Bill Leslie

Peaceful Journey: A Celebration of North Carolina

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Multi-instrumentalist Bill Leslie sets out on PEACEFUL JOURNEY to capture the feel and essence of his native North Carolina. Combining New Age, American folk, and Celtic music, Leslie brings to life the scenic rivers, waterfalls, mountains, and bucolic valleys of this beautiful state.

"Quaker Meadows" begins Leslie's journey. On this selection, Leslie's legato tin whistle soars above the rich cello accompaniment and soft keyboard strings. "Tin Roof Rain" is another resplendent piece that features Leslie's well-honed tin whistling. Here, an acoustic guitar supports the whistle with flowery arpeggios and delicate strumming. All the while, the tranquil drip of rainwater adds a soothing layer of serenity to the track. "Bells of Bath" has a somber liturgical feel to it given Ed Yasick's use of a church organ. But when the tin whistle enters, the music inevitably canters in the direction of an Irish ballad. Moving off road, "Penny on the Track" includes bluesy improvisations from Mark Walker on tenor saxophone and flute together with train whistle sounds from Leslie. Overall, PEACEFUL JOURNEY is the equivalent of comfort food. This music is never exotic or unfamiliar. In contrast, it's like a warm piece of apple pie on a lazy summer's afternoon.

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