F.D. Leone was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and has lived in the South for all but eight years of his life. Besides Shreveport, Leone lived in Dallas and Nashville, where for the last nearly 30 years has been home.
He has had songs recorded by Lee Ann Womack, Chris Knight, Joy Lynn White, Matt King and a few others. His primary interest has been writing story songs, but only recently did the idea to write songs linking a group of characters occur to him.
The songs on Highway 80 Stories focus on the region surrounding U.S. 80 and describe the settlement history and lives of nine families and dozens, if not hundreds of the characters who lived or passed through the swath of territory stretching from Dallas to Macon.