James Ignacio & Shane Leonard
October 29, 2020 | Jamf Theatre
James Ignacio, a California native, has been playing and recording in the Chippewa Valley for over 20 years. Though a student of jazz, James has been performing as a singer-songwriter in a variety of styles including folk, country, blues, and soul in bars, barns, patios, stages, and living rooms.
James released his latest studio album, Making the Most of It, in 2018 with the support of a full band. His stylistic range, instrumentation and songwriting shines through on this recording. From classic R&B horn sections and a guest tenor sax solo from the incredible Sue Orfield, dreamy strings, haunting and bluesy harmonies from James’ daughter and the sounds of classic country guitars, Making the Most of It delivers a great soundtrack for the open road or a bar stool with an old friend.
Shane Leonard is a producer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who lives in a modest two-story bungalow on the Eastside Hill of Eau Claire, WI. Thanks to his parents who had a pretty good record collection, he grew up playing drums on pillows along to Santana's Woodstock performance of "Soul Sacrifice", strumming air guitar to Chuck Berry, and gazing at photos of young Steve Jordan in the Blues Brothers' gatefold. Older jazz musicians took him under their wing for a couple decades, and a few really patient teachers even tried to get him into the serious orchestral stuff, but it didn't really take. Still, Shane harbors an appreciation for classical music. He's not saying he doesn't like classical music. It's very cool. After dropping out of music school to hit the books and become a high school English teacher, he became fascinated by traditional folk music and left to travel Appalachia, visiting elder fiddlers and banjoists and learning the old tunes. Eventually he hit the road and studio with great bands like Mipso, Field Report, Rose Cousins, The Stray Birds, Oh Pep! and others. Several EPs and full-lengths of original music later, he has produced records for Humbird, J.E. Sunde, Anna Tivel, Kristin Andreassen (Uncle Earl), Sean Rowe and many more, often in cahoots with engineer Brian Joseph (Bon Iver, Paul Simon). Shane Leonard's new solo album, Strange Forms, was released in May 2019.
Tickets $15 plus fees and tax.