Tandy Culpepper Talks With Singer-Songwriter Leo Sawikin About His Upcoming Album And Tour

Singer-songwriter Leo Sawikin, like many other emerging recording artists, is busy making up for lost time. He wrote the material for his first album, Row Me Away, in 2019. The album was released two years later in 2021 — one year into the covid pandemic. Promoting that album in front of a live audience wasn’t possible.

But that was then. 

Sawikin has been back in the studio recording tracks for a follow-up album to be released in the fall. Seven new singles are already out. Leo is gearing up for numerous tour dates that will take him from coast to coast in support of musician Jon McLaughlin.

Tandy Culpepper and Leo talk about writing, singing, and touring in this episode of The Hollywood Beat.



Published by Tandy Culpepper

I am a veteran broadcast journalist. I was an Army brat before my father retired and moved us to the deep South. I'm talkin' Lower Alabama and Northwest Florida, I graduated from Tate High School and got botha Bachelor's degree and Master's in Teaching English from the University of West Florida, I taught English at Escambia County High School for two years before getting my m's in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Auburn University. Following graduation, I did a 180 degree turn and moved to Birmingham where I began ny broadcasting career at WBIQ, Channel 10. There I was host of a weekly primetime half-hour TV program called Alabama Lifestyles. A year later, I began a stint as a television weathercaster and public affairs host. A year later, I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida and became bureau chief at WPTV, the CBS affiliate. Two years later, I moved to Greensboro, North Carolina where I became co-host of a morng show called AM Carolina. The next year, I moved cross-country and became co-host and story producer at KTVN-TV in Reno, Nevada. I also became the medical reporter for the news department. Three years later, I moved to Louisville, Kentucky and became host and producer of a morning show called today in WAVE Country at WAVE-TV, Channel 3, the NBC affiliate. Following three years there, I moved to Los Angeles and became senior correspondent at the Turner Entertainment Reportn, an internationally-syndicated entertainment entertainment news service owned by CNN. I went back to school afterwards and got an MFA in Creative Nonfiction at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore. Oh, yes. I won a hundred thousand dollars on the 100 Thousand Dollar Pyramid, then hosted by Dick Clark.

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