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Dylan LeBlanc

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Artist Bio

DYLAN LEBLANC KNOWS SECOND CHANCES DON’T COME AROUND OFTEN.
BUT, NEITHER DO VOICES LIKE HIS.
Overwhelmed by the speed at which his gift took him from Applebee’s server to “the new Neil Young” in a matter of months, he walked away from an unlikely major label deal after releasing two critically acclaimed albums. He slipped into a blur of booze and self-doubt. Exhausted and damaged at just 23-years-old, Dylan came home to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to write a new life for himself.
In between the moments of clarity and a few familiar falls, he also wrote a new album, Cautionary Tale: a collection of shimmering, arresting songs with the same haunting vocals that caught the attention of Lucinda Williams and Bruce Springsteen, now with a sharpened edge honed by hastened maturity.
“THIS RECORD IS ABOUT ME GETTING HONEST WITH MYSELF,” SAYS DYLAN. “I HAD TO LET THE GUILT ABOUT THE PAST GO AND FIND A NEW TRUTH WITHIN MYSELF. THIS TIME, I FELT LIKE I REALLY HAD SOMETHING TO SAY.”
To help him say it, he sought out long-time friend Ben Tanner, the same guy who had secretly helped Dylan record his first songs after hours while working at fabled FAME Studios. (He also introduced a 16-year-old Dylan to Wilco, George Harrison, and Ryan Adams by way of an external hard drive). In between touring with Alabama Shakes, Ben was beginning to engineer records again at the label he started with another friend of Dylan’s, Grammy Award-winning musician John Paul White, formerly of the Civil Wars. The two both produced and played on Cautionary Tale.
“They prevented me from burying my words,” says Dylan. “Doubt can often be my first instinct, and I’ll try to cover things up with more elements to hide my voice, but I made up my mind to trust them. I heard Merle Haggard say once that the singer is secondary to the song, and they both helped me build a strong foundation for the emotions I was feeling.”
The stripped down aesthetic that John Paul and Ben have made their label’s calling card sets Dylan’s voice in a light bright enough to see the patina the last few years has left behind.
“I SPENT A LOT OF TIME WRITING ABOUT PROGRAMMING AND CONDITIONING AND THE IDEA OF EGO,” SAYS DYLAN. “I DON’T WANT TO RELY ON MY CIRCUMSTANCES OR THE PAST TO SAY WHY I AM THE WAY I AM ANYMORE. A LOT OF MY SONGS LIKE ‘CAUTIONARY TALE’ AND ‘LOOK HOW FAR WE’VE COME’ ARE ABOUT TRYING TO BREAK OUT OF A VICIOUS CYCLE. I WAS WONDERING IF I COULD FIND MY SOLUTIONS FROM WITHIN—IF I COULD BELIEVE IN SOMETHING BEYOND THE PRESENT.”
If Dylan was wandering through a cemetery with his first album Paupers Field (“Songs are like headstones to me,” he told The Guardian), Cautionary Tale is an abandoned desert town. He reflects on what once was, and if anything could be again. At times, he wonders if the signs of life he sees on the horizon are real or just a mirage. Phantasmic, warbling voices in the background rise to meet his own and fade into the ether; ghostly guitar riffs echo in the emptiness around him.
Finding the right arrangement and words was a more deliberate effort for Dylan this time. After feeling lost in the “mania” of recording his first two albums, he relied on Ben and John Paul to help him collect the pieces of his vision.
“I’ve definitely become more disciplined. I don’t count on things like inspiration anymore,” says Dylan. “I learned so much from putting songs together with John Paul. Anything he does, it’s always going to be well-thought-out and well-placed. I’m naturally an improv guy, but now I see how that can be more limiting than planning your next move.”
That new-found discipline shows. Never one to write out parts, Dylan methodically scored the stunning string sections with violinist Kimi Samson and cellist Caleb Elliot. To form the polished rhythm section he wanted to drive songs like “The Easy Way Out” and “Beyond the Veil,” he paired drummer Jeremy Gibson with Alabama Shakes bassist Zac Cockrell (“I wanted it to feel like a Bill Withers record or Al Green—soulful, but tight.”)
While Dylan will be the first to admit he wasn’t ready to stand on the stages he played early in his career, there’s no doubting he is now. With a recalibrated compass, he’s back on the road opening sold-out shows for British singer-songwriter George Ezra, another artist praised for a wisened voice beyond his years.
Dylan will continue to support George through September 2015, including a show at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium. Next, he’ll embark on his solo tour with dates throughout the South, Midwest, and New England.
“AFTER EVERYTHING I’VE GONE THROUGH, I STILL LOVE PUTTING RECORDS OUT AND SINGING FOR PEOPLE, NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL THE CROWD,” SAYS DYLAN. “IT’S THE ONLY THING I WANT TO DO, AND NOW I GET TO KEEP DOING IT AS A MORE WELL-ROUNDED PERSON. I GUESS I’M BLESSED… OR WHATEVER THE HELL YOU WANT TO CALL IT.”
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Tour Dates

Apr 23 2024
The Basement East
Nashville, TN
Apr 25 2024
For the Record
Florence, AL
Apr 26 2024
Greetings from Levy Park
Crowley, LA
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Apr 27 2024
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation
New Orleans, LA
Apr 28 2024
Chickie Wah Wah
New Orleans, LA
Apr 30 2024
Chelsea’s Live
Baton Rouge, LA
May 02 2024
Hernando's Hideaway
Memphis, TN
May 03 2024
Duling Hall
Jackson, MS
May 04 2024
Louisiana Grandstand
Shreveport, LA
May 05 2024
Avondale Brewing Company
Birmingham, AL
May 07 2024
Charleston Pour House
Charleston, SC
May 08 2024
The EARL
Atlanta, GA
May 09 2024
Albino Skunk Music Festival, Jordan Road, Greer, SC, USA
Greer, SC
May 10 2024
Society Garden
Macon, GA
May 11 2024
JJ's Bohemia
Chattanooga, TN
Jun 15 2024
Black Deer
Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Jul 10 2024
PitchFork Social
Salt Spring Island, Canada
Aug 01 2024
Radio Live!
Pensacola, FL
Aug 04 2024
Avlfest 2024
Arden, NC
Aug 07 2024
Bijou Theatre
Knoxville, TN
Aug 16 2024
Stockholm Roots 2024
Stockholm, Sweden
Aug 17 2024
Rootsy Summer Fest 2024
Falkenberg, Sweden
Aug 24 2024
The Long Road Festival 2024
Stanford On Avon, United Kingdom
Aug 27 2024
Foundation Noorderzon Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands
Aug 28 2024
Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
Bremen, Germany
Aug 29 2024
Privatclub
Berlin, Germany
Aug 30 2024
NOCHTWACHE
Hamburg, Germany
Aug 31 2024
Bruis Festival
Maastricht, Netherlands
Sep 01 2024
Palais Bellevue
Kassel, Germany
Sep 03 2024
Café Galao
Stuttgart, Germany
Sep 04 2024
Metropool Enschede
Enschede, Netherlands
Sep 05 2024
Hnita - Jazz Club
Heist-op-den-berg, Belgium
Sep 06 2024
The Spot, art & cultural stage
Middelburg, Netherlands
Sep 07 2024
Eldorado Americana Festival 2024
Vancé, France
Sep 08 2024
Paradiso
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sep 12 2024
Le 106
Rouen, France
Sep 14 2024
Hedon
Zwolle, Netherlands
Sep 15 2024
Leffingeleuren Festival
Ostend, Belgium
Sep 17 2024
La Maroquinerie
Paris, France
Sep 18 2024
Chorus Live
Clermont-ferrand, France
Sep 19 2024
Le Grand Mix
Tourcoing, France

News

06/18/2021

Dylan LeBlanc Releases “Pastimes” Covers EP

Featuring Covers of Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Glen Campbell, Led Zeppelin, Buffalo Springfield, JJ Cale Watch: “Going to California (Led Zeppelin Cover)” Today Muscle Shoals singer-songwriter Dylan LeBlanc releases…

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07/11/2020

Livestream Today – Saturday, July 11th!

Dylan LeBlanc Facebook and Instagram Live Show (recurring event) 4pm ET https://www.facebook.com/dylanleblancmusic/   Puddles Pity Party Summer Streaming Series 5:30pm ET https://puddlespityparty.veeps.com/ www.puddlespityparty.com   Jameson Rodgers Saturday Nights Live (recurring…

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07/04/2020

Livestreams Today – Saturday, July 4th!

Dylan LeBlanc Facebook and Instagram Live Show (recurring event) 4pm ET https://www.facebook.com/dylanleblancmusic/   Jameson Rodgers Saturday Nights Live (recurring event) 8pm ET https://www.facebook.com/jamesonrodgers/   Cordovas Live from Cordovas HQ (recurring…

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