Local rock trio Leslie — lead singer/guitarist Sadler Vaden, drummer Jonathan Carmen, and bassist Jason Fox — are finishing up work on a new full-length album at the acclaimed Ardent Studios (ardentstudios.com) in Memphis this week.
The band recorded last year with studio producer Paul Ebersold, an engineer and musician known best for his work with Space Hog, 3 Doors Down, Saliva, Sister Hazel, and other alternative bands. Following the session, they released the an EP titled The Rebel Souls.
Ebersold joins Leslie this at Ardent to work on the band’s most current batch of songs.
“Paul thinks that where the songs are at now, it really helps the credibility and mystique of doing it at Ardent on analog tape and taking it from there,” says Vaden. “We’ve had to put some money and effort into doing this record. We’re going to shop around after we get it done. The first time around, we never rehearsed like this before we started tracking, so we ended up wasting some time in the studio. This time, we spent time, running the songs over and over, getting them perfect, practicing to a click track, and getting ready to go in there and nail it. It’s been pretty sweet for everybody.”
Leslie returns to Charleston mid-February in time for some radio interviews and a special show at the Pour House on Fri. Feb. 19 (it’s Vadens’ birthday show). Atlanta-based soul-rock quintet Ponderosa opens. Tickets are available for $8.