Live Footage: Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter Dylan LeBlanc Performs “Renegade” at FAME Studios

 

Dylan LeBlanc is Shreveport, LA-born and based singer/songwriter and guitarist, who grew up in a very musical home. LeBlanc’s father was a country singer/songwriter. who performed in various bars and clubs across the region. At a very young age, LeBlanc acquired a unique musical education, in which he frequently spent late nights watching his father and other musicians record at the studios, where his father play as a studio musician. Naturally, the Shreveport-born and-based singer/songwriter and musician was intrigued and became a musician himself, eventually playing in his first band, an alternative rock band by the name of Jimmy Sad Eyes Blue with another local musician Daniel Goodwill.

As the story goes, Goodwill inspired LeBlanc to begin writing his own music. After spending a few years with Jimmy Sad Eyes Blues, LeBlanc was forced to attend rehab. Following rehab, LeBlanc decided to pursue music full-time instead of returning to high school. He joined Muscle Shoals Punk Rock band, replacing its lead singer, who left the band to join Sons of Roswell — and as a member of the band, Dylan toured throughout the region. A few years later, he co-founded the band Abraham, a band that also featured Alabama Shakes‘ Ben Tanner, who at the time was also the house engineer at FAME Studios.

When LeBlanc turned 19, he left Abraham to pursue a solo career. He signed with Rough Trade Records, who released his full-length debut, 2010’s Paupers Field, which featured “If The Creek Don’t Rise,” a collaboration with Emmylou Harris. To support the album, the Shreveport-born and-based singer/songwriter and guitarist opened for the likes of Lucinda Williams, The Civil Wars, Laura Marling, George Ezra and Calexico. Building upon a growing profile, LeBlanc’s sophomore album 2012’s Cast the Same Old Shadow was released to critical praise, with The Guardian calling the album’s songs “as beautiful as they are bleak,” and the album itself, “eerie rather than unsettling.” That year, LeBlanc opened for Bruce Springsteen, First Aid Kit, Drive By Truckers and Alabama Shakes.

Dylan LeBlanc’s third full-length album, the John Paul White-produced 2016’s Cautionary Tale featured Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard and was praised by the likes of NPR and No Depression. Supporting that album, he wound up touring with the likes of Anderson East, The Wood Brothers and others.

Interestingly, LeBlanc’s fourth album, the recently released Dave Cobb-produced Renegade finds the Shreveport-born and-based singer/songwriter and guitarist and his backing band attempting to write the sort of songs that matched the atmosphere that they were bringing live. “So, I started with ‘Renegade,’ which was fitting since I felt myself going in a new, more intense direction with this record. In the studio, I let go almost absolutely and let Dave Cobb do his work. It was a different experience for me-how focused Cobb was and how quickly we would get live takes down, mostly in one or two takes and never more than three. It left me spinning at how quickly it all came together. Over the course of ten days Renegade was complete and ready for mastering. And I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you.”

“Renegade” the album title track and first single off the recently released album is a shuffling and atmospheric, minor key rocker, centered around an atmospheric hook, shimmering, pedal effected guitars and LeBlanc’s lilting falsetto, and while clearly being indebted to Damn the Torpedoes-era Tom Petty, the carefully crafted reveals a novelistic attention to psychological depth, as it tells the story of two star-crossed lovers — one, who seems desperate to leave, the other, who is desperate to stay.

Directed by Alysse Gafkjen, the recently released video was filmed at Muscle Shoals‘ legendary FAME Studios. Interestingly, the live session was a sort of homecoming for LeBlanc, who who began working at the studio when he was 16 — and where he later began recording his own music. “It was surreal and brought me back to a time and place that I had almost forgotten,” LeBlanc says of the sessions. “The only place where time always seems to stand still.”

LeBlanc is currently on an extensive tour to support Renegade and the tour includes a June 19, 2019 stop at Rough Trade. Check out the tour dates below.

TOUR DATES
June 12-Atlanta, GA-The Earl
June 13-Carrboro, NC-Cat’s Cradle Back Room
June 14-Washington, DC-Pearl Street
June 15-Philadelphia, PA-Boot & Saddle
June 18-Bethlehem, PA-Blast Furnace
June 19-Brooklyn, NY-Rough Trade
June 20-Pittsburgh, PA-Club Cafe
June 21-Detroit, MI-El Club
June 22-Winnetka, IL-Winnetka Festival
June 23-Chicago, IL-Schubas Tavern
June 25-La Crosse, WI-Charmant Hotel
June 26-Minneapolis, MN-Turf Club
June 27-Iowa City, IA-The Mill
June 28-St Louis, MO-Old Rock House
June 29-Nashville, TN-The Basement East
July 10-New Orleans, LA-One Eyed Jacks
July 11-Houston, TX-White Oak
July 12-Austin, TX-Stubbs Jr
July 13-Dallas, TX-Dada
July 14-Oklahoma City, OK-VZD’s
July 16-Phoenix, AZ-Valley Bar
July 17-San Diego, CA-Casbah
July 18-Los Angeles, CA-Troubadour
July 19-Santa Cruz, CA-Catalyst Atrium
July 20-San Francisco, CA-The Independent
July 23-Portland, OR-Doug Fir
July 24-Seattle, WA-Tractor
July 27-Denver, CO-Globe Hall
August 11-Venlo, NL-Zomerparkfeest
August 12-Bielefeld, DE-Movie
August 14-Hamburg, DE-Knust
August 15-Malmo, SWE-Malmo Festivalen
August 16-Olso, NO-John Dee
August 17-Göteborg, SWE-Pustervik
August 20-Stockholm, SWE-Bryggarsalen
August 21-Copenhagen, DK-Vega
August 23-Oberhausen, DE-Zentrum Altenberg
August 24-Amsterdam, NL-Once In A Blue Moon
August 25-Charleville-Mézières, FR-Le Cabaret Vert
August 28-Paris, FR-Les Etoiles
August 29-Sint Niklaas, BE-Casino
August 30-Berlin, DE-Privatclub
August 31-Dresden, DE-Sound of Bronkow Festival
September 3-London, UK-Omeara
September 4-Leeds, UK-Brudenell Social Club
September 5-Manchester, UK-Night People
September 6-Guidford, UK-The Keep
September 7-Enschede, NL-Tuckerville

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