Brad’s Picks: Leon Redbone – Keeping it real

Like a lot of people, I grew up knowing Leon Redbone’s voice from the indelible opening of Mr. Belvedere, though of course I had no idea who the man behind the weird vocal stylings was; I just figured he was one of the quirkier fellows whose job it was to write those ear-worm theme songs. Turned out he was much, much more.

I’m pretty sure the first time I really saw him was on an old rerun of Saturday Night Live, where he sat in a spotlight, delicately played his guitar, and basically came off as a dude who had just stepped out of a time machine. A man of mystery.

Redbone still remains mysterious to me. I’m by no means a diehard fan of his, but every time I listen to his unique brand of old-timey blues I find myself both comforted and curious. It’s an odd mix, but this is an odd guy who makes modern music that sounds like it came from a time capsule. So when his newest record came through CD Baby, I was very excited.

Transport yourself! Take a listen to this one-of-kind artist’s new album, Flying By.