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.
Private, Corporate & Festival bookings
We’re looking forward to playing at Bruce Wine Bar this Friday night July 21st in Thornbury, ON. We’ll be playing two sets, one at 7pm and one at 9pm. Reservations recommended. (519) 599-1112 Saturday night, July 22nd were at the new venue Crow Bar and Variety in Collingwood. Show starts at 9pm! The new album […]
We’ll be playing Saturday afternoon, July 8th in Jimmie Simpson Park at 3:30pm, part of Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside Festival here in Toronto. Hope to see you. The new album Nonsense and Heartache available now Vinyl/CD/Download/Stream: https://lnk.to/JerryLegerCA Source: Jerry Leger
Tonight I’ll be playing a solo opening set for Cam Malcolm & Deseronto at The Dakota Tavern. Doors at 9pm. On Thursday enjoy a free lunchtime performance part of the Indulge Festival in David Peacaut Square (Metro Hall, by Roy Thompson Hall) 12:30-1:30. That same night we’ll be carrying on our long standing Thursday night […]
Had a great time talking with Cory Price for his show “Live from Railtown” on Roundhouse Radio. It aired during our tour stop in Vancouver but you can hear it on demand at their website: https://cirh2.streamon.fm/listen-pl-10662 Source: Jerry Leger
Had a great time chatting with Brendan Morley at Beatroutes, you can read it here: http://beatroute.ca/2017/06/05/jerry-leger-presenting-two-sides-of-an-underrated-canadian-musician/ West Coast Dates begin this Wednesday! 06/07 Winnipeg, MB – Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club 06/08 Portage La Prairie, MB – Cafe On Prince 06/09 Dauphin, MB – Bruce’s Firehouse House Show 06/10 Saskatoon, SK – The Underground […]
Very happy to share this unique stop-motion animated video created by artist Shannon Gerard for “Things Are Changing Round here” off of the new LP. These are drawings that were cut out, pasted and brought to life on a blank gallery wall. Editing by Morgan Yew & Shannon. Special thanks to Laura Proctor. Hope you […]