ville leppanen

"The weird but nice combination of country and jazz has always fascinated me,"

says Finnish multi-instrumentalist Ville Leppänen.

Americana slide and steel—as viewed from Helsinki.

Finnish guitarist Ville Leppänen has only visited the United States a few times, though his deep knowledge of American music suggests otherwise. Playing conventional guitar as well as resonator, pedal steel, and lap steel, Leppänen has forged a style that synthesizes many regional sounds, from the Southwest to the Hawaiian Islands.

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