After a few years of relative hibernation, Ted Leonard was coming alive when I spoke with him in August of 2013. He had, or was in the process of recording material with 4 different bands. At that time were still studio projects, with only Spock’s Beard having any live commitments. In the time since however, the busy studio man has become a live staple in my concert diet. From a personal perspective, after not having seen Ted live since becoming a fan around 2005, up until 2014, I have seen him perform 9 times since.
For starters, Ted stepped in for Daniel Gildenlow when health issues forced him to sit out the last Transatlantic tour. Then Spock’s Beard made a few appearances on the East coast, and finally Enchant embarked on their first tour in a decade. Ted’s future with Transatlantic is uncertain, but Spock’s Beard is on the verge of a new album, and Enchant has vowed to continue their comeback from a long hiatus, with their next step being some European shows come October.
For a long time I would have considered Ted one of those overlooked gems in the progressive world, but thankfully his recent high profile gigs have allowed him to gain some of the recognition he deserves.