Sweet Leda w/Pressing Strings
Rock ‘n’ Soul
May 20, 2016 · 8:00pm
Powered by Julie Cymek’s sultry, commanding vocals and electrifying stage presence, Sweet Leda is taking the diverse mid-Atlantic music scene by storm as one of the most exciting and accomplished live acts on the rise. With its rich blend of new school funk, soul and pop, Sweet Leda’s heartfelt original music has been compared to Joss Stone, Janis Joplin, Maroon 5, Edie Brickell and even Led Zeppelin, yet the sound is unique enough to have earned the tag “sexy smooth rock and groove.”
Sweet Leda’s first full-length album, Need The Music, which was produced by Stephen Joseph Antonelli and mixed by Drew Mazurek (Linkin Park, Allman Bros.), has received much love from critics, and a handful of the tracks can be heard on a variety of radio stations.
Among the band’s many milestone achievements are: the Tri State Indie Music Awards Groupie’s Choice Award in 2012; being named MD/DC Band of The Year for 2011 and 2012; voted Best Emerging Artist DC/Baltimore in The Deli Magazine’s reader’s poll in 2011; writing the end-credit title track for the feature film Lovely Molly; sharing the stage with Jefferson Starship; performing at festivals with the likes of Citizen Cope, John Mayer, G Love, Cake, 311, Keb’ Mo’, Tedeschi Trucks and Lyle Lovett; being hand-picked by Allman Bros. drummer Butch Trucks to open for his band at the Roots Rock Revival Masters Camp earlier this summer; and gracing the Miller Lite Stage at Summerfest 2013 in Milwaukee.
Sweet Leda regularly features tenor-saxophonist Ron Holloway, who is listed in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz where veteran jazz critic Ira Gitler described Holloway as a “bear-down-hard-bopper who can blow authentic R&B and croon a ballad with warm, blue feeling.” Holloway has worked with the likes of Susan Tedeschi, Dizzy Gillespie, Gil Scott-Heron, Little Feat, and Root Boy Slim. He is currently a member of The Warren Haynes Band.
Pressing Strings is a soul stirring trio based out of the musically fertile scene of Annapolis, Maryland. Their sound is versatile and stems from lead singer Jordan Sokel’s soulful, bluesy songwriting combined with a solid and dynamic rhythm section. Anchored by drummer Brandon Bartlett and bassist Nick Welker, their musical influences span genres and generations. As a result their fan base does the same.
All three members grew up basically on the Mason-Dixon line, in the shadow of Appalachia and sewn into the seams of the Chesapeake. That brackish water seems likely and fitting to represent their style of music. Rootsy and organic, funky and melodic. Their last record, Life of a Tree was released in November 2014. Then they recorded a few tracks at Burley Oak Brewery and those songs are included on their new release titled Owe The Source.