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Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?
Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted
This is absolutely essential stuff, and you’ll be glad to have not only heard it, but experienced it. It’s, indeed, quite something. Pop Matters
Chaque fois que l’écoute des six pièces en anglais de Lisa LeBlanc se termine, on en voudrait encore! Journal Metro
At 26 years old, the captivating Montreal singer-songwriter who hails from Rosaireville, New Brunswick has toured for five years with her band and sold over 140 000 records on two continents. Her ability to compose rousing, heart-wrenching narratives from everyday tales of love, friendship and heartbreak has been compared to the sharp wit of Courtney Barnett, the rambling honesty of Bob Dylan and the high-flying sincerity of Dolly Parton.lisaleblanc.ca
At 26 years old, the captivating Montreal singer-guitarist-banjo player who hails from Rosaireville, New Brunswick has toured for five years with her band and sold over 140 000 records on two continents. Her ability to compose rousing, heart-wrenching narratives from everyday tales of love, friendship and heartbreak has been compared to the sharp wit of Courtney Barnett, the rambling honesty of Bob Dylan and the high-flying sincerity of Dolly Parton.
Recorded at Mountain City Studios and Mixart Studio in Montreal, Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen? came together over the spring, guided by a wonderful team. Joseph Donovan took the reigns as producer (Sam Roberts, The Dears), while Mico Roy played guitar, Benoit Morier took on guitar and bass and Maxime Gosselin played drums. Award-winning singer Sam Roberts stopped in to help out with guest vocals on the tune I Love You, I Don't Love You, I Don't Know.
Last fall, she kicked-off a road trip in Nashville, which became a sort-of musical and personal turning point for Lisa LeBlanc. A huge fan of cajun music and culture, her journey led her to Blackpot Camp in Eunice, Louisiana. Her trip provoked a floodgate of inspiration, especially after participating in all kinds of workshops, including Appalachian banjo, traditional cajun songs and guitars, bluegrass flatpicking, square dancing, and Louisiana two-step.
She continued her exploration through Lafayette, New Orleans, Austin, Asheville and New York, and acquired new skills to refine her guitar and banjo techniques. Guided by her nomadic instincts, the results of her travels are in her new album. The music contains many throwbacks to her teenage inspirations, as well as hints of rock, folk, blues, classic rock, spaghetti western and even some hawaiian music. There are road songs inspired by the kind of people met during her travels, as well as love songs (and break-up songs) that speak to everyone.
Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen? is a 12-track album which includes many original road-tested songs from the last two years as well as her first bluegrass-ish recording (a favourite at live shows) of Motörhead’s classic Ace of Spades.
It's true that in Quebec, Lisa LeBlanc is already a known quantity, having had laudable success on her self-titled debut French language album produced by Louis-Jean Cormier (Karkwa.) The disc was released in 2012 in Canada (and in 2013 in Europe) and swiftly sold over 140,000 copies, achieving platinum-selling status. She toured in Canada, France, Belgium and Switzerland and received critical acclaim for her work including the exceptional honour of the Prix Felix at the Adisq awards in Quebec for being the Discovery of the Year. The Gamiq awards in Quebec also named her Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Discovery of the Year. She was awarded prizes in France and Belgium and was nominated for a Juno Award in the Francophone Album of the Year category in Canada. She was also part of 2017's Polaris prize short-list.
The majority of Lisa LeBlanc's first album was written from Rosaireville, her native village in New Brunswick, in Granby during her studies at l'École nationale de la chanson as well as in Montreal, where she now resides.
In 2013, Lisa LeBlanc hit the road and followed the path of the Beat Generation across Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Austin and San Francisco. It was during this trip that she found the inspiration for Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted, a 6 track EP which will be available in Canada on November 4, 2014 via Bonsound.
The talented young Montreal-based producer Emmanuel Ethier brought an unexpected creative force out of the 24-year-old Acadian by encouraging her to leave her comfort zone. The result of these spontaneous sessions is an Americana sound infused with the spirit of the Maritimes. Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted was recorded on the fly in Charlo, New-Brunswick with her musical conspirators - Maxime Gosselin (drums) and Jean-Philippe Hébert (guitar). Brad Barr, Émilie Bernard, Pierre-Guy Blanchard and François-Régis Pagé are featured guests on this EP, which was mixed by Pierre Girard and Joseph Donovan. The disc includes five originals and a cover of the traditional folk song Katie Cruel, popularized by American singer Karen Dalton.
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