• LP original sleeve  artwork designed by Ronnie Leatherman, with Paul Drummond to reflect his return to the Elevators’ original label International Artist : IA-LP#27
  • LP  Reverse board cover and clear blue vinyl
  • Limited edition of 1,000 Clear blue vinyl

RONNIE LEATHERMAN and Friends

OLD SCHOOL

RELEASE DATE: 13th April 2024

First solo album by Ronnie Leatherman – bassist with the classic line-up of The 13th Floor Elevators – who had the distinction of playing on all three of the band’s studio albums. 

​While ‘Old School’ is essentially a new recording made in Austin Texas, many of the songs covered by J.J Cale and  Johnny Cash etc. Ronnie has been performing since they were first released with various combos of friends, most notably Paul Tennison and Terry Penny, who both deputised with incarnations of The 13th Floor Elevators. 

In addition, there are several original titles written by Ronnie, including ‘Coming Day’ written in 1968 but not included on the Elevators final LP – Bull Of The Woods. 

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TRACK LIST LP

SIDE A

  1. OLD SCHOOL (R. LEATHERMAN)
  2. FURTHER ON UP THE ROAD (ROBEY-VEASEY)
  3. SENSITIVE KIND (J.J CALE)
  4. COMING DAY (R. LEATHERMAN)
  5. I STILL MISS SOMEONE (CASH)
  6. WONDEFUL TONIGHT (CLAPTON)

SIDE B

  1. 1 SOLITARY MAN (DIAMOND)
  2. BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN (JONES-BELL)
  3. MY BABY SAYS SHE LOVES ME (R. LEATHERMAN)
  4. DON’T LET THE SUN CATCH YIOU CRYING (MARDEN-CHADWICK)
  5. JUST A CLOSE WALK (TRADITIONAL)

Promotional Tour

Charly’s 50th Anniversary celebrations commence this year with a short promotional tour by Ronnie , including appearances in Britain, France and The Netherlands to launch OLD SCHOOL  alongside The 13th Floor Elevators’  Psychedelic Sounds (IALP-1-QFPS3) : Easter Everywhere (IALP-5-QFPS7)  and Bull of the Woods (IALP-9-QFPS10). 

This will include live shows featuring Sumner Erickson (replacing his brother Roky R.I.P on lead vocals) +  a band consisting of Chris Mackin (Primal Scream, Damo Suzuki, Andrew Weatherall & Le Volume Courbe), Charlie Salvidge (Toy, Bat For Lashes & Toy collaboration: Sexwitch), Matt Wood (guitar: Telegram, The Nightingales and work at the legendary Faust studio)

13th April :  Record Plant in Den Bosch, NL – band performance & signing

15th April :  Rough Trade East, London UK  – band performance & signing

20th April.  Disquaire Day, Paris France : signing only with Ronnie Leatherman 

RONNIE LEATHERMAN

Ronnie released his first single in June 1965 as Max & the Penetrators: ‘Prayin’ Til Then / Kurl‘ and apart from lead singer Roky Erickson, he is the only former member of the 13th Floor Elevators to release a solo album.

Ronnie attended Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas Hill Country with Stacy Sutherland, the Elevators’ lead guitarist, songwriter and singer. Stacy formed The Lingsmen without Ronnie in the summer of 1965 because he didn’t graduate high school in time to start their residency. So instead, the band, which featured former Penetrators singer, Max Range with John Ike Walton and Benny Thurman on bass, formed the Elevators. When it was discovered that Benny had never played bass, Ronnie stood in whilst teaching him how to play bass. Although Stacy, John Ike and Benny went on the become founding members of the Elevators, Benny was sacked shortly after the band released their seminal first single ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’ and Ronnie was his inevitable replacement. The band relocated to San Francisco to promote the single in August 1966 and Ronnie appeared on national TV – Dick Clark’s ‘Where the Action Is’ and ‘American Bandstand’ – and also headlined at major venues such as The Fillmore and The Avalon Ballroom alongside Janis Joplin and The Grateful Dead. 

He played on the band’s seminal Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators recorded in Dallas and Houston with Bob Sullivan, who recorded with Elvis. ‘Reverberation’ – which was also issued as the 2nd single featured Ronnie’s outstanding lead bass line. After the West Coast tour and release of the album, he and John Ike quit the band, disillusioned by lack of promotion after waiting months for an East Coast promotional tour. However, Ronnie had already contributed sessions that were not only used on the 2nd LP, Easter Everywhere, but also as singles: ‘(I’ve Got) Levitation’ and ‘She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own’. 

Although he performed his last show with the band in July 1967, Ronnie re-joined in October 1968 to finish the 3rd studio album Bull Of The Woods, released in March 1969. 

Post Elevators, he performed with many band’s in the Texan Hill Country and briefly featured in a line-up of The Golden Dawn – another highly regarded band who also released an LP for International Artists. But his musical career was cut short when he was drafted to Vietnam in late 1968, where he served with the 199th Infantry Unit. Upon his return he joined Obie and The Raincrow with Stacy and ex-Golden Dawn drummer Bobby Rector. He also featured in the Elevators reformations in 1973, 1977, 1984 and the final show down in 2015 – when the band appeared before their largest crowd ever: 10,000+ fans.