Dylan LeBlanc is the First of Rolling Stone’s 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know
From the rowdy son of a celebrated songwriter to a mesmerizing Texas spitfire
Sounds Like: A twentysomething Bible Belter whose music takes its cues from both sides of the pond, mixing the swoon of modern-day Americana with the Brit-folk swirl of George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass.
For Fans of: Ryan Adams, First Aid Kit, James Bay, Jim James’ EP tribute to George Harrison
Why You Should Pay Attention: Signed to Rough Trade Records before he was 20 years old, LeBlanc cut his teeth duetting with Emmylou Harris and opening for Bruce Springsteen. He sounds older, wiser and considerably warmer on his upcoming album, Cautionary Tale (out January 15th), which finds the Muscle Shoals native working with two hometown heroes: the Civil Wars’ John Paul White and the Alabama Shakes’ Ben Tanner.
He Says: “I wanted this record to move a little more than my earlier records. I was tired of writing ‘sad bastard songs.’ I wanted to write about what’s going on in the world today, instead of lamenting on the past, and I thought, ‘A groove and a powerful message go a long way.’ So we focused on our rhythm section and added a lot of strings, and we wound up with a pretty honest record.”
Hear for Yourself: The ethereal “Cautionary Tale” evokes Ryan Adams at his most crooning; it’s roots music for rainy days. Andrew Leahey