performing in public during 2016 in the Central New York area
even though I've been playing music for over
The purpose of this site is to allow all who enter,
the opportunity to learn something new about me,
George Leija, and the bands I've played with:
The Stone River Band,
and The Live Bait Band
three times; first in Detroit with the best
bunch of guys I've ever known, second in 2008 when
I brought the NY band to life, and recently in 2014.
I also have the privilege to perform with
some very talented musicians in The Country Castaways Band.
Mostly, though, I play acoustic music under the name of
"Strumming George or George Leija."
You will also be able to access an updated
listing of events where I am playing
and see pictures of the places
I have performed and the talented people
I have had the pleasure to perform with!
"Strumming George" Leija
The Stone River Band
In 2010, a talented group of musicians formed,
"The Stone River Band" even though they have performed together under
another name since 2008.
On ocaission, George sang with Freestyle, which was essentially the The Stone River Band as well, until the leader of the band,
and his good friend, Dale Osborn,
was killed in a motorcycle/automobile
accident in August 2011.
Please feel free to access the contact page if you need
to get in touch for future bookings for
your event or private party.
I'm also available for bookings at
nursing homes to entertain our seniors.
There is a link for email feedback as well.
We hope you enjoy the site!
George Leija is a multi-talented entertainer. Having performed for many audiences, large and small in both Detroit, MI and Syracuse, NY. His voice, many reflect, sounds so much like the original singers of the recordings, that they are amazed at his range and sound.
George plays the acoustic guitar mostly, but can play rhythm electric, piano, banjo, drums, percussion and many other instruments. He sings lead vocals and can sing harmony for others.
He is a great showman, always involving his audience in his performance whenever he can. He prefers to have people "help" with the performance of some songs making the show more lively. Kids love to be out when George is playing music. He has selected songs geared just for kids too, that even the parents love.
There is great LIVE music in CNY and it will die if people don't support it. Please go hear a live band or musician soon!