Ler­oux breaks New Ground

The Glengarry News - - News - BY MAR­GARET CALDBICK News Staff

Here comes New Ground, Yvon Ler­oux’s de­but stu­dio al­bum, and re­mark­ably, his very first foray into the record­ing stu­dio.

The al­bum, which was recorded this past spring, is the cul­mi­na­tion of two years of writ­ing, so­lid­i­fy­ing songs and vo­cals, and pick­ing what mu­si­cians to work with.

The re­sult is a con­cep­tu­ally gutsy al­bum -- all orig­i­nals writ­ten by Ler­oux ex­cept for one cover, and just as bluesy and rootsy as we would ex­pect from Glen­garry’s supremo gui­tar rocker.

An­other as­pect of the project that took time was that Mr. Ler­oux was in­volved in the build­ing of the new record­ing stu­dio where he would record his al­bum.

“It was a very in­ter­est­ing project that in­volved a float­ing rub­ber floor to re­duce noise and vi­bra­tion,” says the forty- some­thing Ler­oux who lives with his wife and fam­ily on a farm in Ap­ple Hill, and who only found the time for off- the- farm projects since sell­ing his dairy herd in 2015.

He says he picked up his car­pen­try skills along the way like any dairy farmer must do.

The re­sult is B-Hive Stu­dio in Van­kleek Hill, an in­de­pen­dent pro­fes­sional record­ing fa­cil­ity owned and op­er­ated by Mr. Ler­oux’s friend, pro­ducer Mike Seguin- Lav­i­gne who engi­neered and recorded the al­bum.

Ler­oux in­vited gui­tar le­gend and es­teemed luthier Brian Monty from Van­kleek Hill to play on the al­bum and his as­ton­ish­ing leads on three tracks play­ing one of his cus­tom Blues­billy model gui­tars make for tasty lis­ten­ing.

Great too is Stephan Deraspe whose or­gan breathes in and out on tracks through­out the al­bum, its hon­eyed swirl ad­ding eeri­ness to Mitchell Pilon’s haunt­ing sax play­ing on the bluesy track, "Never Had to Lose."

Each tune on the al­bum stands alone—there are south­ern rock rhythms and fast gui­tar leads, gur­gling Ham­mond B3 pas­sages, beau­ti­ful cry­ing sax leads, and an in­ven­tive and poignant cover of “The Wait.”

Be­hind it all is Mr. Ler­oux’s in­formed mu­si­cian­ship and strong song­writ­ing.

He dips from the deep well­spring of grow­ing up in a mu­si­cal fam­ily. His fa­ther, a re­spected gui­tar and fid­dle maker, was among the found­ing mem­bers of the Old Time Glen­garry Fid­dlers. Fred Ler­oux is still very ac­tive in the Glen­garry Celtic mu­sic scene.

At home there was coun­try mu­sic on the turntable, and one tune on the al­bum “In­tert­state” is a plain­tive but catchy coun­try song that Mr. Ler­oux segues into Tough Times on the next track, his homage to South­ern rock an­thems.

If any­thing, New Ground is the per­fect break­through al­bum for Yvon Ler­oux who is al­ready known lo­cally as a lead gui­tarist, and since just a few years, a ver­sa­tile and pow­er­ful lead vo­cal­ist.

“I sang har­mony in so many bands, and I re­ally was good, but now I’m re­ally en­joy­ing singing lead my­self,” he said just be­fore head­ing out to a solo gig in Hawkes­bury. To find out where to buy New

Ground lo­cally, lis­ten to sam­ples, and find out where Yvon

YVON LER­OUX Ler­oux is per­form­ing, visit yvon­ler­oux.com

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