Legendary Rock ‘N’ Roll Session Man and Hall of Fame Inductee Leon Russell Returns

October 14, 2015

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (October 12, 2015) — The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly announces that legendary rock ‘n’ roll session man and Hall of Fame Inductee Leon Russell will return to Ponte Vedra on Thursday December 17, 2015. Leon Russell previously performed to a sold-out house in January of 2015. Tickets for Leon Russell will go on sale to the public this Friday, October 16 at 10 a.m.
Leon Russell is a music legend and perhaps the most accomplished and versatile musician in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. In his distinguished and unique 50-year career, Leon Russell has played on, arranged, written and/or produced some of the best records in popular music. Leon has played on pop, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, standards, gospel and surf records. A master of a variety of musical genres, Leon’s songs, albums and collaborations have charted on The Billboard Top 200, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Rock and Country Charts and have earned him two Grammy Awards and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As a session musician, arranger, producer, singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, record company owner, bandleader and touring musician, Leon has collaborated with hundreds of artists including Sir Elton John, Glen Campbell, Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Everly Brothers, The Byrds, The Beach Boys and many, many more.
Born in southwest Oklahoma in 1942, Leon began piano lessons at age 4. He was playing in Tulsa nightclubs at the age of 14 and after graduating from high school, Leon’s band, The Starlighters, went on the road with Jerry Lee Lewis. Leon left Tulsa at the age of 17 for Los Angeles where he began playing in the L.A. clubs and eventually became one of the best session musicians in Hollywood. As a songwriter, Leon’s songs (classics such as “A Song For You”, “Hummingbird”, “Delta Lady”, “Superstar” and “This Masquerade”) have hit the charts across all genres and have been covered by a diverse range of artists including Ray Charles, The Carpenters, George Benson and more. In 1971, Leon earned his first Gold record with his solo album Leon Russell and The Shelter People and by 1972, Leon was a major concert attraction. At the height of his popularity as a rock star, Leon released a country music album, Hank Wilson’s Back, under the name Hank Wilson in August 1973. In 1979, Leon collaborated with Willie Nelson for the country album One For The Road which earned a Gold record and a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for the classic song, “Heartbreak Hotel”. Throughout the next three decades, Leon continued collaborating, touring and releasing albums. In October 2010, Leon and Sir Elton John released The Union, a duet album produced by T Bone Burnett. The single “If It Wasn’t For Bad” was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. In 2011, Leon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, given the Award for Recording Excellence and selected for the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Universal Music released Leon’s album, Life Journey, on April 1, 2014. Life Journey is a collection of standards along with two original songs by Leon. Leon continues to write songs, record, and thrill audiences on his non-stop tour across the U.S.
Tickets for this seated show go on sale this Friday, October 16 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Offices, ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at (800) 745-3000.
SHOW: Leon Russell
DATE: Thursday, December 17, 2015 TIME: Doors 7:00 p.m. / Show 8:00 p.m. TICKET PRICE: First 8 Rows: $49.00
All Remaining Rows: $39.00