Drawing from a wide array of influences, Ian Leith finds merit in every musical genre. Listeners will detect hints of various styles in his arsenal of original tunes and eclectic cover choices. A Scottish-Mexican Army brat born in West Texas, raised in Southern Illinois, seasoned in California, tested on the high seas as a cruise ship entertainer and currently calling Chicago home, Leith is adept at adaptation on his quest to discovering as much music that lies within as he can.
Descriped by his friends as “a muusical encycopedia”, “a well curated jukebox” “a sonic swiss army knife” he is the jovial everyman seeking connections with each and every listener in the room through music. The diversity of his influences spill over to sets that portray a rich tapestry of inclusion: for no genre is out of bounds, no song is unreachable and no crossover is impossible.
As a songwriter, Ian has composed many highly engaging original tunes that he also routinely sprinkles into his performances, showcasing a more personal side of him. As a bandleader, he rotates a cast of top-shelf Chicago musicians into his modular, versatile function band The Dozen Buzzin Cousins.