Dylan LeBlanc On World Cafe : World Cafe The 20-year-old son of a Muscle Shoals session player released his debut album last year. He speaks with World Cafe host David Dye and plays three songs from the record.
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Dylan LeBlanc On World Cafe

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Dylan LeBlanc On World Cafe

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Set List

  • "Changing of the Seasons"
  • "Emma Hartley"
  • "Low"

From the voice of a 20 year old comes a sound convincingly weighted by the words of a tested soul. Dylan LeBlanc may be young, but his soulful folk songs are sincerely heartfelt and mirror a past of hardship. With acoustic and sliding guitars, grounded vocals, and  the rustling of piano keys, LeBlanc's themes of pain, loss and love align his work with many hallmarks of Americana. And he's just getting started.

Hailing from Louisiana, LeBlanc's debut album, Paupers Field, is tender, brooding and empowering. According to the quiet-spoken loner, writing music has provided him with a great sense of hope. Since youth, he was surrounded by tradition — his father was a Muscle Shoals session player and songwriter. As early as 7 years old, LeBlanc was playing guitar, and by the time he was 15, he was arranging tunes that would serve as the precursor to his debut. Though he is a loner at heart, music has always been a communal experience for him, and it's particularly evident in the way he organically works with others. But even after teaming up with Emmylou Harris, who's guests on Paupers Field, LeBlanc never anticipated the response he's received.

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