DOUBLE-ALBUM, NONSENSE AND HEARTACHE, OUT NOW VIA LATENT RECORDINGS
CANADIAN TOUR CONTINUE THIS WEEK - FULL TOUR DATES BELOW
“...it's clear that Nonsense and Heartache is a no-nonsense affair through
and through.” - Exclaim!
“...the striking duality of the album features the textures of a bold, bluesy electric sound in Nonsense simmered by the raw, subdued acoustics of Heartache.” - Spill Magazine
“This album speaks to a lifetime of experience pondering the depths of Townes Van Zandt lyrics and listening to lost Dylan tapes. Whether racing down a desert highway on a shimmering afternoon or drinking whiskey under an old Budweiser neon, Nonsense and Heartache will be your perfect companion.” - Hard Rock RPM
“The only problem with these albums is trying to decide which to play first.” - Bob Mersereau
Acclaimed songwriter Jerry Leger is currently making his away across Canada supporting his recently released double album, Nonsense And Heartache. As the scenery changes from Canadian shield to open prairies to majestic Rockies for Leger while on tour, so to does the new video for “Things Are Changing ‘Round Here”, the first cut from Heartache side of the double LP.
In the stop-motion animated video, “pasted drawings move across a real space to tell a story of transformation and human connection," says Artistic Director Shannon Gerard. Leger claims the initial idea for “Things Are Changing ‘Round Here” came about “looking around where I grew up. Things change in other aspects too, so the song touches on different things, different environments."
Out now via Latent Recordings, Nonsense And Heartache is equal parts primal rock and roll, and raw, confessional balladry. The separation between the two is evident by the album’s title, and it is in fact 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 clubs and bars with a loyal band equally committed to keeping rock and roll’s original flame burning.
Employing his distinctive live-off-the-floor recording approach on Nonsense And Heartache, producer Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) 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 describes the album himself by saying, “Mike Timmins came up with the idea of doing a double album, but it’s really two different records – Nonsense and Heartache – packaged into one. He had the idea to record one album as electric, bluesy, dirty rock and roll, with James and I on electric guitars, Dan on electric bass and Kyle bashing away. The other album was intended to be more of a singer/songwriter record with me on acoustic guitar or piano, James on fiddle or lap steel, Dan on upright and Kyle using brushes and percussion. So, it’s not an ego trip for either of us. It just felt like it made more sense to put them together, plus the fact that neither is overly long, just about 35 minutes each.”
PHOTO CREDIT : Laura Proctor // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES
JERRY LEGER ON TOUR
06/02 Vankleek Hill, ON - The Windsor Tavern
06/03 Ottawa, ON - Irene's
06/07 Winnipeg, MB - Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club ^
06/08 Portage La Prairie, MB - Cafe On Prince ^
06/09 Dauphin, MB - Bruce's Firehouse House Show ^
06/10 Saskatoon, SK - The Underground^
06/11 Calgary, AB - The Ironwood ^
06/12 Edmonton, AB - The Needle (early show) ^
06/13 Prince George, BC - House Show ^
06/14 Horsefly, BC - House Show ^
06/15 Kelowna, BC - Fernando's ^
06/17 Vancouver, BC - The Wise Hall & Lounge ^
07/21 Thornbury, ON - Bruce Wine Bar
07/22 Collingwood, ON - Crow Bar And Variety
08/09 Toronto, ON - The Horseshoe Tavern
09/08 Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
09/09 Trenton, ON - Old Church Theatre