The Leonard Croon Band plays rock 'n' rollin', honky-tonkin', nitro-burnin' American music and this Tampa Bay-based foursome seeks to put some shimmy in the collective rear-end of America the old-fashioned way, via house-rockin' blues-based boogies flavored liberally with sweet country twang. To look at it another way, think of the Crooners as existing on the bluesy end of the alternative country spectrum. Semantics aside, it's a mix that delights audiences and confounds the efforts of professional pigeon-holers.
If you absolutely must put a label on the sound, call it southern rock, pointedly without the capital r and capital s, reflecting how the band's sound and vibe is a result of geographics more than demographics. The band's sound has been described as a mix of Buck Owens, the Allman Brothers and the MC5. Hey - works for us!
Once upon a time (the early '90s, to be somewhat more specific), Dave Korman, native son of Rockwell, North Carolina, had a band called Hum. Trouble was, there was a national act who also used the same moniker so something had to change. A lively session of Thesaurus Roulette was organized -- that's where you grab a thesaurus and find some synonyms for the band name you now can't use. One of the words which came up was 'croon.' OK -- croon what? Somebody jokingly suggested Leonard Croon, ha, ha ... *sigh* Such is how the fates of nations are decided. Several years and lineups later, LCB evolved into the form you have before you. As time passed and band members came and went, the sound went from a viceral Stooges-inspired grind to the Bakersfield-by-way-of-gator-country proletariat-friendly rockin' twang LCB pleases crowds with today.
The approach sure is catching on. Recently, LCB has shared bills with the likes of Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Southern Culture On The Skids, Leon Russell, Little Feat, All Points Bulletin (featuring former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle), the Flat Duo Jets, Dash Rip Rock, Webb Wilder, The Cigar Store Indians, as well as the finest of their peers on the local scene.