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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Hey folks, Wanted to let you know that we just had another couple great sessions with Mike Timmins, recording the follow up to 'Early Riser'. Still be a little while before it's released but we're definitely all very excited. In the meantime I'm doing some shows here and there but mainly just performances and activity […]
Hey folks! This Saturday night, I'll be playing at the Joy Bistro in Toronto, part of the Mill St. Brewery Lights Out event for Indie Week. It will be during Earth Hour, so I'll be playing unamplified. Starts at 8:30, 884 Queen St. E. In other news, we have some 'Jerry Leger & The Situation' […]
Hey folks, I'll be performing a special show this coming Wednesday at the great Leslie Jones Restaurant, 1182 Queen St. E. in the Toronto area of Leslieville. I'm also honored to have a pizza named after me at one of my favourite places to eat in the city. If you would like to make reservations […]
All CDs, LPs and shirts are currently on sale until the end of the year in our online store. Just visit the MERCH page to find some deals. Happy holidays! Source: Jerry Leger
Hey folks, I'll be playing a great venue in Toronto called The Burdock this coming Wednesday December 9th. Doors are at 8:30 and my good buddy, Ben Somer from Hamilton will open the show at 9. $10 at the door or only $8 for advance tickets available here: http://burdockto.com/shows/?show=63 This venue is also known for […]