Leslie Tom’s Ain’t It Something, Hank Williams is not your typical tribute record. It’s a 10-track reflection of Leslie’s own journey in life, thoughtfully—and often playfully—intertwined with Hank Williams-inspired tales of addiction, love, heartache and loss. “A part of all of us died, too, the day he passed away,” she croons on “Mr. Williams,” spotlighting the legend’s lasting emotional and musical impact.

Leading with her irresistible vocals and proclivity for grounded storytelling, Leslie has worked extensively with some of country music’s finest players, from honky-tonk piano veteran and Country Music Hall of Famer Hargus “Pig” Robbins (Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Sturgill Simpson) and pedal-steel genius Lloyd Green (George Jones, Johnny Paycheck, Charley Pride) to Asleep at the Wheel frontman Ray Benson. Leslie has also had the honor of sharing stages with Lee Roy Parnell, Gene Watson and Kevin Fowler, and played the 2017 ZiegenBock Music Festival alongside such acts as Aaron Lewis, Josh Abbott Band, Blackberry Smoke, Whiskey Myers and Jamestown Revival.

On Ain’t It Something, Hank Williams—recorded at Nashville’s Cinderella Sound Studios and produced by John Macy (Los Lobos, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)—Leslie once again enlists Lloyd Green on steel and is joined by a long list of talented musicians, including Andy Hall of The Infamous Stringdusters (dobro on the somber “Angel of Death”), Walter Hartman (drums), Joe Reed (bass), Eugene Moles (guitar), Todd Moore (drums), Lindsey Brown (bass), Ben Waligoske (acoustic guitar) and Matt Weesner (wurlitzer). Alabama singer and songwriter Larry Nix can be heard throughout the record singing in perfect harmony with Leslie.

Like many origin stories, the concept for this album—which began as an EP and contains a healthy mix of Hank covers and Hank-inspired originals—stemmed from a seemingly ordinary conversation. Talking merch at the bar of an album listening party for Casey James Prestwood & The Burning Angels, Leslie nonchalantly expressed the need for “some new swag.” Her husband—an industrial engineer by education and who “has not one creative bone in his body”—looked at her stone-faced and said, “I think you should do a shirt that says, ‘Are you ready for some Hanky Panky?’” The spontaneous double entendre echoing in her ears, she replied, “Where the hell have you been hiding for the last 10 years?” That moment led to Ain’t It Something’s song of the same name, co-written with and featuring Roger Miller’s son, Dean Miller (George Jones, Jamey Johnson). “Are you ready for some Hanky Panky,” they drawl over shuffling beat, cranking up the honky-tonk mojo.

Leslie’s covers of classics “Hey Good Lookin’” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” channel that old-school Williams swagger, but are peppered with her own brand of magic, as she brings a distinct female energy to the table. What she cooks up is a magnificent ode to a bygone era, sharply dressed and expertly delivered. Of the originals, “Audrey’s Song (Still Love You)” has an especially moving backstory. When writing partner Andy Wren had to cancel a songwriting session last spring, along with Tony Gunter, Leslie was uncertain at first whether he’d pulled a fast one… or was legitimately under the weather. Tragically, it turns out he was deadly sick, diagnosed with stage four cancer from overexposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. Wren continued working for as long as he could, contributing lyrics here and there, before he passed away six weeks later.

Leslie was gutted but, with Sean Gasaway, continued crafting the song into a portrayal of Audrey Williams, Hank’s first wife. “Obviously, I don’t know her,” Leslie says, “but I thought, ‘If I went through being married to one of the most prolific songwriters/artists in country music history and he divorced me and married someone else very quickly, how would I feel?’ We decided to channel that. It’s a very special song to me.” Not to mention one of the finest vocal performances on the record.

An attendee of the Chula Vista Academy of Fine Arts, Leslie Tom has deep roots playing violin, piano, clarinet and guitar. The singer’s parents divorced when she was just two, and she grew up on the outskirts of Corpus Christi, Texas, in the town of  Calallen, a tight-knit community that challenged her, musically, and led her to explore a wide array of sounds. By high school, she’d joined the choir but suffered from acute stage fright. “I could absolutely not sing by myself,” she says. Deciding to push herself outside of a comfort zone, Leslie decided to audition for an American Idol-type contest broadcast on NBC’s early-morning show.  Though the audition never took place the experience led to voice lessons, and Leslie mounted her ambitious first solo performance in front of 10,000 people at the AT&T Center before a San Antonio Spurs game in 2004. That was the beginning of her professional singing career, and she hasn’t looked back.

Leslie toured for some years around the great state of Texas and issued her first record, High Maintenance, in 2006. After a stint in Nashville, she returned to Austin in 2010, releasing an EP in 2012, The Second Act, and then another in 2017, Leslie Tom.

Ain’t It Something, Hank Williams establishes Leslie Tom as a major voice in traditional country music, and she plans to use it to do some good, too. A portion of the proceeds from her PledgeMusic campaign will benefit Eli's Fund, an organization through the Texas A&M Foundation and the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (her Alma Mater) and provides financial support for active duty service men and women, medically retired veterans’ service dogs, and retired military dogs with veterinary medical bills at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.  In addition, Leslie's grandfather, Milton Smallwood Alexander, was a tank driver in the 3rd Armored Division during WWII and Leslie has partnered with 3AD to contribute a portion of the album sales to their organization which exists to keep the history and the memories alive and well of all veterans that served in the division. . “My calling is to serve active duty military and veterans. I don’t take that lightly.”

Ain’t It Something, Hank Williams is out March 23 on Coastal Bend Music.

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NEWS

September, 2018
Leslie Tom graces the cover of Scandinavia's #1 country music magazine, Kountry Korral.

May 29, 2018
Country Music People features Leslie Tom in June issue

April 6, 2018
B-Sides and Badlands calls Ain't It Something, Hank Williams, "one of the year’s most stunning pieces."

April 6, 2018
Lonesome Highway calls new album, "... delivered with a passion that makes them worthy of attention."

April 6, 2018
Leslie Tom featured on Episode 10 of Adobe and Teardrops Podcast

March 26, 2018
Country musician Leslie Tom takes her audience back to their roots

March 23, 2018
Ain't It Something, Hank Williams is now available!

March 23, 2018
Former student brings Hank Williams to life through tribute songs

March 20, 2018
Leslie makes guest appearance on This Freakin' Show podcast

March 19, 2018
Noisey's, Kim Kelly, a Vibe media company says Leslie's new album, "draws upon the memory and music of Hank Williams in a way that feels refreshing and new."

March 8, 2018
Leslie Tom answers the Essential 8 for The Daily Country.

March 7, 2018
No Depression debuts Leslie Tom's duet with Dean Miller, "Are You Ready For Some Hanky Panky?"

March 6, 2018
Robert K. Oermann calls the song Ain't It Something, Hank Williams, "Plaintive and evocative" in Music Row Magazine.

March 3, 2018
"Hank You Very Much" featuring Larry Nix premiers on The Boot

March 1, 2018
Leslie Tom is named "Honky Tonker of the Month" for Country Music People magazine, "Ain't It Something, Hank Williams" gets five stars.

February 26, 2018
"Still Love You (Audrey's song) debuts in Glide Magazine, called "timeless and big-hearted"

February 2, 2018
First single off Leslie Tom's forthcoming full-length record, "Ain't It Something, Hank Williams" debuts on Wide Open Country

June 7, 2017
Rob Weir of Off-Center Views gives "Leslie Tom" album a four star review

May 4, 2017
Paul Riley of Country Music People, Europe's #1 country music magazine, gives "Leslie Tom" 4.5 stars

March 17, 2017
Ricky Flake, special contributor to the Sun Herald, gives Leslie Tom's new EP four stars and calls out the great musicians on the record.

March 15, 2017
Leslie Tom comments on the impact Alan Jackson's music has had on her life

March 14, 2017
Leslie Tom's "Didn't Think Twice" featured on Veterans help website

March 1, 2017
Leslie Tom Album Review by Brian F. Johnson for Marquee Magazine

February 24, 2017
Ink19.com - Leslie Tom album review

February 21, 2017
Leslie Tom is "Singled Out" for "My Only Addiction" on Antimusic.com

February 17, 2017
Leslie Tom's third studio album is now available!

January 24, 2017
World Premiere:  Leslie Tom "Breakin' My Own Heart"

January 15, 2017
Leslie Tom and Kerry Conner kick off Theboot.com's 2017 Guest Room Sessions with "Didn't Think Twice"

January 11, 2017
SONG PREMIERE: LESLIE TOM IS UNAPOLOGETICALLY COUNTRY ON “MY ONLY ADDICTION”

January 10, 2017 
Leslie Tom has number one song on this week's CDTex downloads.

January 5, 2017
Interview in AXS.com - Leslie Tom brings classic country with new album - By Lindsey Borders

December 1, 2016
Leslie Tom (Self-titled, Traditional Country EP; 2/17/17)

November 22, 2016
Interview in Starry Magazine - "Didn't Think Twice" single - By: Jamie Steinberg

November 12, 2016
Leslie Tom joins Mark Nesler, Mike McQueery and Adam Fears for an acoustic songwriting show benefiting the Princess Theater and American Legion Post 62 (South Pittsburgh, TN)

November 11, 2016
LESLIE TOM TO RELEASE SONG TO HONOR U.S. ARMED SERVICES MEN AND WOMEN ON VETERANS DAY

November 11, 2016
Music is Medicine - Adobe and Teardrops - By: Rachel Cholst

November 11, 2016
Singled Out on Antimusic.com - "Didn't Think Twice"

November 11, 2016
Exclusive video premier of "Didn't Think Twice" on Axs.com

November 11, 2016
A Concert of Light: A Night With The Veterans benefiting R&DA's Military Assistance Program For Wounded Service Members (Hopewell, VA)

November 10, 2016
Live Interview on The Morning Show with Sean and Frank - WCBM 680 (Baltimore, MD)

November 8, 2016
Leslie Tom tapes an episode of the Joey Canyon Show with John Conlee (show airs in early 2017 on RFD)

November 3, 2016
Benzinga - Country Singer Leslie Tom to Release Song to Honor U.S. Armed Services Men and Women on Veterans Day

November 3, 2016
Red Dirt Nation - Leslie Tom to release song honoring U.S. Armed Service men and women on Veteran’s DayLeslie Tom to release song honoring U.S. Armed Service men and women on Veteran’s Day

November 3, 2016
NEWS: Leslie Tom to release single on Veterans Day, proceeds to benefit veterans charity

November 3, 2016
Country Singer Leslie Tom to Release Song to Honor U.S. Armed Services Men and Women on Veterans Day

November 3, 2016
Country Singer Leslie Tom to Release Song to Honor U.S. Armed Services Men and Women on Veterans Day

November 3, 2016
Country Singer Leslie Tom to Release Song to Honor U.S. Armed Services Men and Women on Veterans Day

November 3, 2016
Country Singer Leslie Tom to Release Song to Honor U.S. Armed Services Men and Women on Veterans Day

November 3, 2016
Country Singer Leslie Tom to Release Song to Honor U.S. Armed Services Men and Women on Veterans Day

November 3, 2016
Country Singer Leslie Tom to Release Song to Honor U.S. Armed Services Men and Women on Veterans Day

October 30, 2016
Leslie Tom runs the 42nd Marine Corps Marathon for the Travis Manion Foundation

October 26, 2016
Leslie Tom, ‘Didn’t Think Twice’ [Exclusive Premiere] on TheBoot.com - By: Amy McCarthy

August 4, 2016
Interview with Jersey Shore radio host, Marc Berman 

What People Are Sayin'


"Tom’s Texas swing ... makes the classic sound as fresh as ever."- Bobbie Jean Sawyer, Wide Open Country


"Leslie Tom's new eponymous 7 song EP is intelligently played, beautifully sung and stunningly produced and mixed. A disclaimer; I am the steel player
on 3 or 4 of the songs.  Nonetheless, a really good listening CD to have in your collection.  And did I say Leslie is also a beautiful woman? Look at the centerfold!"
 
-Lloyd Green
 



"Whether she’s singing the story of a war veteran’s service or recalling divorce from a child’s point of view, Leslie Tom foregoes bells and whistles for tried-and-true country storytelling and instrumentation. Some of her self-titled EP’s standout tracks – “Hank You Very Much,” for example – find the singer channeling Loretta Lynn’s and Dolly Parton’s classic sound (and sass), while special guests Pete Scobell and Kevin Moon add an extra layer to their tunes. No matter if the topic’s love as addiction or the tough parts of being a mother, Tom’s crystal-clear country voice remains constant." - Angela Stefano, TheBoot.com
 



While there are lots of interesting musical things being done by women, one of the more intriguing things for me in the weeks leading up to Veterans Day is an emerging Colorado Americana artist named Leslie Tom. Leslie has a couple of indie albums already and is getting to release an EP around a new song, Didn’t Think Twice…the video is not available yet but the song will be released on Veterans Day along with the video. All sales will benefit the Travis Manion Foundation, a national veterans organization employing Veterans and Veterans family members to educate and inspire younger generations to service and sacrifice. The quality of her music and her generosity toward the Veterans community certainly make her worthy of our support. - Michael Farrell, VeteransNewsNow.com
 



"Her music has a realness to it. She obviously has drawn on real-life experiences in the performances of her music. You can hear it in her voice. At a time when gimmicks are such a part of the music world, her only gimmick is to keep it real. I like that and I like her.“ - Bluegrass Johnson, Farm World Magazine
 



"Leslie Tom…She's a heck of a lot all rolled up into one small package. Humble yet Sassy, Soft yet like a rock, and most of all a very talented singer and songwriter.  I have worked with Leslie for over 10 years, both in the studio and on live shows, and she never ceases to amaze me.   Thank you Leslie for letting me have that privilege to work with you and watch you grow into your love of music. You are Awesome!!" - Bill Green, Owner, BGM Network
 



"Every track (High Maintenance) is heartfelt be it ballad or be it a rousing toe tapper, she sings it like she means it, and does it well."  - Brad Springs, The Stars of Texas Magazine

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