Artist: Eric Leadbetter
Featured song: “Tall Pines”
• The Leadbetter Band at Northside Bar and Grill, 62860 Boyd Acres Road, Bend; 8 p.m. Thursday; free.
• Eric Leadbetter solo at 10 Barrel Brewing, 1135 NW Galveston Ave., Bend; 2 p.m. Saturday; free.
• The Leadbetter Band at The Bite, 19845 7th St., Bend; 6 p.m. Saturday; free.
• The Leadbetter Band at Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend; 9:30 p.m. March 16; $7.
Guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and Colorado transplant Eric Leadbetter led the classic- and blues-rocking trio Jive Coulis for more than a decade. That band played its first Bend show in 2008, and Leadbetter has been a regular visitor since. He finally made the move to Bend from Ashland in August 2016, and recently retired the Jive Coulis name. You can find him playing solo, in a duo with bassist Patrick Pearsall or with his new group, The Leadbetter Band featuring Pearsall and drummer Dylan Burnall. Fun fact: “Tall Pines,” an older song, was untitled until this performance.
Q: What’s the story behind the song — how was it written, recorded, etc.?
A: I wrote this one back when I was actually still living in Southern Oregon. We lived in a cabin up on Mt. Ashland Access Road, a little log home thing. … But the way that I ended up writing it — a lot of songs, I’ll write the words first because (I’m) capturing that feeling of whatever it is, capturing that emotion, putting it into words, trying to write it in meter though, so you can rhyme. It’s almost like metered poetry at that point. But then once you start to put the music to it, you can kind of take words away, like, ah, I don’t really need that; that’s just unnecessary. And then the words get shaved away a little bit and they fit with the groove a little better. This is more of a rocking blues kind of number.
Q: What’s the story inside this song — what’s it about?
A: It’s pretty much a song about — I fell in love with my wife now at that time, and was really feeling — and still obviously do — that our love is just pretty rock solid. It’s a song about her and myself and just our journeys through the woods together.
— Brian McElhiney, The Bulletin