About Me

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Introduction

My name is Ed Leonard and I am a full-time singer/songwriter living in  Gatesville, Texas, performing under the name Ed Leonard and Friends. I have performed at the Junction on Route 36 in Gatesville every Thursday night for the past three years, as well as other restaurants, private parties, weddings, and night clubs around the central Texas area, including Buzzard Billy's, La Fiesta Restaurant and Cantina, and the Heart of Texas Fair in Waco, and Fuzzy's Taco Shop and BackPorch DraftHouse in Temple. I play 2-3 times every week, usually Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights; however, I am available any night of the week. I am a solo performer, but my show has a full band sound because I use high quality digital tracks to accompany my rhythm guitar and vocals. I can also provide a full band to back me up upon request. My specialty is classic country and honky-tonk, mixed with a little classic rock and some country acoustic originals. I have been performing for 25+ years, and I can entertain both a dancing crowd and a listening crowd. I am a full time entertainer, averaging 125-150 shows per year, and I would love the opportunity to entertain you and/or your customers, many of whom you'll find on my list of people who've liked my FaceBook page and/or given me favorable reviews.

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What Inspires Me

I love performing for people who love my kind of music, which is classic honky-tonk style country music, some classic/southern rock and an occasional original song. My shows are tailored to my audiences, and no two shows are the same. I search for the heartbeat of the crowd, and I choose my songs according to the crowd response.

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My Influences

I grew up to the sounds of Merle Haggard, George Jones, Buck Owens, Webb Pierce, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Johnny Rodriguez, Moe Bandy, Joe Stampley, Alan Jackson, and George Strait...artists that can/could tear your heart out with their songs. I do like some of the newer country, but I am very selective about what I put into my shows.