gritty vocals and powerful acoustic guitar strumming front and center. Lyrically, Mack has a knack for penning thought-provoking lyrics, such as on Jesus and the Old Man and the poignant Younger Days. Mack lists Bob Dylan, Richard Thompson, Neil Young, and Loudon Wainwright III among his influences, and judging from his first release, he’s on his way to keeping their company.


A remarkable performance framed by a strip down sound, but genuis production. Le
Erstwhile Urban folky Todd Mack holes up in his private studio with Engineer/Producer Blair Lott and creates something magical. You can just imagine the two hombres spending hours toiling away at a labour of love. Mack's voice and guitar are right at the front of the mixes, but the subtle nuances in the back ground create a varied canvas of sound for Mack to paint his musical tapestry.