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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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 […]
Next Saturday night we’re happy to be back in Sudbury, Ontario at The Townehouse Tavern for a show presented by Northern Lights Festival Boreal. Tell your friends! Follow this link to learn more and how to purchase adv tix: http://nlfb.ca/jerryleger/ In another news, the album Traveling Grey has turned 7 years old! Upon its release, […]
There have been some rumors that I might be touring overseas in the New Year, maybe they’re true, I don’t know. Anyway, it’s nice that the new LP is getting some nice things said about it. Thanks to Johnny Wilhelmsen in Norway for listing ‘Nonsense and Heartache’ as one of the best records of the […]
‘Some Folks Know’, my 6th studio release came out 5 years ago today. Featuring contributions from Ron Sexsmith, Serena Ryder (including the duet, “All Over Again”), album producer Tim Bovaconti and of course my band, The Situation (James McKie, Dan Mock, Kyle Sullivan). Most of it was recorded at my buddy and fellow singer-songwriter, Ben […]
Hey gang, Wanted to let you know that the band and I will be playing Saturday November 11th at The Dakota Tavern, part of Indie Week. Also on the bill is Andrea Ramolo, Buck Twenty and The Weber Brothers. Doors are at 9:30, our set begins at 11:30. Hope to see you out if you’re […]