Produced and engineered by Johnny Sangster (Mudhoney, The Posies, The Briefs) The Crooked Mile Home pays tribute to early country story albums such as Willie Nelson’s Red-Headed Stranger. Chuckanut Drive also counts such rock icons as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and The Band among its many influences. The album’s roots-rock appeal has been felt internationally, gaining the record much praise in foreign press and selling copies in over 10 countries.
The songs of Texas-born singer/songwriter Steve Leslie radiate a human warmth rarely heard in today’s popular music. Chuckanut Drive plays pop music, but Leslie’s lyrics often have an intimacy one would expect to find in a folk singer. Chuckanut Drive plays rock music, but guitarist Loren Huggins’ twangy guitar lines and Garth Highsmith’s pedal steel evoke a sprit of the bygone honky-tonk era. The result is the vibrant sound of an American band carrying on an American musical tradition.