After attending Terri Hendrix’s songwriter’s workshop in 2005, Leslie discovered her raison d’etre, and promptly set herself on course to create her own music. Six years later, in March of 2011, she leased her debut album Leslie Krafka – The White Cat Sessions. The title was born from Leslie’s weekly sessions to the White Cat Studio in Houston. It took her and producer Jack Saunders nearly a year and a half to complete the 13 tracks, but time and patience paid off. The CD features several songs that have garnered accolades. Her tribute to singer/songwriters on the road, “Wandering Troubadour”, was voted Song of the Year 2010 by the Houston Songwriters Association. Leslie was also named Songwriter of the Year 2010 by the HSA. Her song “All The Luck” recently took first place in it’s category in the Austin Songwriters Group’s song contest. All good projects need a little help from a friend and Leslie’s mentor, folksinger Terri Hendrix, makes a cameo appearance on “Mary”. Sometimes friends are in high places, literally; “I Miss Your Company”, was written during a camping trip in Yosemite with fellow songwriters and campers that included Steve Poltz and Tim Bluhm. Other musicians who contributed to the project include: Jack Saunders, Rick Richards, Wayne Wilkerson, Eleanor Whitmore, Brody Krafka and Patrick Brennan. Leslie’s music is a blend of folk, and country with a hint of pop and bluegrass.
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The album was recorded in the band’s hometown of San Francisco at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone studio with engineers/co-producers Jay and Ian Pellicci. The Magik*Magik Orchestra (who have recorded with Vanderslice) appear on several tracks
The songs were composed with Dodos singer/ guitarist Meric Long writing the words first before picking up his electric guitar. His playing was reportedly influenced by late Women guitarist Christopher Reimer, who was a touring member of the band before tragically passing away in 2012.
“Chris was a huge influence on the way I think about guitar, songwriting, and music in general,”Long said in a statement. “Seeing how he could transform and shape sound with an electric guitar inspired me to explore more tones and use those tones to begin writing a song.”
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