|Ghost Train, Ghost Train
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Al's finished up a new CD of rockabilly tunes coming out in the next few weeks, but this will be under his real name "Alan Cassaro", which he hasn't used since 1965. But this one is so special, that he's dropping the "Leatherwood" moniker, and getting back to his original reality. Still going strong, Al has actually been singing and recording for the last 46 years, ever since recording his first Tex- Mex record in 1961, “Hickory Dickory Dock” for the Honolulu based Mahalo Record Label, under the performing name of “Lane Cassaro. During the Sixties, he issued several records on the Cleveland based Integrity label, under his name of “Alan Cassaro”, and later, one national single for Hy Weiss’s OLD TOWN Records, “Make Believe/Pretty Girl You’re Lying”, (which was misspelled on the label as Alan Cassero). When the British Invasion hit America with the introduction of the Beatles, which froze out his Old Town release from any airplay, Alan drifted into acoustic and folk/rock music and took on the performing name of “Leatherwood”, which he has used until the release of his new album, "GHOST TRAIN", in 2008.
During the 70s, he spent several years in Nashville with a duo he had formed, where he had songs published (and on a few occasions, stolen) by companies owned by Waylon Jennings, Marty Robbins and others; eventually, he was signed to a long term artist and writing contract by Charlie Rich’s company. Alan has sung at the Grand Ole Opry, and has been featured in a motion picture, “Country Music Story”. The father of Buddy Holly was so impressed with Al's singing that he offered to mentor Alan into a recording contract with Norman Petty, in order to do a tribute album of Buddy’s songs. But Al was working on a deal with Monument Records at the time, so that just wasn't in the cards. In hindsight, Al says, "I should have done it, but I was too stupid to recognize the better opportunity." Over the years, Alan has played on bills with such diverse acts as Jack Scott, Tommy Roe, Lou Christie, Phil Ochs, Eric Andersen, Tim Hardin, NRBQ, Jim and Jean, The Youngbloods, Marty Robbins, Barbra Mandrell, Dottie West, Charlie Louvin, Hamilton Camp, Bob Gibson, Doctor John, The Blues Project, Flatt and Scruggs, Willie Dixon, James Cotton, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Tim Buckley, Gram Parsons and Emy Lou Harris, etc.
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Courtesy of Alan Cassaro, 2008