Dylan LeBlanc Paupers Field on LP
On Dylan LeBlanc's 2010 debut, Pauper's Field, a lost world is brought to life both in the carefully sculpted songs and rich well of country soul from which those songs emerge. Although the Golden era of Alabama's fabled Muscle Shoals sound had passed by the time Dylan was born in 1990, his ancestral roots and family background connected him to one of the most significant sources in the rich tapestry of American music. His father's position as a Muscle Shoals session player and songwriter meant that early in life Dylan was privy to the sights and sounds of an unvarnished, vanishing epoch and such legends as Spooner Oldham.
LeBlanc was born in the Parish of Caddo in northwest Louisiana. He was exposed to a wide variety of music whilst growing up in Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana and Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Inspired by Willis Alan Ramsey, Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt and Tennessee Williams, he joined the House of Fame as a writer at just 18. Dylan's approach to music is to write and sing about things that are real, that convey humanity, so all can relate. His inspiration comes from experience, and watching, listening, and absorbing everyday life around him.
Despite his age (19 when he recorded his debut), Dylan's worn yearning voice already has the mark of aged experience. Neither the feel nor sound of the album, nor the haunted ghost summoning songs he has written, can be faked. "If Time Was For Wasting" seems to be wrenched from the heart of ever-present currents in Deep South life where the pull of the past is unavoidable. Ghosts and demons emerge from the mist in compositions featuring archetypal characters such as "Emma Hartley" and "The Outlaw Billy John."