Feature: gb leighton, musician

By Christa Lawler
Duluth News Tribune

Twin Cities-based gb leighton is as much a part of the Grandma’s Marathon weekend scene as elusive course records and droves of straight-legged limpers wearing “Finisher” T-shirts.

This will be the 14th year that the fun-time, sing-along bar band with regional appeal has secured this gig — playing for the masses beneath the big-top tent at Canal Park. And in that time, it is this scene that has become front-man Brian Leighton’s happy place, the spot he goes to in his mind when he imagines his ideal concert setting as he mentally prepares for his other shows.

“It always makes me feel like a star, almost,” Leighton said. “It’s one of those set-ups: big stage, big tents, thousands of people and they sing along all the words. … In my mind, that’s why the show is important to me.”

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Originally published June 17, 2010 in the Duluth News Tribune