Leroux breaks New Ground
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