2016
Dylan LeBlanc w/ Wayne Robbins
January
28
Thursday
9pm - $7
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Dylan LeBlanc
Dylan LeBlanc knows second chances don’t come around often. But, neither do voices like his.

Overwhelmed by the speed his gift would take 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 wizened 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.”
Wayne Robbins
“a shoegazing blend of dreamy melodies and soaring atmospherics”
-Mountain Xpress

“an atmospheric blend of Buffalo Springfield vocals and Sonic Youth guitar blasts”
-Asheville Citizen Times

“The Lonesome Sea” reviewed in Uncut:
[Four Stars]
Enticing dream rock debut from Carolina-based cosmic cowboys.

"Recorded in a school bus repair garage, it’s title taken from The Carter Family, The Lonesome Sea is a genuinely inspired merging of pre-electric and post-psychedelic Americana. There are plucked banjos, glancing pedal steels and baleful harmonies counter-pointed by smoldering cadences and dynamic eruptions–reaching skull-splitting velocity on the wondrous “Jesus”. The Hellsayers previously cultivated a taste for the bizarre and anarchic via Basement Tapes covers–and this seafaring concept explores both gruesome imagery and visionary wonder. Neil Young and Giant Sand provide pointers, but Wayne and co chart a spry, original course."
-Gavin Martin

“This band’s shimmering mix of cosmic pop and dusty Americana isn’t without precedent- The Dream Syndicate, Giant Sand and Beachwood Sparks are kindred spirits- but it’s this record’s clever balancing act that makes it so alluringly hard to pin down. For ‘The Devil Has A Map’ it boots Neil Young into Pink Floy’s trippy orbit, then adds a lather of effects, while ‘The Lonesome Sea’ charts a ’70s heavy space-rock course. But whichever direction they choose, the Hellsayer’s aim remains true” ****
-Uncut Magazine, August 2010
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30
Tuesday

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19
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Sun Kil Moon **At The Asheville Masonic Temple**



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