Wes Leslie is a San Francisco-based musician pioneering the genre of “bedroom soul.”

He has been called an “artist to watch” by San Francisco’s The Bay Bridged, and also records folk singer-songwriter music, runs a traveling tiki pop-up bar, and owns the walking tour company Wild SF.


Bedroom Soul

Wes Leslie’s music is characterized by heartfelt lyrics that explore long-distance relations in the modern world, with warm jazz guitar and an intimate bedroom recording quality, because that’s exactly where he records.

Bedroom Soul, his debut cassette, was self-released in 2017 with a formal-attire show at Italian supperclub The Rite Spot. This concert also debuted his backing band, the Bedroom Players, a rotating cast that has featured the rhythm section of fellow SF band Hot Flash Heat Wave.

Wes has also released an acoustic breakup album (When You’re Gone, You’re Still In My Songs), an indie-folk record (The Alphabelt) with Wes Leslie and His Deadly Medley, a queer Dylan-esque folk album (Ends Meat), and is currently working on a tropical soul record produced by Avi Naim that blends mid-century exotica with doo-wop and Tin Pan Alley.

Born in Palo Alto and raised in the Bay Area, Wes attended SF State University and the Complutense University of Madrid for Creative Writing and Spanish Language studies.


“A happy and healthy community is not a fairytale. All you need is a seed.”



Shabazz had to extend the garden to her front lawn but even then, it wasn’t enough to feed all who wanted to be involved. With neighbors January Blum and Lucas Dupont, Shabazz found a large vacant lot on Main Street and secured it as a farming cooperative. Word about Project Sprout spread throughout Kent County, so the team was invited to help start other community gardens.

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Our Mission

Kent County is one of the most severely underserved communities in Tennessee. To combat this adversity, Project Sprout seeks to nourish our neighbors at the most fundamental level with healthy food options and a strong support network. All members get a portion of each harvest and surpluses are donated to low-income families whose work schedules prevent them from volunteering.



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With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.

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If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.

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