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Mixing up an unlikely but winning combination of vintage rock & roll, old-school country, and post-millennial cool, King Leg is, depending on when you ask, either the stage name of songwriter and vocalist Bryan Joyce or the collective handle for Joyce and his group. Born in 1986 and raised in Nebraska, Joyce began writing songs as a teenager, and in high school he joined his first band, an Andrew W.K. tribute act. As Joyce became more interested in songwriting, he decided to take a stab at making music his career and moved to Nashville, Tennessee. While living in Nashville, Joyce founded a Smiths cover band, which favored his slight vocal resemblance to Morrissey. (His voice has more often been compared to Roy Orbison.) With his musical career not making much progress, Joyce shifted gears and enrolled in college, hoping to attend medical school. However, Joyce was passed over for med school, and as he pondered his next move, a friend encouraged him to give songwriting another chance. Joyce pulled up stakes and moved to Los Angeles, where he put together a band and started playing out as King Leg. Joyce and his group developed a buzz in L.A., and when veteran A&R man and label chief Lenny Waronker heard them, he recommended the act to Seymour Stein, head of Sire Records, whose signings included the Ramones, Talking Heads, and Madonna. Stein was just as enthusiastic as Waronker, and he quickly signed King Leg to a record deal. King Leg booked time at Capitol Records' Studio B, and with Dwight Yoakam and Chris Lord-Alge serving as producers, they started recording Joyce's songs for posterity. On June 30, 2017, King Leg dropped their first single, titled "Great Outdoors." October 2017 saw the release of their first full-length album, Meet King Leg; by this time, King Leg were on the road supporting the LP with a string of dates opening for co-producer Yoakam. ~ Mark Deming

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