Leon Russell once told a tale of being called both Jesus and the devil within a 15-minute span on Easter Sunday. There may be no better way to describe one of the world’s most underappreciated pianists and singer-songwriters. Russell’s penchant for gospel music and the divination he stirs with his voice and fingers in songs like “A Song for You” and his cover of Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” show just how supernatural this maestro of the Tulsa Sound can seem. The devil comes out when Leon breaks it down while covering hits like “The Letter” by The Box Tops and The Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” While he’s been plenty successful with his own records, like Carney in 1972 and Anything Can Happen in 1992, he’s collaborated with a list of luminaries longer than his beard: B.B. King, Freddie King, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson and Elton John, to name but a few. You won’t see any of those faces at his Nashville show, but you might get a glimpse into the face of a man who makes sinister and angelic seem one and the same.
Thu, Apr 18 | 7:30 PM
3rd & Lindsley