Dylan LeBlanc comes from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the same musical launching pad for bands who have been thrown into the spotlight by Rolling Stone articles and cameos with the Queen Midas of country/Americana Taylor Swift, such as Alabama Shakes and the Civil Wars.
But while LeBlanc’s soft, eerie music may not have the mainstream digestibility of his fellow Alabamans, it does have redeemable qualities that are more commonly associated with those of M. Ward and Ray LaMontagne.
LeBlanc’s songs have odd spacklings of up-beat country rhythms mixed with melancholy slides and echo-y melodies. His voice is shrouded in smoke and velvet, similar to LaMontagne’s, and his acoustic/electric play mirrors that of Ward. It’s as if the two suddenly became the lead singers of a sadder version of Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, if that’s possible.
Regardless of mood, LeBlanc’s Old Shadow is a sultry album that goes well with rainy days and long, humid nights with a Tennessee Williams play.