Join us tonight (Weds Oct 6th) for another edition of ‘Latent Lounge’, this time it’s a beautifully filmed and recorded online event. You can watch it as it premieres tonight 8pm EST and the link will be active for 48 hours. You’ll hear five brand new songs from me, six new Cowboy Junkies tunes (Margo & Michael Timmins) and a special performance from Townies (Michael with Andy Maize of Skydiggers). Latent Lounge brings together artists that record for Cowboy Junkies record label, Latent Recordings.
Tickets are set at a low price of $10, in hopes (if you can) that you will pay a little more and that money will then be donated to the Legacy of Hope Foundation, an Indigenous charitable organization with the mandate to educate and create awareness and understanding about the Residential School System. Buy your ticket for the show here: https://sidedooraccess.com/shows/8LWXzL8Po02RhWlmUNLV
Michael, Andy and I will be in attendance in the chat, if you’d like to say hello! See you tonight.
Join us on Wednesday, October 6 at 8pm EST on Sidedoor for a very special return of the Latent Lounge presented by Cowboy Junkies, when we will be streaming a 70 minute pre-recorded acoustic concert featuring five brand new songs that will be on my next studio album. You can purchase tickets for the show here
You’ll also hear 6 new songs by labelmates, Cowboy Junkies (Margo & Michael Timmins) as well as a performance by Townies, a project by Michael Timmins and Andy Maize (of Skydiggers, also on Latent Recordings).
A couple of months ago, as Covid restrictions began to ease, a few of us who record for Latent decided to get together in a funky old converted barn, located about two hours north of Toronto, to share a few of the songs that we had been writing and developing over the past many months in isolation. Andy Maize (Skydiggers) and Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) performed a handful of songs from their Townies project; with my longtime bass player Dan Mock, I performed five acoustic versions of songs that will be on an upcoming studio album; and Margo and Michael of Cowboy Junkies performed six brand new songs that they had been working on at The Barn over the previous few weeks. We brought along a couple of cameras and our recording gear and the result is the latest Latent Lounge, our third in the series. Mike, Andy and myself will be in attendance in the chat so please make sure to say hi! We have intentionally kept the cost of the ticket for this event very low in hopes that many of you can donate a few more dollars to the “Legacy Of Hope Foundation”. This is a Canadian Indigenous charitable organization with the mandate to educate and create awareness and understanding about the Residential School System. If you can afford it, please pay a little more for your ticket. All money collected by Latent Recordings over the $10 suggested ticket price will be donated to the Legacy of Hope Foundation. Alternately, you can use the Donate link or go directly to the Legacy Of Hope website. www.legacyofhope.ca.
In other news, my first book of poetry Just The Night Birds, turns 1 on October 2nd. To celebrate I will have it available to order for 50% off this Friday, October 1st. This sale will only be available from my Bandcamp Store to help celebrate another Bandcamp Friday, when artists get to keep 100% of revenue from their sales one day only. If you haven’t picked up a copy yet or want to gift it to someone, Friday is the day! While your in the Bandcamp store, browse around to see if you’re missing any music or merch.
A couple recent releases you may have missed:
Street Anxiety by “Hank Holly” – one of my side projects, this is a mixture of atmospheric instrumentals and other songs recorded on an old 4-track cassette recorder. Have a listen and consider downloading/lifetime streaming: https://thedelfis.bandcamp.com/album/street-anxiety
The Apartment Show He Never Gave (soundtrack) – also recorded straight to tape, this is the soundtrack to the film I made at the beginning of the year. You’ll hear new acoustic & piano versions of tunes throughout my discography, including the recent surprise album Songs From The Apartment. Have a listen and consider downloading/lifetime streaming:https://jerryleger.bandcamp.com/album/the-apartment-show-he-never-gave-soundtrack
Sadly with the unpredictable weather forecast, we’ve decided to postpone our show @oldchurchtheatre that would have happened this Saturday in Trenton, ON. We’ll be rescheduling for an indoor show Spring 2022. Tickets will be refunded and new date will be announced later. Sorry to those who were looking forward to it, we were too! We haven’t been able to play too many shows during this pandemic and we miss it.
Hey all, Happy Bandcamp Friday (when 100% of sales goes to the artist), a good day to support your favourite music. To help celebrate, I’ve released a brand new record from my side-project universe. This is Street Anxiety by “Hank Holly”. I’m very happy with how the sounds and songs turned out on this record. Check it out here and please consider purchasing it (download and unlimited streaming): https://thedelfis.bandcamp.com/album/street-anxiety
ABOUT THE ALBUM: Street Anxiety is the new offering by the spiritual leader of The Del Fi’s, Hank Holly. Some songs are soundscapes, mini-soundtracks, coffeehouse ramblings and warped records. Recorded in a darkened corner by a window onto my old 80s Tascam 4-track tape recorder, we got into the deep corners of the soul. Hank told me he liked watching the tape move through its plastic body. Seeing that and the VU meters in their window wiper glory, added to the direction these recordings took from original ideas. He also said to me on one of these nights, “strange times but haven’t they always been strange, Leger?” That’s when I fell into the “bright swirl” trance. “If the fish are still swimmin’, then life is still worth livin’.” I really dug producing Hank Holly again. Our last offering was the trick r treat sound-tape, Halloween Music. That was meant to be played just how you would wanna hear it, blasting between a jack-o-lantern and a waterfall of candy bars into a pillow on Halloween night. Street Anxiety is a collection of songs, some have words, some are instrumental, that have a feeling, rather than a purpose. What the songs all have in common is the need to be released from its own four walls. Now they’re ready to go out walking but they keep on the back roads and stay close to home. At the moment, I don’t blame them and it makes me feel good to be within their friend circle. Now you are too. I hope you find some cautious comfort in this album, as I do.
Tomorrow (Saturday), if you’re in the Uxbridge, ON area and the weather holds up, we’ll see you for a special outdoor matinee at Second Wedge Brewing Co. 3pm-5pm. I’ll be joined by Dan Mock on upright bass/vocals. Dan and I will also be playing an outdoor matinee Saturday September 25th at Old Church Theatre in Trenton, ON. Tickets for that show are available here: https://oldchurch.ca/events/jerry-leger/
The band and I are excited for our rescheduled European & UK tours Spring 2022, check out the dates so far: http://jerryleger.com/tour/
For those who still want to grab a copy of the limited red vinyl release Songs From The Apartment, the following stores are now stocking a few:
I see it as a movie of blurred reality, I’m performing these songs for you but in another way, is it really happening? You’ll see/hear songs from the recent albums Songs From The Apartment & Time Out For Tomorrow, all the way to the beginning with “Ratatat” from my debut album (Jerry Leger & The Situation, 2005). These performances are mixed with poetry readings (from my book of poems Just The Night Birds, released last October) set to motion pictures of my memories and neighborhood.
The title of the film is a nod to the great Canadian production, Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave, in which we see Hank make that date he was on his way to play New Year’s Eve, 1952. Of course, in reality, he died in the back of his Cadillac but in the blurred reality of art, anything is possible. Hank Williams is one of my all-time favourites and I still have my grandfather’s VHS copy of this movie. Most of the poems I read in my film reference Hank or they reference what’s inside of me.
All of the audio in this movie was recorded straight to tape on a 1981 Tascam (TEAC) 4-track. This beautiful machine was gifted to me during this pandemic and it came at a great time. Besides demoing a truckload of new songs, I thought it would be cool to use it for this project, give it a unique sound. I was so happy with the results that I’m releasing the soundtrack in my Bandcamp store. The soundtrack will be released June 18th and when you pre-order it, you’ll get an exclusive download of “Born In Time”, a song by another all-time favourite of mine, Bob Dylan.
One thing I’m really happy about it is all the audio was recorded straight to tape on a 1981 Tascam 244 4-track tape machine. I think these old “portastudios” have a warm and unique sound. Beginning today, you’ll be able to pre-order the download/stream of the soundtrack. Those who pre-order will receive an exclusive download code for “Born In Time”, a Bob Dylan song that I love. Here’s the link for the soundtrack, which will be released June 18th: https://jerryleger.bandcamp.com/album/the-apartment-show-he-never-gave-soundtrack
If you know someone who would dig what I do, help spread the gospel. Word of mouth helps keep art alive. WATCH & SHARE THE TRAILER FOR the film, ‘THE APARTMENT SHOW HE NEVER GAVE’: https://youtu.be/Mb94yCa8Rfg
Happy 80th birthday to one of my biggest influences and favourite singer-songwriters, Bob Dylan. As Warren Zevon said, “he invented my job”. Roots Music Canada asked me to take part in a birthday celebration. I contributed a cover of a beautiful hidden gem, “Born In Time.”
Also, the soundtrack will be released digitally June 18th in my Bandcamp store. I recorded the audio (film & soundtrack) straight to tape on a 1981 Tascam 244 4-track recorder and then ran it through an echoplex effect. I think it fits nicely with the visuals. The film’s title is a nod to the Canadian-made movie ‘Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave’, which I grew up on. I still have my Grandfather’s VHS copy.
Movie poster design: Brittany Brooks A Golden Rocket Production in association with Jerry Leger Music Filmed by Laura Proctor with Hank Holly Produced and edited by Hank Holly All songs and poetry written by Jerry Leger Special thanks to Daniel Demois for the poster tagline and Roy Buchan for gifting the Tascam 4-track
HEY GANG! “You’re invited inside the apartment and mind of Jerry Leger. A film of blurred reality, music and poetry.” Excited to announce my film ‘The Apartment Show He Never Gave’ which will exclusively be available to stream for Fan Club members (email subscribers) only. Sign up and receive a link in the June 10th newsletter to stream the movie until 11pm ET June 15th. Also, the soundtrack will be released digitally June 18th in my Bandcamp store. I recorded the audio straight to tape on a 1981 Tascam 244 4-track recorder and then ran it through an echoplex effect. I think it fits nicely with the visuals. The film’s title is a nod to the Canadian-made movie ‘Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave’, which I grew up on. I still have my Grandfather’s VHS copy.