I felt the urge to record a live album, so that’s what we did, August 14th, 2013 at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. The Weather Station and Kate Rogers Band opened. I had met Tamara Lindeman (The Weather Station) through another singer Carleigh Aikins backstage at Mariposa Folk Festival. Both, along with Ivy Mairi would end up singing on my next studio album. The show happened on a Wednesday night and thankfully a good crowd came out to support us.
That summer I played a few fests such as Mariposa and also met up with Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies about making a record and signed to his label, Latent Recordings. I had spent 8 years leading up to a moment like this, I think I wanted to celebrate with my band, friends and small but mighty Toronto fanbase. ‘Live On Stage’ is exactly what it is, there was nothing added after the fact, if you were at the show then this is what you heard. You feel the energy, you hear the casual focus. “You might remember this one, I hope I do” (before launching into “Round Walls”).
Initially it was only available to purchase at shows but I added it to the Bandcamp store on CD and digitally about a year ago. June 5th Bandcamp will be waiving their share of revenue so it would be a good time to add this to your collection if you don’t have it already and to also support other artists you dig. It’s not available currently on streaming sites or any retail outlets. Features a couple songs that never made it on any studio albums “Beating The Storm” (attempted for ‘You, Me & The Horse’ & ‘Some Folks Know’, the version for the former would end up on the European compilation ‘Too Broke To Die’) & “I Need To Know If It’s True.” The fantastic album artwork is by Pearl Rachinsky. Stream it for now: https://jerryleger.bandcamp.com/album/live-on-stage