Heather Leigh- the daughter of a coal miner, weaving a trail from West Virginia to Texas to Scotland where she’s lived for over a decade, Heather Leigh furthers the vast unexplored reaches of pedal steel guitar.
Leigh’s work explores themes of glamour, abuse, sexual instinct, desire, romance, vulnerability, memory, shadow, fantasy, jealousy, cruelty, delusion, deception and projection. Known for her captivating live performances, her songs come into vivid life on stage. Her playing is as physical as it is phantom, combining spontaneous compositions with industrially-charged psychedelic rock.
Critically acclaimed I Abused Animal (Ideologic Organ, 2015) was a breakthrough album that marked her first venture into professional studio recording. Throne (Editions Mego, 2018) is her latest achievement, an album of punch-drunk desire clouded by peripheral danger. In addition to her work as a solo artist, Heather Leigh has worked extensively with a long list of unique collaborators, most recently with saxophonist Peter Brötzmann.
She is a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Award.