Leo Rondeau deals in stories candid and honest and plainspoken.
Based in Austin, Texas, his own story finds root in
the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota where Rondeau grew
up surrounded by country music listeners and pickers
spanning three generations. A child of the rural American
west and owning family lineage within the Turtle Mountain
band of the Chippewa Indian tribe, his own history and
worldview are engrained in the lines of his songs.
In his writing, Rondeau has been heavily influenced
by the dolorous and at times bleak illustrations of
Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and Townes Van Zandt.
His marked presence within the scenes of his stories
is even reminiscent of early Tom Waits tunes in their
somber appreciation of the darker realities of life.
The listener finds a departure from these influences,
however, in Rondeau's trademark hopefulness.
Leo has performed at popular American festivals such
as Pickathon, SXSW, Bristol Rhythm and Roots as well
as the Australian festival Dashville Skyline amongst
countless venues in America and abroad.
"Rondeau's a treasure for discerning song-junkies
and rowdy two-steppers alike" - Austin Chronicle