One of the most enjoyable Tin Pan Alley revivalists we’ve ever come across, Leon Redbone also turned Bob Dylan’s head in the early ‘70s, about a year before he had a record deal. This led Rolling Stone to feature him, and call his 1920s jazz and blues “so authentic, you can hear the surface noise [of an old record].” His singing voice is a sort of old-timey Southern voice, reminiscent of old blues tunes and vaudeville performers and his character is unforgettable. Frequently seen on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Saturday Night Live, Redbone was launched onto the scene, earning a giant following and recording more than 15 albums in his career. Known for his mustache and vaudevillian get-up, Redbone has also been rumored to be an alternative identity for Andy Kaufman or Frank Zappa, adding to the natural mystique that already surrounds this travelling minstrel.
“Redbone doesn't just dig up the past, he embodies it.” New York Times