F.D. Leone was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and has lived in the South his entire life, except for eight years in New York City. Besides his hometown of Shreveport where he lived until the age of 24, Leone has lived in Dallas and, most recently, Nashville.
His songs have been songs recorded by Lee Ann Womack, Chris Knight, and Joy Lynn White, among 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. An avid reader of Southern fiction, his inspiration has come from William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry.
The songs and stories on Highway 80 Stories focus on the region surrounding U.S. 80 and describe the settlement history and significant events in the lives of nine fictional families and dozens, if not hundreds of the characters who lived or passed through the swath of territory stretching from Dallas to Macon.