Splintered from the foundations of The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, and John Prine, Nashville-based Mac Leaphart is an artist who puts the song first. A 2018 winner of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk competition, Leaphart tends keep his live performances on the rough side, mixing witty and heartfelt lyrics with an austere backdrop of guitar, bass and drums.
Leaphart’s live sound was developed over years of playing in bars around the Southeast; the kind of honky tonks and dives where if the crowd gets bored, bands don’t get asked back. He's sweated through his share of marathon sets, often performing over three hours without a break. Along the way, he's shared the stage with some of his biggest influences, as well as some contemporary troubadours, including Billy Joe Shaver, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Hayes Carll, and Ryan Bingham.
In 2008, Leaphart released his first solo record, 'Line, Rope, Etc,' which was named one of the best albums of the year by the Charleston City Paper. A few years later, in the fall of 2011, Leaphart was sidelined from performing for six months for medical reasons. The summer of 2012 found him back on the road and on the stage, and in November of that year he moved to Nashville where he hosts a songwriters night called Southpaw Social Club. Leaphart's sophomore album, 'Low in the Saddle, Long in the Tooth' was released in February 2015, followed with 'Lightning Bob'–a five-song EP featuring collaborations with Sadler Vaden–in 2018.
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2018 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Award Winners
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May 20, 2010: Skope Magazine
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May 13, 2010: Charleston Scene
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April 2010: CharlestonMag.com
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November 11, 2009: Twangville
Mac Leaphart – Line, Rope, Etc.
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Splintered from the foundations of Waylon Jennings, The Rolling Stones, and John Prine, "Low in the Saddle, Long in the Tooth” is an album conceived in the trenches; on the bare- bones, blue-collar battlefield of the music industry: the honky tonks and bars.
Rousing numbers, “The Barrel,” “Ludowici,” and “The Bastards Won,” found a place among honky tonk standards in marathon bar sets before making their way onto a recording. Late night drives and blown chances inspired “Wrong Side of the Wind,” “Leaving Lonesome,” and “Cold Coffee and Yesterday’s News,” a duet with the great Danielle Howle. The songs bring down the tempo and drive the mood into a more introspective frame. “The El Paso Kid” may be the signature song on the record, melding a honky tonk stomp with thoughtful lyrics and a poignant story of hard luck and hope.
Produced and engineered by Mitch Webb at Mantis Studios in North Charleston, Low in the Saddle, Long in the Tooth is the culmination of three years of writing and performing live. The songs have been torn from yellow legal pads and thrown under faded stage lights from Charleston to New Orleans and most spots in between.
Low in the Saddle, Long in the Tooth is slightly irreverent and full of heart and wit. It does not pander to anyone in particular, but strives to make everybody take a little piece for themselves.