JERRY LEGER - EARLY RISER
Jerry Leger doesn’t need to rely on hope. His body of work to this point speaks for itself, and Early Riser continues to live up to every promise he’s made from the start. Past albums have found the likes of Ron Sexsmith andSerena Ryder stepping in to collaborate and support. And for this, his seventh record, Leger has partnered with producer Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies), a man who unquestionably knows his way around a song.
Clearly hitting his stride on this 10-track collection, Leger is joined in studio by his band The Situation (James McKie, Dan Mock, Kyle Sullivan) organistJeff Heisholt, Aaron Comeau on piano and backup vocalists Carleigh Aikins, Tamara Lindeman, and Ivy Mairi. From its opening notes, Jerry’s voice emerges like a beacon through the mist at the far side of the swamp. That’s the album’s lead off single, “Factory Made,” in a nutshell, but at its heart is a tale of injustice and regret, the false hope of the Canadian Dream, and of “a life trying to fit in.”
Album cut “Nobody’s Angel” displays Jerry’s empathy in the form of a heartbreaking portrait of a lost girl. It’s here that one can see why Timmins chose to work with Jerry; the song’s vivid imagery is straight out of theTownes Van Zandt songwriting guide. Meanwhile, “Got Myself A-Thinkin’”takes things back to the swamp, musically, but also in terms of offering a glimpse into a tangled mind “drifting too far from view.” The soaring southern soul sound of “To Let Me Go” provides some relief, and is perhaps the album’s most shining example of Jerry’s musical growth.
On the road to support Early Riser, Leger will cross the country from The Rockies to the Confederation Bridge with a string of tour dates that range from intimate solo performances to full-band roadhouse stomps.
EARLY RISER TRACKLIST
1. Factory Made
2. Cashing In
3. Nobody’s Angel
4. Got Myself A-Thinkin
5. To Let Me Go
6. Pretty Girl In An Ugly World
7. Bad Ole Dog
8. She Ain’t My Woman And I Ain’t No Woman’s Man
9. One More Bad Penny