- Ben Williams
- Leslie, 2011
Charleston-based rock band Leslie officially disbanded this week. Reportedly, it’s an amicable split. Singer-guitarist Sadler Vaden, drummer Jonathan Carman, and bassist Jason Fox broke the news to friends and fans via Facebook with a graceful announcement:
“We regret to inform you that after seven years as a band we are calling it quits,” read the post. “The split is due to personal and creative differences. We have had some great experiences and great opportunities, but we are no longer able to continue. We appreciate everyone’s support over the last seven years. Our family, friends, and fans have been unbelievable in helping us live our dream, and we are truly blessed to have received that kind of support. We hope that we helped somebody along the way just as much as we were helped. The Charleston music community was amazing every step of the way, and we are very appreciative. We are all individually still going to be playing music.”
They added, “We hope that you understand, and we hope that you keep supporting rock ’n’ roll.”
Last winter, the band launched a Kickstarter account in order to help raise funds to cover the costs for producing and independently releasing their latest studio album, Lord, Have Mercy. They tracked it last year in Memphis with engineer Paul Ebersold at the helm. They reached their goal of $7,500. The album hit the streets in April, and the band promoted it heavily online and on the road through the spring and summer.
Vaden recently revealed plans to relocate to Nashville in October. He’s already acquainted with the studio and band scene in the Music City, through doing songwriting and sideman work over the last few years. He’ll fill in as the lead guitarist with Atlanta band Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ this fall and winter. All three former members have various solo and collaborative projects in the works.
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