Happy to be alongside Daniel Romano (who also designed 'Early Riser'), Doug Paisley, Lindi Ortega, John Borra and Al Tuck in this great article written by Mike Sauve for Brooklyn, NY's Alt Citizen. Read it here: http://altcitizen.com/some-of-the-best-americana-music-actually-comes-from-canada/
Posts by Jerry Leger:
Visit the MERCH page to order 'Early Riser' on glorious long playing Vinyl and while you're there, order an 'Early Riser' t-shirt! Order now and we'll throw in a cool 'Early Riser' button!
Were happy to be on our way to play at This Ain't Hollywood in Hamilton tonight. Doors are at 9 and only $6 to get in. We have some pals opening the show, Ben Somer and Dan Edmonds(of Harlan Pepper).
Tomorrow, we'll be at The Dakota Tavern in Toronto to play an early show. We have very special guests, Josiah Johnson(of Sub Pop's The Head and the Heart) & Carleigh Aikins(who sings on the new lp, 'Early Riser'). It's also special for two reasons, it's their 1st Toronto show as a duo and it's our last 'Situation' full band show til the fall. Hope to see you there! Doors are at 7pm and only $5 to get yourself in!
Had a fun time out East, saw some familiar faces and saw some new ones too. Now I'm back in Toronto but gearing up for Barrie this Friday night at The Clarkson Pub and Saturday night at The Brownstone in Orillia. Both dates will be with the band. Check out the TOUR page for more info.
Also, I'm the June Pick of the Month for "Coffee Shop Project". When you stop by your favourite coffee shop in Toronto, pick up a free download card for 'To Let Me Go' from the new album!
Participating Coffee Shops
The Black Canary Espresso Bar
61 Sherbourne St.
329 Yonge St
3 Westmoreland Ave
859 Bloor St. W
As the Coffee Shop Project continues to grow we’re hoping to pick up fresh ears all across the country! Share the #CoffeeShopProject link with your friends, and don’t forget to tweet @CoffeeShopProj your CSP experience!
We hope you enjoyed the video for "Nobody's Angel". Here's another Southern Souls video for you shot by Mitch Fillion with sound by Michael Timmins at The Hangar. This one is 'Pretty Girl in an Ugly World'. It's rock 'n' roll. "Del Shannon blaring out of the old hi-fi"
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Wow, we had a grand time at our Toronto release show for 'Early Riser' held in The Horseshoe Tavern. Thanks to everyone who made it out! We also just released this brand new video for "Nobody's Angel". Filmed by Mitch Fillion for Southern Souls and engineered by Mike Timmins at the Junkies studio, The Hangar. Take a look and click on the link in the video to purchase the new album if you haven't already!
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Our hometown release show for Early Riser is this week, Thursday May 1st at
The Horseshoe Tavern. We have some friends helping out, The Pinecones and Alanna Gurr.
Come out and celebrate with us.
Brad Wheeler had this to say in the Saturday edition of The Globe & Mail:
"Early Riser offers 10 drawling, sharply imagined songs…his voice would ring true
in any number of decades; the 2010's will do just fine."
Pick up a copy on Thursday or if you can't make it to the Toronto release, order Early Riser here: http://latentrecordings.com/jerryleger/music/
Thursday May 1st
The Horseshoe Tavern
w/ The Pinecones & Alanna Gurr
370 Queen St. W.
Tonight marks the first show since the release of the new album, 'Early Riser' this past tuesday. We'll be in Guelph tonight at eBar along with Dear Sister and Alanna Gurr who is also celebrating the release of her new album. Show starts at 10.Tomorrow night we'll be in Ottawa playing at Zaphod's with our good friend Rey Sabatin Jr. You know him from The John Henrys who were signed to True North Records. Great songwriter and performer. The Ottawa show begins at 8pm. Saturday will see us in Peterborough at The Red Garnet. Nice little room, looking forward to it. 10pm.
If you're in and around Toronto, mark down May 1st. That will be our hometown release show at The Horseshoe Tavern. Joining us will be The Pinecones and Alanna Gurr. Doors at 8:30pm. Check out the TOUR page for more info.
In Guelph? see you tonight!!
Very excited to say that 'Early Riser' is now available to order or download on the music page. 'Early Riser' was produced, recorded and mixed by Michael Timmins, features my regular band The Situation (James McKie, Dan Mock, Kyle Sullivan) as well as Jeff Heisholt on organ (Trews, Peter Elkas, Skydiggers, Burt Neilson Band), Aaron Comeau on piano (Sam Cash, Dear Sister), Darcy Hepner (Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Tony Bennett) and a trio of female background singers in Carleigh Aikins (Bahamas), Tamara Lindeman (The Weather Station, Bruce Peninsula), Ivy Mairi (Bruce Peninsula). The wonderful album cover was designed by fellow songwriter, Daniel Romano.
It was fantastic working with Mike and I think we made a great little record.
NOW Magazine gave it NNNN and called it "the best album yet", while Exclaim! said:
"Credit should go to producer Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies), whose ear for rich melody and honest vocals is legendary in Canada's roots music circles (and beyond), for finding just the right sonic landscape for Leger's songs. After all, this is the man who, back in 1992, helped introduce a pretty obscure Texas singer-songwriter named Townes Van Zandt to Canadian audiences. Timmins knows singer-songwriters, is what I'm saying. In Leger, he's found one of Canada's best."
Order 'EARLY RISER' today!
Woke up this morning to find that NOW Magazine in Toronto has given Early Riser NNNN. "Early Riser is Jerry Leger's best album so far." Click on the link to read more. http://www.nowtoronto.com/music/story.cfm?content=197578
If you're in Toronto this Saturday, we'll be playing tunes from the new record at Sunrise Records(Yonge & Dundas) for Record Store Day! We're on at Noon followed by Barenaked Ladies at 1pm. Also, we'll be selling and signing copies of Early Riser! Check out upcoming dates below:
April 19 – Toronto, Record Store Day @ Sunrise Records 12pm
April 24 – Guelph, eBar (band)
April 25 – Ottawa, Zaphod's (band)
April 26 – Peterborough, Red Garnet (band)
May 1 – Toronto, Horseshoe Tavern (band)
May 10 – Montreal, Grumpy's
May 13 – Fredericton, The Capital
May 14 – Halifax, The Carleton
May 15 – Sydney, Governor's May 16 – St Andrews, Paddlefest (time TBA)
May 17 – Truro, Split Crow
May 19 – Halifax, The Carleton
May 20 – Sackville, Bridgestreet Cafe
May 22 – Sackville, Jazz Guys
May 23 – St Andrews, Red Herring
May 24 – Moncton, Plan B
May 25 – Mount Stewart, Trailside Inn
June 6 – Barrie, Clarkson (band)
June 7 – Orillia, Brownestone (band)
Check out the tour page for more details http://latentrecordings.com/jerryleger/tour/