“Jerry Leger has that spark in him that all the great songwriters have. He’s the real deal.” – Ron Sexsmith
“Time Out for Tomorrow has the compelling stories and great energy that I’ve come to rely on from this talented and prolific songwriter. Take the time to listen to Jerry Leger!”- Doug Paisley
Time Out For Tomorrow continues Jerry Leger’s run of consistently high output and displays the finely honed artistic vision that has been evident since 2005 when, at age 19, he released the first of nine studio albums, along with three more with his side projects The Del-Fi’s and The Bop-Fi’s. It’s added up to a body of work that was recently celebrated with the European-only compilation Too Broke To Die, aimed at Leger’s growing fan base in Britain and the EU.
Most of those listeners didn’t discover Leger until his 2014 album Early Riser, his first with Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies handling production duties, as well as the first to be released on the Junkies’ label, Latent Recordings. The combination of Timmins’ capture-the-moment production aesthetic and the Rolling Thunder-esque chemistry of Leger’s longtime band The Situation (plus a few special guests) now appears unbeatable. And although Time Out For Tomorrow may not be as expansive as Leger’s previous Timmins-produced effort, the acclaimed 2017 double album Nonsense And Heartache, its more concentrated dose of everything Leger does best is just as potent.
Songwriters such as Ron Sexsmith, Doug Paisley and outlets such as Rolling Stone, PopMatters and the Toronto Star have sung Leger’s praises. He’s also shared stages with The Sadies, Justin Townes Earle, Deer Tick, Tift Merritt, Dawes, and others.
Jerry Leger follows up his critically acclaimed studio album ‘Time Out For Tomorrow’ with ‘Nothing Pressing’; produced by Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies). Jerry’s last self released album ‘Songs from the Apartment’ was a stripped-down lo-fi affair recorded in Leger’s home using a cheap recorder with an internal microphone. This lead to two songs from ‘Nothing Pressing’, “Underground Blues” and “Sinking In,” to be also recorded in Leger’s home using an old 80s Tascam 4-track tape recorder. The remaining nine tracks included on ‘Nothing Pressing’ present Leger’s work in two starkly contrasting soundscapes. “Nothing Pressing,” “Protector,” and “Still Patience,” are solo acoustic recordings cut live in the studio with little embellishment. The other six tracks are prime roots rock and roll featuring his long-time band The Situation. Among the latter songs, “Kill It With Kindness” and “Have You Ever Been Happy?” have the kind of drive, energy and spirit that are sure to make them highlights of his future live shows.
Leger often times finds himself at a loss as to explain the source of his songs. He feels his songwriting, while clearly drawing on experiences filtered through a panoply of influences, often verges on being a supernatural experience. Over the course of the eleven songs on ‘Nothing Pressing’, the songwriter’s songwriter engages with questions of existence, mortality, hope, trust and heartbreak while simultaneously conjuring feelings of isolation, reflection, longing and gratitude. Paired with such evocative lyrics are wonderfully crafted melodies, soulful vocals and the spirit and energy of a mature songwriter, comfortable in his skin and growing as an artist with every release. ‘Nothing Pressing’ serves a wonderfully refreshing tonic in troubling times.