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Music Finds a Home in Waverly, AL
Words and photography by Jones Willingham
The first thing I noticed about Waverly, Alabama, is that it takes forever to get there. You’re on Highway 280, the hell among highways, for a solid hour and a half — ebbing and flowing through towns like Childersburg and Sylacauga and eventually hitting a whole lot of nothing. Then you turn off of the highway, seemingly in the middle of nowhere; little do you know that you’re about to enter an oasis for live music.
15 minutes northwest of Auburn, Standard Deluxe exists as a peculiar but incredible institution for live music, art, and so much more. Established in 1991 by owner and president Scott Peek, the halcyon property seems like your grandfather’s friendly farm in the country. However, Standard Deluxe offers much more than initially meets the eye; for nearly two decades, Standard Deluxe has hosted artists such as Jason Isbell, Charles Bradley, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and countless others that have made the pilgrimage to Waverly, AL for the Old 280 Boogie, which is a festival that brings hundreds to… [read more…]
An Interview with Dylan LeBlanc
Introduction by Josh Matthews
Interview by Sara Jane Overby
Photography by Mary Fehr
On his third studio album, A Cautionary Tale, Dylan LeBlanc proves that he’s not just a product of his environment, but someone who can conjure some magic deep beneath the layers of his musical upbringing and emerge as an aberration, oddity or outlier in music. The latest album produced by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) and John Paul White (The Civil Wars), A Cautionary Tale is an emanation, not of the son of a songwriter, but a young man discovering his rite of passage as a musician and individual. Critics have deemed him the “new Neil Young,” a flattering comparison, though unjust. Those who were captivated by his voice and guitar playing at this year’s Sloss Music & Art’s Festival got to know him simply as Dylan LeBlanc, free from other associations.
Mother Plug Music’s very own Sara Jane Overby got to catch up with Dylan pre-performance in the Garden & Gun artist’s hospitality tent to talk about A Cautionary Tale, life on the bayou, and the music of JJ Cale and Bob Dylan.
So tell me a little bit about Cautionary Tale and what it was like to kind of release that…[read more…]
This year’s Sloss Music and Arts Festival is on track to be just as heavy-hitting as last year’s debut lineup. Sure, Primus won’t be there this year, and that’s a total bummer–but there are plenty of unbeatable bands you may be unfamiliar with, bands whose talent will make this hot July weekend definitely worth the sweat. With two days and four stages (including the exciting addition of the Seasick Records Stage), Sloss Fest 2016 will be a rager. Read through our top picks as you begin to plan your weekend at the Furnaces!
Sunday / Blast Stage / 5:45 – 6:45pm
Here’s a bold statement: expect this to be the best performance of the weekend. Dr. Dog offers premium songwriting loosely mirroring The Beatles, with unexpected time changes, psychedelic-inspired weirdness, ingenious melodies and refreshing vocal harmonies that turn bad days into good days. Dr. Dog brings all this to the stage, with a powerful, heartfelt, and insanely talented performance. Their newest album, The Psychedelic Swamp pays homage to their early experimental years, except with better recording equipment. Every piece of the Dr. Dog puzzle is a work of art, and with each album release, we get to play in their world for forty-five minutes or so. We…[read more…]
After the lead singer of Sons of Roswell resigned, LeBlanc joined the Muscle Shoals band and toured the southeastern U.S. A few years later, LeBlanc became a co-founder of the band Abraham. He made his first recordings with Abraham at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. After the dissolution of Abraham, LeBlanc began to work on his own material with a friend he met at FAME, Ben Tanner. That relationship continues to this day.
In 2015, LeBlanc signed to Single Lock Records, where he has been working with Tanner and John Paul White (The Civil Wars) on Cautionary Tale, his third studio album.[read more…]
What better way to spend these cold winter nights than inside one of Birmingham’s cozy music venues wrapped in warm sounds? There is still a lot left to hear this month. Here are 5 that Mother recommends:
1. Dylan LeBlanc
Show Info: Workplay / Thursday 1.21
Dylan LeBlanc just dropped his latest in A Cautionary Tale after having already garnered the attention of Bruce Springsteen, Lucinda Williams, Emmy Lou Harris and being referred to, “the new Neil Young.” A Cautionary Tale doesn’t disappoint, neither will he at WorkPlay on Thursday.
2. Great Book of John
Show Info: Rogue Tavern / 1.22
For fans of Jeff Buckley, David Gilmour or INXS, Great Book of John was once given the title as Birmingham’s greatest band by Birmingham Magazine’s readers. One of our favorites dylanywhere. Sure to become one of yours. After you see them at Rogue, head to The Nick for no. 3 below.
3. The Peach Kings
Show Info: The Nick Rocks / 1.22
The Peach Kings are the cinematic garage rock duo of Paige Wood and Steven Dies, whose sexy and relatable songs are the soundtrack for their intimate love story. For fans of The Kills and The White Stripes. The Old Paints and Deaf Poets share the stage.
Show Info: Iron City / 1.23