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Leon Redbone maintains affection for old songs

Leon Redbone brings his nostalgic take on blues and jazz to The Egg in Albany tonight. (photo: Patricia Gorostarzu)
Leon Redbone brings his nostalgic take on blues and jazz to The Egg in Albany tonight. (photo: Patricia Gorostarzu)
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When Leon Redbone first began performing in the 1970s, the old-time blues and jazz he was singing was hard to find. Part of the appeal of this music for Redbone over the years has been digging through old 78 rpm records, discovering little-known songs by little-known artists from the 1920s and ’30s. He’s spent four decades digging these songs up and performing them authentically, with 15 live and studio albums to his name and endorsements ...

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