Jerry Leger returns to the UK in April for a run of shows as part of a European tour. Jerry will be joined by Dan Mock and Kyle Sullivan on bass and drums respectively. The dates commence with three shows in one day on April 13th 2019 for Record Store Day with appearances in Bexhill, Lewes and at the Ramblin’ Roots Revue Festival in High Wycombe. Jerry and his bandmates will be keeping busy it seems. A full list of tour dates and details of ‘Too Broke To Die’ - a Limited Edition retrospective release only available on this tour - follows:
A limited edition European-only compilation titled Too Broke To Die - A Retrospective 2005-2019 will coincide with the tour and be available at shows only. It features songs taken from all 9 releases plus two outtakes.
13 April – Record Store Day, Music’s Not Dead, Bexhill (1pm)
13 April – Record Store Day, Union Music Store, Lewes (3pm)
13 April – Ramblin’ Roots Festival, High Wycombe
14 April – The Hug & Pint, Glasgow
15 April – The Greystones, Sheffield (solo – opening for Johnny Dowd)
17 April – The Con Club, Lewes (solo – opening for Johnny Dowd)
18 April – The Railway In (Attic), Winchester
24 April – What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone, London
26 April – The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
27 April – Roman Lakes, Stockport
33-year old Leger has received praise in Rolling Stone, Pop Matters, No Depression, Americana UK and from fellow songwriters such as Ron Sexsmith (a couple Too Broke To Die tracks feature Sexsmith), Jim Lauderdale and Michael Timmins (of Cowboy Junkies, who is also Leger's producer/label head at Latent Recordings), yet he's remained somewhat under-the-radar. I'm sure he wouldn't mind commercial success but perhaps the career as a cult artist suits him better, as in the same fashion as songwriters like John Prine and Tom Waits. Both sold modestly but were highly-regarded artists for half of their careers before becoming musical legends; and like these writers, Leger is prolific, uncompromising and fixated on artistic success.
The examples are throughout Too Broke To Die and promote further listening of his already large and impressive body of work. Last year, Leger made his European debut with two tours in support of his acclaimed double LP Nonsense and Heartache (Latent/Warner/Proper). They included dates with Trampled By Turtles, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers and the Take Root Fest, sharing the bill with artists such as Neko Case, Kurt Vile, Father John Misty, Shakey Graves, Alejandro Escovedo and more.