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Odie Leigh Releases New Song Ahead of Her Debut Album Out Friday

Odie Leigh Releases New Song Ahead of Her Debut Album Out Friday

New Orleans-born, Detroit-based singer-songwriter Odie Leigh releases his catchy debut album this Friday; his new song and accompanying video, “Already (On My Mind),” drop today.

“‘Already (On My Mind)’ is a reflection on the beginning of a relationship and the chaos that comes with it, and I wanted the verses and chorus to almost feel like separate songs,” says Odie Leigh. “We kept the verses simple and sweeping, to capture the realism of being with another person and feeling safe, and we made the choruses grand and bouncy to capture the feeling of spiraling uncertainty that comes with a new relationship.

“I also tried to get as much trumpet on this album as possible. There are a couple of songs where we recorded trumpet, but we ended up taking it out, and thankfully this isn’t one of them. I knew from the beginning that I wanted this track to be full and fun and inviting, and I think we achieved exactly that.”

Odie says of the Carrier Pigeon: “I stood at a bar in the French Quarter, dressed up like a clown, and invited a tourist I’d met the night before to come home with me. ‘We had a great night, and I don’t want to ruin it,’ he said. ‘Sometimes I try to make too much of a good thing.'”

“I agree with him, our one evening had already turned into two and the sensible thing to do would have been to spend our Halloween weekend with friends, not with a stranger from out of town. Luckily, I’m not always sensible. The stranger stuck around.

“I wrote ‘A Good Thing’ the next day and the rest of the album the following year. This project is a step-by-step account of me falling in love.

“Songwriting has always been a way for me to express my thoughts about real people and situations, and then it’s scary for them to hear my raw, in-the-moment thoughts about it. I’ll write down everything I want to say to a specific person and think, ‘I might as well throw a message in a bottle to the ocean.’ This album really reflects that concept. Every song is a specific moment, a captured emotion, something that needs to be said. The reason it’s called ‘Carrier Pigeon’ is because it’s a delivery vehicle.

“I’ve learned that happy songs are scarier than sad songs. Sadness is something you can fix, happiness is something you can take.”

Carrier Pigeon (Mom + Pop) is produced by producer/musician/engineer Derek Ted and Odie Leigh and has been heralded since January with memorable singles such as:My Name On A T-Shirt“, “Conversation starter“, “In one way or another” And “No doubt.” To celebrate the album release, Odie Leigh will continue his “Carrier Pigeon Tour,” featuring an extensive headlining series this summer and fall, highlighted by appearances in the U.K., as well as stops in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles and more. He’ll also be performing at Outside Lands in San Francisco, CA this year—see the full itinerary below.

Song list:

Good thing

Already (In My Mind)

Party Trick

Conversation starter

No doubt

Finer Things

In one way or another

Common denominator

Expression

My Name On A T-Shirt

ODIE LEIGH – TUR 2024

JULY

26 – 28 – Calgary, Canada – Calgary Folk Music Festival

AUGUST

4 – Saint Charles, IA – Hinterland Music Festival *

9 – San Francisco, CA – Outlying Lands *

24 – Edinburgh, England – La Belle Angele

29-9/1 – Salisbury, UK – End of the Road Festival *

30 – Birmingham, England – Moseley Folk Festival *

SEPTEMBER

4 – London, England – Omeara

19 – Houston, TX – Secret Group

20 – Austin, TX – Scott Inn

21 – Fort Worth, TX – Tulips

22 – Oklahoma City, OK – Beer City Music Hall

24 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf

26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge

28 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre

30 – Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck

OCTOBER

1 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown

3 – Madison, WI – Lunchtime Lounge

4 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line

5 – Des Moines, IA – xBK

6 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall

8 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar

10 – Indianapolis, IN – High quality Indianapolis

11 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway

12 – Parlor at Minglewood Hall, Memphis, TN – 1884

13 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley

NOVEMBER

4 – Detroit, MI – Hand Club

5 – Toronto, ON – Longboat Hall

6 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz PDB

8 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Ballroom

9 – Portland, ME Portland House of Music

10 – Cambridge, MA – Sinclair

12 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall

13 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

15 – Albany, NY – Lark Hall

16 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church

17 – Washington, D.C. – Atlantis

19 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theatre

20 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

22 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre

23 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West

24 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle Music Hall

DECEMBER

3 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom

4 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up in Solana Beach

6 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex

12 – Vancouver, BC – The Pearl on Granville

13 – Seattle, WA – Alligator

14 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall

15 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall

* Festival Performance

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

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