Dylan Leblanc was emersed in music since age 11. His father was a Muscle Shoals session player and songwriter and Dylans musical schooling came by hanging out around the studio.
It seemed like a much simpler world , it was romantic to me the way everyone sat in a circle and took it from the top, they just played and hit the record button. Thats the path I followed when I made this album.
This Lousiana native is set to release a stunning debut, Paupers Field, next Tuesday (August 24th). Dylan claims that eccentricity and untimely deaths plague the men in his family lineage and this foreshadow looms in his music. Paupers Field is dark, but not quite brooding. His songwriting contemplates life, death, love, and the more subtle details of daily existence. Hes blessed with a voice thats a hybrid of Jim James and Ryan Adams and it shines on country western ballads like “If The Creek Dont Rise,” “Death Of Outlaw Billy John,” and “Emma Hartley.”
Ive listened to the album for a couple weeks without knowing Dylans bio and was shocked to learn that he was born in 1990. After realizing that hes not of drinking age, I revisited my favorite track, “If The Creek Dont Rise,” and was even more amazed. Were these songs really written by a kid at age eighteen or nineteen? The album was also self-produced and recorded live, which makes his vocals and the musicianship even more astounding.
Leblanc has a knack for songwriting and musical atmosphere and Id recommend Paupers Field to any Ryan Adams fan. I dont want to use the word prodigy, but its clear that Dylan Leblanc was born to do this. If my recommendation isn’t enough, listen to Alela Diane and her cover of “If The Creek Don’t Rise.”
Video: Dylan Leblanc – If Time Was For Wasting