Canadian singer-songwriter Jerry Leger will see his latest album 'Nonsense And Heartache' released in the UK on March 2nd via Latent Recordings with distribution through Proper Music. The album is a double set with an album of bluesy, dirty rock n' roll and a more acoustic-based singer-songwriter record. The album was produced by Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies fame. Jerry Leger and his band The Situation will visit Europe in April for a run of shows that include UK dates. More about the album and the tour follows:
Judging by music journalism these days, it seems that ever since “post-punk,”we’ re living in a “post-everything” world. So why not just start over again from the beginning? It’ s easy to feel that way when listening to Jerry Leger’ s brilliant new album Nonsense And Heartache, because that’ s precisely what it suggests through its combination of primal rock and roll, and raw, confessional balladry. The separation between the two is evident by the album’ s title, in fact it's two distinct collections of songs presented on two slabs of vinyl. In many ways, Jerry Leger’ s artistic path has been leading up to this ambitious display of both sides of his musical personality, fueled by countless nights playing in Toronto bars with a loyal band equally committed to keeping rock and roll’ s original flame burning. But while many others have made the same commitment, there’ s always been something special about Jerry Leger’ s songs that few can match. It bears repeating and is hardly an understatement, that he manages to channel the youthful vigour of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Neil Young and Rick Danko, sometimes all within the same song. But at heart, Leger is driven by a quest to convey in his own manner the purity embedded in the grooves of the vintage rock, country and soul recordings he so dearly loves.
This trait attracted early support from fellow singer/songwriters like Ron Sexsmith, and his staunchest ally, producer and label head Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies. Employing his distinctive live-off-the-floor recording approach on Nonsense And Heartache, Timmins focused on capturing the chemistry between Leger and his core musicians: multi-instrumentalist James McKie, bassist Dan Mock and drummer Kyle Sullivan, along with guest vocalist Angie Hilts. The ragged-but-right results perfectly complement Leger’ s tales of characters on the fringe, attempting to unravel life’ s mysteries.
Leger adds that the more concise vision expressed on Nonsense And Heartache was a contrast to his previous album, 2014’ s Early Riser, on which he took a much more freewheeling approach in the studio with a bevy of guests and an array of instrumentation. In the time following Early Riser, Leger formed the in-the-moment side projects the Del-Fi’ s and the Bop-Fi’ s, with whom he now regularly get his kicks on stage and in the studio. He also released a split 7-inch with Graham Nicholas and co-produced albums by Ben Somer and Eric & The Soo. It all helped guide him toward achieving what he most wanted for Nonsense And Heartache, a sonic consistency throughout the sum of its parts.
The relationship between Leger and Timmins also works so well because, as songwriters, each shares a fondness for arcane Americana. There is plenty of rich detail in tracks like “Another Dead Radio Star” and “Pawn Shop Piano” that, depending on your perspective, could evoke either the past or present. The former references the famous Orson Welles-voiced character The Shadow, which Leger found to be an ideal metaphor.
Jerry Leger & The Situation
April 5 - Altes Stellwerk, Solingen, Germany
April 6 - Cafe Lichtung, Cologne, Germany
April 7 - (TBD)
April 8 - Het Spektakel, Asten, Netherlands
April 9 - O'Ceallaigh, Groningen, Netherlands
April 10 - Q Bus, Leiden, Netherlands
April 12 - Prachtwerk, Berlin, Germany
April 13 - Music Star, Norderstedt, Germany
April 14 - Cafe Scheune, Wredenhagen, Germany
April 17 - Folk A Rock, Malmo, Sweden
April 18 - Mono, Oslo, Norway
April 19 - Norway TBA
April 20 - Arnemoen Gard, Ringebu, Norway
April 21 - Skebopuben, Skebobruk, Sweden
April 22 - Spirit Store, Dundalk, Ireland
April 23/24 - (TBD)
April 25 - The Hug and Pint, Glasgow, Scotland
April 26 - Old Cinema Launderette, Durham, England
April 27 - The Eagle Inn, Salford (Greater Manchester), England
April 28 - The Hyde Tavern, Winchester, England
April 29 - Come Down and Meet The Folks, London, England