Directed by Mako Funasaka, Jason Charters, Liam Romalis
Featuring Leon Redbone, John Prine, John Hammond, David Wilcox, Owen McBride, Chris Whiteley, Jane Harbury, Richard Flohill, Honey Novick, Bernie Finklestein and Colin Linden
Runtime 16 min
Produced by Riddle Films Inc.
Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone is a documentary short that explores the life and music of the enigmatic musician Leon Redbone. Beginning with his “discovery” by Bob Dylan at the Mariposa Folk Festival in 1972, the film hears from his longtime friends and associates about the mystery surrounding this musical cult figure. Set against Leon’s last filmed performances, it features interviews with John Prine, John Hammond, David Wilcox, Owen McBride and more.
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NY Times "Reissues: Dylan’s ’66 Tour, A-Trak and Leon Redbone"
By JON PARELES, JON CARAMANICA and NATE CHINENDEC. 14, 2016
Long Way From Home
On the Track
This time of year, you’re most likely to experience Leon Redbone in snowman form, bantering with Will Ferrell in “Elf.” Mr. Redbone, 67, hasn’t otherwise been on the scene: Last year, citing health concerns, he announced his retirement. His debut album, “On the Track,” released on Warner Bros. in 1975, has just been reissued on vinyl by Third Man Records, and it’s a reminder of how novel a figure he cut at the time: a sly anachronism singing ragtime, country and Delta blues in dark glasses and a Panama hat. The album features . . .
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Leon Redbone joins Keith Richards, Robert Plant as they declare 'We Are Not Afraid' in Refugee Aid Video
Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, and more pledge support for project aiding refugee crisis and victims of religious, political violence.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Leon Redbone, the legendary folk/jazz/roots performer has retired from both public appearances and recording. 5/19/15
Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone: The Search for Leon Redbone is a documentary on the fabulous and elusive singer-guitar player, Mr. Leon Redbone. This, however, is a 5-minute promo for the proposed film.
Leon Redbone, the legendary folk/jazz/roots performer has retired from both public appearances and recording. A spokesman for the artist noted, “We share the sadness and disappointment sure to be experienced by his many fans and friends and hope they understand that his health has been a matter of concern for some time. It has become too challenging for him to continue the full range of professional activities.”
Redbone’s career has spanned over four decades and began with his earliest performances on the folk festival and club circuit. His numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Saturday Night Live and other outlets catalyzed his rise to international recognition. Over the ensuing years he has appeared throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Japan and released thirteen albums of his unique music, a panoply of early music styles that he delivered with his singular laconic idiosyncratic style.
A Long Way Home, a collection of solo performances, both live and studio, dating from 1972, documenting the dawn of Redbone’s professional career, will be released by Nashville’s Third Man Records as a double album n the near future.
A true champion of early American ragtime, blues and jazz, Leon Redbone has spent a lifetime preserving that musical tradition while exposing successive generations to a rich musical heritage of which they might not otherwise have become aware. In this regard, his efforts have been lauded by numerous notables including Lovin’ Spoonful founder John Sebastian who has stated, “I find Leon Redbone to be one of our national treasurers.” Blues and folk veteran John Hammond succinctly commented, “Leon is the real deal.”