New Traditional

Hailing from the mountains of East Tennessee, Alex Leach is no stranger to the world of music. At 34 years old, he has already been in the business for more than two decades, earning two “DJ of the Year” awards from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) by the time he was 15, and appearing on CMT's "Big Ticket," the BBC, and Peter Jennings' "ABC World News Tonight" around that time as well.

Yet even as he was building his reputation as one of the premiere radio voices in bluegrass, Alex was honing his skills as a guitarist and banjo player. He began his professional career as a musician at the age of 19, and was recruited a few years later by Ralph Stanley II, the son of iconic bluegrass pioneer, Dr. Ralph Stanley. Alex had the honor to perform alongside he and the Clinch Mountain Boys on the Grand Ole Opry in 2014. In the years that followed, he toured widely with Ralph Stanley II, earning critical accolades for his playing, his compelling lead and harmony vocals, and for his additions to the bluegrass canon with songs like “Mountain Heartache.”

In 2019, Alex started his own group. Just a few months after their formation and Fall/Winter tour, Alex and the band recorded their debut album, "I'm the Happiest When I'm Moving," which was produced by Jim Lauderdale. A week after the crew left the studio, the world shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alex didn't let the setback get in the way of his successes, though. The band released the album in March 2021 - a year after recording it - to lighten the spirits of the previous year. Within a few weeks, Golden Rule rose to number one on the Bluegrass Today Gospel charts and stayed there for 22 weeks -- an industry record.

As the world began to open back up, the group went back out on the road and traveled from Florida to Wisconsin and everywhere in between. They went back into the studio mid-tour to record their sophomore project, All the Way which featured more original music by Alex and was produced by Jon Weisberger. This new project debuted at number nine on the Billboard Bluegrass charts in September 2022 which was the best reward after their Summer/Fall tour season on the road, which included playing in Northern Canada and the infamous Bourbon and Beyond Music Festival in Louisville, KY.

Alex is back in the studio now, working on his next project which will feature all original songs that takes the acoustic music of the traditional bluegrass and Americana world that he grew up with and moves it into the future, featuring his signature 'new traditional' sound.

Alex and his band are a multi-talented bunch who bring exceptional musicianship and high energy to any stage they play. As Bluegrass Today reported, "It’s little wonder why Alex Leach has emerged to the forefront of today’s young up-and-coming bluegrass vanguard. He and his band possess the skill and savvy needed to go all the way. Their setlists are flush with all the exuberance one might hope to find in a young outfit with such obvious ability and affinity for the form."

"Singer/songwriter/guitarist Alex Leach and the eponymous band he fronts are joining contemporaries like Billy Strings in redefining what modern roots music and bluegrass are through originality and a purposeful evolution away from long held stereotypes."
-Jon Weisberger


Progress, change, innovation, and renewal are not accidental. This defines all the young bloods reshaping Appalachian-flavored roots music right now, right before our eyes. Billy Strings. Amythyst Kiah. Queen Esther. Leyla McCalla. Molly Tuttle. Lula Wiles. Sierra Hull. Michael Cleveland. The Local Honeys. Rhiannon Giddens. Hilary Hawke. And now you can add the Alex Leach Band.

- John Job,  Americana Highways

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