What better way to get back to usual blogging than to share the latest discovery in new music.
According to Allmusic, Dylan LeBlanc hails from Louisiana and is the son of Muscle Shoals session singer/songwriter/guitarist James LeBlanc. The elder LeBlanc’s music has been performed by artists as varied as Jo Dee Messina, Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Travis Tritt, Trace Adkins, Chris LeDoux, Kenny Chesney, and a number of other artists. What this means for LeBlanc fils is that he has been immersed in music from the start. He began writing music at the age of 11 and has followed the alt-country, singer-songwriter, indie-rock, and Americana genres. His style, to my ears, is a bit more bluesy and within the American folk music tradition, if a bit updated. He is out of Shreveport, Louisiana, and has just released a new album entitled Cautionary Tale, which has gotten raves by DJs. According to the reviewer at NPR’s First Listen, LeBlanc’s early success in landing a recording contract (he is but 25 years old) pushed him to substance and alcohol abuse, from which he emerged just prior to recording this album. As a result, the lyrics and sound display a maturity beyond his years. Here he is performing the apropos “Cautionary Tale,” the title track of the album.