Dylan LeBlanc is engaging and soft-spoken in person, yet his striking new album Renegade reflects the power of his live show - one that he simply describes as rock 'n' roll. While the album was recorded in just 10 days and tracked in three, the intensity of the project marks the culmination of more than a decade on the road.
"I like the idea of a renegade -- branching off from society or from the structure of the way our world is designed," he says of Renegade, his first album for ATO Records. "It felt right to call it that. I wanted to write about the crueler, nasty aspects of the world and life."
LeBlanc's observations are woven through Renegade, though he's more interested in telling the story than judging the characters for their decisions. The title track, he says, is "about troubled cocky young men charming young women who were intrigued by that way of life, only for it to end in tragedy. I saw this countless times growing up." Later he writes about his personal efforts to become a stronger person in "Born Again," after a childhood of being bullied for his long hair and an adolescence marked by insecurity, fear, and anger.
Wicked and wild, her sirens call an oil spill, floating atop thee languid waves of torment, a nanny-nanny-bew-bew to the ocean beneath, she caresses thee buoying masses, holding them aloft with thee effortless grace of a branch-bearing dove. Born from the dark, rich soil of West Virginia, raised in the clear, hop-scented country air, Sierra Ferrell cut her teeth on the rail lines, truck stops, street corners, and dingy, dimly lit listening rooms all across the land, belting out her old-time melodies, a sorcery, drawing her patrons, ever more deeply, into her animated tapestry of forlorn, star-crossed love, of longing, poverty, of suffering and triumph, encompassing that irreconcilable thrum of the human spirit and all the complexities of emotion that come with it.
One moment, with startling clarity, she calls to bear the opium opulence, that seductively solemn soujorn of the 1920s jazz club stage, the next, she'll have you taking to your toes, dancing in careless merriment, whirling, winking, and carrying on with all the confidence of a honky tonk king or queen, while she plays, sings, stomps, and yodels out the utter essence of the honky tonk country blues. You turn to your partner, peer into their eyes with the recognition of a perfect moment, and plant a kiss firmly upon their lips. They smile as your lips meet, pull you in tighter, romance... is born anew! Catch her now, folx, in this most intimate of settings, for her Star is ever on the rise!
Dylan LeBlanc is engaging and soft-spoken in person, yet his striking new album Renegade reflects the power of his live show - one that he simply describes as rock 'n' roll. While the album was recorded in just 10 days and tracked in three, the intensity of the project marks the...