Playing all original music, Jaime Leopold & the Short Stories celebrate some genuine American characters in a musical style they call: "American Quirk: folk/country/acid memory". It's a collaborative effort with the band members having their say in creating this genre defying music. The band features Don Jaime on guitar and vocals, Jennifer "the Polish princess" Smieja on vocals, Clark "the Rev" Salisbury on guitar; Aaron Lowe on harmonica, J. Michael Kearsey Jr. on bass, and Fred "Eugene" Ingram on tubs.
Don Jaime's songs are inspired by his early years in the Haight-Ashbury as a part of the youth culture of the day. There he hung out with many legends of those times--Allen Ginsburg, Neal Cassady, Jerry Garcia, et.al. Jaime, toting his upright bass from his hometown of Portland to San Francisco, played in The Orkustra, with David LaFlamme and Bobby Beausoleii, a psychedelic electrified orchestra, before becoming the original and longtime bass player for Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. His approach to art and life is strongly influenced by those freewheeling times.
If you want to read about some of Jaime's Haight-Ashbury adventures click here: http://jaimeleopold.com/scribblings/
Band statement: "If you take a listen you might hear something you'll really like. But maybe not." Their new CD is entitled "Live At O'Connor's", an old and venerable Portland roadhouse. The band is currently "en studio" creating what one hopes will be their masterpiece. Thank you.
"Americana folk, embellished with a touch of country, then seasoned with a slice of blues-tinged longing. This is music that breathes life."
- Tom Franks, Folk Words (UK)
"An album of literary slice-of-life gems."
- Steve Murray, Oregon Music News
"I love these songs."
- Fiona Apple
"The man's a poet"
- Dan Hicks