Liar's Snake: The Story
Liar's Snake was founded in 2009 by William F. Leffert, a musician with an incredibly varied musical background which included classical and jazz trombone & bass trombone training, and moved on from there when he got his first electric guitar in June of 2001, learning his first scale (the pentantonic minor blues scale, of course).
He found himself growing tired of his other musical pursuits (neoclassical guitar, industrial, and metal), and turned towards his first inspiration in guitar, the blues, for solace. Deciding that it was time to start singing, he began working on his songwriting, incorporating vocals into the mix. The material was aplenty, as his foundation in the blues would be much like the classic words of Son House; "Ain't but one kind of blues; and that consists between male and female that's in love [..] when one or the other deceives the other". With a rather deep background in love, Will set out to record his first full-length blues album under the moniker "Liar's Snake", titling the album "One Bottle Down, Life to Go".
With the name and motivation set in stone, the process began. It was slow to move as Will had been writing & recording music through a much different method; not intending to perform his works live previously, he could sit down and produce wild multi-instrumental pieces without regard to how they would be performed. When Liar's Snake was founded, it was time to come up with a new formula.. And that's what brings us to how the new album has been written.
Will would sit down with a guitar in hand, and play. Improvising was a passion in his works, so he would come up with structures for a song, and then work on lyrics, building it as one cohesive, performable song. He'd then take his guitar downtown, and sit out in front of Java Jive, a locally-owned coffee shop in Hannibal, Missouri, and perform each song, adjusting it as necessary to make sure it was comfortable and cohesive in it's performability.
He had requests to perform at various venues, but he turned them down to refine his skills and build up his library of music to perform. Plus, performing out in the streets afford him a sort of personal interaction with his audience that a stage just wouldn't allow. Feedback was instantaneous; people would stop and listen, toss in some spare change into his case, and tap their foot if they liked what he was doing. They'd sneer and complain if they didn't.
That's what Liar's Snake should be, according to Will. Something directly connected to the audience. The blues is about sharing your feelings, baring your soul, bringing out a sort of catharsis in you and the audience.
- +Members & Gear
We're Liar's Snake.
William F. Leffert
All instrumentation, songwriting, vocals. A 29 year old white middle class blues man with a penchant for resonator guitars and slides with a growling voice.
Will's Texan mail-order bride, a Republic steel body duolian tattoo'd with the Liar's Snake.
Will & Providence's Texan love child, a Republic brass body uke.
Will's pornstar love affair from Florida, an Ibanez Artcore AF75TDG, ivory finish.
The older mistress, a Fender Mexican Telecaster found in a quiet corner of a pawn shop (thanks to good friend and fellow blues artist, Rich Berry).
Will's ex-wife SX bass guitar, used to create fat and funky basslines. She has a penchant for annoying neighbors.
Various soda crates for percussion, random harmonicas, an old Casio midi keyboard from Will's childhood, and everything else sequenced in Propellerhead's Reason.
- +Photos, Videos, & Downloads
Look & Listen.
Video is available at the official YouTube channel of WFL. You can catch bits from live performances, some insider videos of me rehearsing tunes, and more!
None yet; keep an eye out in the future, though!
- +Contact & Booking
Talk bluesy to me.
Firstly, feel free to send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Got something specific to talk to me about? Read below, first!
Gigs & Booking
I'm currently still working on the new album, and don't want to do full shows at this current time. If you need an opener in the Hannibal, MO/Quincy, IL area, let me know and I'll see if I can squeeze you in. I've got about an hour of originals (plus a few old public-domain tunes I've made my own), and a few covers - all a mix of acoustic and electric. If you want blues/blues rock, I'm your man.
Also, if you want me to sit in with you in the same area, I'd be glad to. I'm an improvisational-based artist, and my strength is slide guitar leads. I've been known to grab a harmonica on occasion, though!
Got any pictures/video of me?
When I'm performing out on the street, I see a LOT of people taking my picture and getting video. Sadly, I rarely get to see any of it - so if you have anything, send it my way!
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