DOUBLE-ALBUM, NONSENSE AND HEARTACHE, OUT NOW VIA LATENT RECORDINGS
CANADIAN TOUR CONTINUES IN AUGUST
“...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
PHOTO CREDIT : Laura Proctor // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES
Today, acclaimed songwriter Jerry Leger is sharing the new lyric video for “Forged Check” from his latest record, Nonsense And Heartache, out now via Latent Recordings. Of the song, Leger says, “I really dig the band dynamics on this one, especially the guitar interplay during the instrumental section between James McKie and I. I wrote the song very quickly one night, I like the line ‘had to run away from the circus and be a clown without their crutch’.”
Jerry Leger is currently on the home stretch of a cross Canada tour. He returns to Toronto next week with his band, The Situation, before continuing on to Montreal and Trenton. Full tour details can be found below.
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.”
JERRY LEGER ON TOUR
08/09 Toronto, ON - The Horseshoe Tavern
09/08 Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
09/09 Trenton, ON - Old Church Theatre