Nånting oväntat och annorlunda! 

När jag släppte min senaste solo platta, Becoming the Sea i våras så fick jag många fina ord från en massa olika ställen. När Per Bjurman från Aftenbladet skrev att jag var ”Den bäste svenske låtskrivaren du aldrig hört talas om” så värmde det extra. För ett par veckor sedan fick jag ett meddelande via Facebook Messenger från en fotograf vid namn Göran Stierna i Halmstad som hade läst Per Bjurmans artikel och sa att han tyckte väldigt mycket om låten California. Han tyckte dock att den skulle vara på svenska och handla om Tylösand istället! Dessutom kände han saxofonisten Per Thornberg. Jo, låten skulle ha saxofon också! 

Sagt och gjort! Jag började skissa på en svensk text direkt, gjorde ny sång på svenska och skickade det vidare till en Carl Persson som spelade in Pers saxofon. 

I sanningens namn har jag aldrig varit i Tylösand, men Göran skickade mej en fil med fotografier på stället som var så vackra och stämningsfulla att jag ville flytta dit! När vi nu släpper singeln, Tylösand, så är det en av hans bilder ni ser när ni lyssnar på Spotify och andra streaming tjänster. Lyssnar ni på Youtube kan ni se flera av dom! 

Det är så här kul det kan bli när människor jag inte ens träffat tänker till och vill göra något annorlunda. Idag känner jag mej både lite stolt och bortskämd! Tack, Göran, Per och Carl! Det blev fint det här. 

Hoppas låten värmer i höstmörkret och blir en ljuspunkt i er tillvaro! Nu kör vi! Mot Tylösand! 



Goodbye 2019! 

The year went by quicker than any other I can remember! GB Leighton played a lot all over the place, but the show that really sticks out for me was the one we did at the The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge on December 13. Playing live is always about the unknown. You don’t know what it’s gonna be like until you’re in the middle of it. I like the element of chance. Our fans surprised us by making the show a sold out success! Michelle made it special by making sure there was free cool stuff for the people who bought advance tickets. For a moment or two, I felt like the music was playing itself and I was just along for the ride. I live for moments like that. Thank you! We also survived The Eelpout Festival in Leech Lake. Lesser people may have died from exposure, but I guess we are made of stronger stuff! 

We also released the new album, 2nd Chance! Thanks to Michelle for organizing the whole thing! Many of the songs have become fan favorites and staples in our set lists. Brian brought me top shelf songs to produce, making my job a pleasure. Big thanks to all the fans who stepped up and contributed, meeting our fundraising goal in just over 24 hours! We are working on a new batch of songs right now that we hope to share with you sooner than later! 

2019 was also a year of worry. Worry about the future of the country we reside in. Worry about the country I was born in. Worry about our ability to see things clearly. Worry that some of us have grown into believing that facts are no longer facts. That facts are just opinions among many others. Worry that we are getting used to something that was unthinkable just a few years ago. Worry that we’ve forgotten that we were all immigrants at one point, just wanting to make a better life for our families. Why would we want a president that we wouldn’t be want as a neighbor, boss or coworker? The way the GOP is standing by him is no mystery. They are getting ready for something and it has nothing to do with anything that resembles democracy. 2020 will be a very important year for all of us. 

As a family, Michelle, Elliott and I had a year that brought a lot of media attention. Elliott had the opportunity to go to New York and Los Angeles because of it, and KARE 11 and The Star Tribune ran stories on our unique situation. At 11 years old, Elliott started attending the U of M as a junior and he loves it there. Some well meaning people worry about him missing out on his childhood, but he also has a life outside of school that is very much that of an 11 year old boy! 

He reminds me so much of my dad; Brilliant, curious and very kind. He lets Michelle and I know what he’s interested in and we do our best to accommodate him. We are very lucky to have some flexibility in our work to make that possible! 

I love what I do for a living, but it can be hard work. Without the support of family, it would be all but impossible to pull off. A lot of you know Michelle really well by now! She makes it all happen. She has worked in just about any capacity for GB Leighton and just started running sound a bit outside of the GB orbit! She’s a master at getting things done while Elliott and I often end up with our heads in the clouds. I love you, Sweetest! 

Lisbeth Andersson at Sharkfin Sweden AB picks makes sure that I always have the best. Had somebody told me when I was a kid that one day I’d be endorsed by them, I think I would have fainted! I keep running into other guitar players out there and more often than not they are blown away by the durability and versatility of Sharkfins. I’ve used them for 42 years and anything else is just not gonna cut it. Come talk to me after any show and I’ll be happy to show you how great they are! 

Electro-Voice/ Michael Doucot is a local Minnesota company and I always bring their powered speakers along for the many acoustic shows I do every year. They are clear, powerful and durable. Thank you for your continued support! 

Jeri Hart makes me look good at every show with the custom guitar straps she makes for me. Each one a work of art. I like to say that if you can dream it, Jeri can make it! 

What good is a guitar without quality strings on it? Ernie Ball makes the best there is. I go through hundreds of sets a year and they never let me down. They also make my favorite volume and delay pedals (the VP JR and the Ambient Delay) and they’ll never leave my pedalboard! 

I also had the pleasure of recording some incredible artists here at Studio Bredsound. I recorded Ali Gray's second Christmas album in April and we borrowed Elliott’s fake Christmas tree for the studio to set the mood! It worked! Another highlight was the ongoing recording with ChrisTina Schlieske. After 34 years we are still exploring and finding new ways to write, play and record. 

I hope that 2020 will be a good year for you, your loved ones and for this great country we call home! Happy new year! 



Goodbye 2018! 

What was 2018 really all about? It went by in a flash. I look through my calendar and I can see that GB Leighton played a lot, all over the place. Everywhere we went we met wonderful people who made us feel welcome. Scott Wenum departed, but we got Ryan Inselman back and the feeling in the band is really great. We all seem to be on the same page, pulling in the same direction. To be in a band that’s firing on all cylinders feels wonderful. 

2018 was certainly the year where we finally finished the new GB Leighton album “2nd Chance”! It’s been a long time coming, but I feel that it’s really special. Brian wrote all the songs on it by himself and it’s his most personal collection of songs to date. I’m very proud of him. Brian and I produced the album together and didn’t let it go until he felt that all the songs were saying all they had to say. 

Releasing new music can be a challenge for anyone these days, but thanks to our fans, the new album will see the light of day! My wife Michelle mounted a very ambitious Kickstarter campaign, and we met our target in twenty-four hours! GB Leighton fans are in a league of their own, and I’m blown away by their dedication and love for the band. I’ve never seen anything like it. Thank you! 

Some people think that putting new strings on a guitar is a pain in the ass, but I’m not one of them. It gives me time to think about what I do for a living. I’m a lucky guy! Ernie Ball strings has been there for me for the last several years, providing me with the best strings, guitar care products, volume pedals and more. If it’s good enough for Keith Richards, it’s certainly good enough for me! 

Sharkfin Sweden AB picks in Sweden are kind enough to send me the best picks in the world. I keep handing them out to other guitar players on the road. Once you’ve tried them, there is no going back. They are three picks in one, and if you switch between picking and finger picking during the same song, they’re invaluable. Thank you, Sharkfin! 

Do you know Jeri Hart? She is the amazing artist that makes my guitar straps. Peerless quality and designs that are as intricate as you can imagine. I’ve said it before: If you can dream it, Jeri Hart can make it! 

Looking to the future, I have a really good feeling about the New Year. It’s in the air! Politically, 2018 had a darkness to it that weighed heavily on many of us. Who are we as a people? At one point or another, we all came here because where we came from was no longer enough. We came to escape potato famines and oppressive kings and queens. In my case, I just wanted to live in the birthplace of jazz, blues, country, bluegrass and rock & roll. Singing in English in Sweden in the mid eighties was a nonstarter, so I left. It was well worth it to give up financial stability, five weeks of vacation per year and a pension. I don’t think anyone moves to America to bleed the system dry. My first job in America was working the graveyard shift at a gas station Monday through Friday. It was a job that no one wanted, but I did. I have never been between jobs since. I guess the only question that really matters is; Are we, or are we not our brother’s keeper? Do we, or do we not have a collective responsibility toward one another? Should we, or should we not empathize with people who literally have nothing? 

I don’t think that the threat to our way of life and standard of living is coming from South America. It’s coming from politicians who take money from enormous corporate entities where the main objective is to maintain a status quo. Real change will not be possible as long as pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, seed and pesticide companies control Washington. Their only objective is to control the poison as well as the cure, and they will spend whatever it takes to do so. This is not a time to squabble amongst ourselves. This is the time to hold our representatives in Washington accountable. The corruption is hiding in plain sight. 

In my personal life, I’ve been blessed. When I was younger, there was no sacrifice too big to get me to where I was going in music. I put it all on the altar of rock & roll. I had it in my mind that the only way I was going to achieve any degree of happiness was if I reached the toppermost of the poppermost. It took me many years to get out of my own way. I hurt some people along the way, and I deeply regret it. God didn’t give up on me. I got another chance at having a family; the only thing that really matters. Michelle and I have been together for almost twenty-one years. Ten years ago our son Elliott was born. These have been the best years of my life, and I thank God every night for giving me another chance. I love playing rock & roll in front of people, but the best part is knowing that I get to go home after the show. Home to my family. Thank you, Michelle and Elliott. 

If you are reading this, I wish you all the happiness in the year ahead. If we work together, are kind to one another and realize that deep down, we are all the same, everything will work out. That’s why we are here. 

Much love,


Thank you GB Leighton Fans! 

Our 2018 trip to Mazatlan, Mexico was a huge sucess thanks to you all! A huge thanks to Norma Cisneros of El Cid for making our stay so amazing. We had over 100 fans fly Sun Country Airlines with us. We had a meet and greet sunset cruise, played three amazing shows, and got to spend lots of time with you in the sun. We also were able to do something truly special, to give back to the Mazatlan community. We were put in touch with a girls orphanage and boys orphanage to see how we could help. We put out a list of items to those heading down with us and within 24 hours all of it and more was being donated and brought down from our fans and band members. Not only that, we had over $1200 in donations from our amazing fans that Brian was able to present to the orphanage. We are beyond blown away by the love and generosity our GB Leighton family. Thank you for making this trip so amazing and memorable. 

Should we do it in 2019 too?! Drop us a message and let us know if you would be interested!