“Elizabeth is so far ahead and under the radar you better have a supercharger for that fastback if you’re going to catch up! Enjoy the ride…”
Andrew Leahey“Early on, I shared the first mixes of the record with some industry friends,” Leahey says. “They were like, ‘This sounds cool, but rock & roll isn’t really popular right now. Are you sure you want to do this?’ I said, ‘Of course! That’s what these tunes are. And what do you mean it’s not popular? Rock & roll has been around longer than any of us.’ I have a very clear idea of what my musical strengths are, what I’m meant to do, and I have no interest in diluting that or sanding away the rough edges that make it unique and specific to me.” Leahey’s uncompromising attitude and renewed passion for his music have a whole lot to do with his staring down the prospect of an untimely death—or possibly the loss of his hearing—earlier this decade. Requiring brain surgery to remove a life-threatening tumor from his hearing nerve, the odds of the latter were an anxiety-inducing 50 percent. “Driving to the hospital with my wife the morning of the operation, I put on Lightning 100 in Nashville. Petty's 'A Face in the Crowd' was on the radio, and it hit me hard—the production was so enveloping, and I was really cognizant of the different instruments coming from the left and right speakers. It was a gorgeous, lush, layered sound. I wanted so badly to be able to wake up after the operation and still hear music with the same appreciation I had in that moment.”
The only thing as good as the show? The drink you have after
GRAB A BITE, BEFORE OR AFTER
A few short steps from the Listening Room is One Twenty Three—our neighborly New American Tavern, serving hearty dishes with modern flare.