Music has extraordinary transformative power, both for the musician and listener. It's what I'm always trying to tap into, regardless of the musical style or setting.
Once upon a time music was an important part of a culture. Songs were sung for joy and celebration, to ease the pain of life’s troubles, and to transcend the boundaries between worlds. It is this lineage that inspires me to create.
My most recent CD is called 'Careless Truth'. It contains nine new songs. This is not pop music. The songs on Careless Truth come from the deeper traditions of American Music that inspire me - Blues, Jazz, Folk and Rock influences are all present. The lyrics and music were written as directly as possible, hence the album’s title. Some serious issues are addressed like homelessness, politics, depression and addiction, as well as brighter topics like love and family life. The album was recorded using many vintage guitars and amps, and has a classic American Rock sound. I was happy to work with some fine musicians and record at an excellent studio.
The Kevin McLeod Band is a six piece group that takes my songs to the next level via inspired performances and group improvisation. The band features some of the area's finest musicians. I am also a member of NYC Jazz group True To Life and LI Jazz group The Tone Healers. I have appeared on cable TV programs such as Wes Houston Presents, and played at NYC clubs such as The Way Station, The Shrine, The Sidewalk, Silvana, Googie's Lounge (Upstairs at The Living Room), CBGB's, The Alphabet Lounge and Kavehaz. I have played for many festivals & folk music societies in addition to many cafes, clubs, & restaurants in the NY area and along the east coast. My music has been played on NY radio stations such as WBAB, WFUV, and WUSB, as well as other stations across the USA, in Europe and Australia. All of my songs are available for download from Apple Music, Spotify and other digital download services.
In addition to my own CDs you can hear my guitar playing on releases by The Kathy Fleischmann Band, Kathy Fleischmann, Geoffrey Armes, The EVT Band, DeStefano & McLeod, Tom FitzPatrick, and Phil DeStefano.