Piper Leigh & The Smokin’ Section will take you on a ride. Jumping from Blues to Bluegrass to Country to Motown, this group is tasteful and grounded in the groove. Piper Leigh and Jim Sanders, lead guitarist, have played music together for over 13 years! Winfield, KS native, Ben Russell, playing bass and flute, joined The Smokin’ Section in 2010. The newest band member is drummer, David Gregg, from Arkansas City, KS. He takes the groove to the next level of cool. With a history in Heavy Metal, Blues and Jazz, David makes the Smokin' Section's music bump along a scenic road of solid gold.
They’ve been Smokin’ up stages all across the mid-west region. They’ve been crowd favorites at El Dorado’s Iron Horse Concert Hall, at Oakley KS’s Annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament and have drawn appreciative audiences from one listening room to the next. They’ve appeared on the stages of Winfield’s Walnut Valley Festival, Enid’s Fling at the Springs Festival, Garden City’s Tumbleweed Festival and Guthrie’s Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival.
Leigh’s songs are anchored in folk and roots, while her melody and delivery show strong country and blues sensibilities. Her sound has the bluesy, earthy feel of Susan Tedeschi or Janis Joplin while also capturing the emotion and musical adventurism of fellow genre-hopping artist, Eva Cassidy. Piper is at one moment folkie and ethereal, the next moment a smoky chanteuse.
She has independently released two records, ‘A Night at the Cabaret’, a live performance (2006), and ‘Piper Leigh’, an original album, released August 2009.
Piper & The Smokin' Section are currently working on their next project, a cd/dvd combo of their most recent original songs & popular covers. What will this CD be like? Piper says, "This one is sure to out-shine, out-wail and just generally out-do anything I've done up to this point. But I guess that's the nature of the business...you're always striving to do something bigger and better.