On a Wednesday night in August 2013, Jerry Leger stepped onto the stage at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, a rite of passage for any aspiring troubadour, Canadian or otherwise, as the likes of Jeff Tweedy and Lucinda Williams would surely admit. The ever-present echo of Stompin’ Tom Connors’ boot heel is audible if you listen hard enough, but what flashed through Jerry’s mind were the long-forgotten singers who often performed on nights like these to crowds barely visible through a low-hanging fog of Export A smoke.
Ghosts seemed to be everywhere. “Buddy Holly came to me in a dream last night,” Jerry felt compelled to disclose at one point. Later, he asked rhetorically if anyone wanted to hear a Hank Williams song and proceeded to play “Six More Miles (To The Graveyard),” dedicating it to his late grandfather, the man who taught him about country music. Perhaps if Jerry hadn’t introduced it, most in the crowd wouldn’t have given a second thought as to whether Jerry had written the song himself, blending in so beautifully as it did with his own material.
Coming off that magical night, Jerry, his band the Situation (James McKie, Dan Mock, Kyle Sullivan) organist Jeff Heisholt, Aaron Comeau on piano and backup vocalists (Carleigh Aikins, Tamara Lindeman, Ivy Mairi) recorded Early Riser, already album number seven in a remarkably young career. It’s the first to be produced by Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies, a man who unquestionably knows his way around a song. Jerry’s been building such alliances more and more lately; one of his earliest supporters was Ron Sexsmith, who’s played piano on a couple of Jerry’s previous albums, including the last, Some Folks Know. That record also featured a duet with Serena Ryder, and after his first trip to Nashville, Jerry now counts Jim Lauderdale and other Music City luminaries among his fans.
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Nonsense and Heartache
Thanks to Jeremy Searle at AmericanaUK for sharing the video for “Things Are Changing ‘Round Here” from Nonsense and Heartache which sees a re-release in the UK and Europe March 2nd through Latent Recordings/Proper Music. Take a look: http://americana-uk.com/video-jerry-leger-things-are-changing-round-here The video was created and filmed by Toronto artist Shannon Gerard, made up of thousands of […]
Thanks to Roddy Hart at BBC Radio Scotland for spinning “For Hire” from Nonsense and Heartache which sees a UK/Europe release March 2nd! Nice to be in good company as well. Listen to the full show here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09qq6mb Check out the full list of EU/UK April tour dates and more: http://www.jerryleger.com/tour/ Source: Jerry Leger
Hey folks, Happy to announce that we’ve been added to the lineup of Down By The River Festival in Venlo, Netherlands happening at Grenswerk Sunday April 8th! Other performers include Blitzen Trapper, The Deep Dark Woods, Kacy & Clayton, Andrew Combs and more! Thanks to Jair Hoogland at Sedate Bookings for including us. Check out […]
As mentioned earlier, Nonsense and Heartache will be re-released across Europe and the UK March 2nd. For those in those territories you can now pre-order. Follow the link below and choose your listening preference! http://smarturl.it/JerryLegerEU Source: Jerry Leger
Very excited to announce that the current double album, Nonsense and Heartache will be re-released overseas March 2nd through Latent Recordings/Proper Music Distribution. A tour across Europe, Scandinavia and the UK will follow for most of April and I’ll be bringing my band, The Situation. This will be my first tour overseas and I’m very […]
Happy Holidays, folks! I hope 2017 treated you well. Thank you so much to all of those who came to see us and purchased Nonsense and Heartache this year. We have one last official date left before 2018 and it’s happening this Friday night, December 22nd at The Dakota Tavern in Toronto. Doors are at […]