Welcome! I’m Garrison Leykam, an AARP card-carrying motorcycle riding Baby Vroomer, producer, author, stand up comic, TV and radio host and lover of all things motorcycles, music and classic road food menus.
My website is my online diner. And, like most classic roadside eateries, you never know who you might be sitting next to at the counter. On the menu are entertaining and informative podcasts, articles and profiles served-up by noted celebrities, experts and folks just like you and me. So, sit awhile, enjoy the conversation and hopefully leave more satisfied than before you dropped in. Those Diner and Motorcycle Guys is open 24 x 7 and you’re always welcome!
About Me: Life has been a ride…literally and experientially.
As a performer, I played the local coffee house circuit alternating nights with fellow Iona College alumnus Don McLean and opened on the steps of Cardinal Spellman Hall for The Beach Boys and The Four Tops. New York City clubs like Malachy’s II beckoned me into the Big Apple. I started adding original songs to my repertoire of covers and penned a few ones good enough to get me a songwriter contract with Burlington-Felsted, the publishing division of recording industry giant London Records, Inc.
I had the wonderful opportunity during the height of the British wave of music to have worked at London Records with such artists as The Moody Blues, Dave Edmunds, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, VanMorrison with Them, Al Green, ZZ Top…the list goes on and to have been able to produce some incredible artists, including legendary jazz pianist Erroll Garner.
As a performer, I played the local coffee house circuit alternating nights with fellow Iona College alumnus Don McLean and opened on the steps of Cardinal Spellman Hall for The Beach Boys and The Four Tops. New York City clubs like Malachy’s II beckoned me into the Big Apple. I started adding original songs to my repertoire of covers and penned a few ones good enough to get me a songwriter contract with Burlington-Felsted, the publishing division of recording industry giant London Records, Inc. which was riding the crest of the British wave of music. The need to perform has never left me and I’ve been blessed to perform at legendary CBGBs in New York City and the world-renowned Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.
Diners, motorcycles and back roads have always held a fascination for me. I’ve traveled to England, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Egypt and other fascinating places. But, I’ve yet to sit at a counter stool in a diner that I’ve never been to in a town I’m visiting for the first time talking to people I’ve never met with my motorcycle parked out front that hasn’t felt just about perfect; so much so that I hosted and produced “DINERS” that aired on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV). The custom motorcycle built for the show with artwork by my some Chris was featured in the AMA’s “MotoStars: Celebrities + Motorcycles” exhibit alongside bikes from Brad Pitt, Carlos Mencia, Keith Urban, Peter Fonda and other celebrities and bands including Journey, Rush and Foreigner as well as in the companion book to the exhibit. Opening night at MotoStars made me realize that my love of motorcycles and diners was embraced by a lot of well-known people beyond my immediate circle of family and friends:
My motorcycle trip across Egypt was an experience I will never forget: Garrison’s Motorcycle Trip Across Egypt.
The “DINERS” TV show, combined with my gypsy-like need for self-exploration, was the kick star to my producing, writing, directing and experiencing the TV documentary “Comic On A Half Shell” about his my experiences learning to become a stand up comedian and opening at New York City’s famed Gotham Comedy Club. Read the article. What a hoot that was! I have to tell you that if you ever get the experience to try stand up, DO IT!!! After just 5-minutes on stage you will swear you’re wearing a superman cape and that there’s nothing you can’t do!
I decided that since I was motorcycling to all these diners, especially in my home state of Connecticut, that I should write a book about it…so I did: Classic Diners of Connecticut is published by The History Press.
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