Dylan LeBlanc has announced the release of a new EP called ‘Pastimes‘ which features a set of six covers of songs that have particularly inspired him on his own musical path. Each song has been chosen for its deeply personal impact: JJ Cale’s ‘Sensitive Kind‘ takes LeBlanc back to the smoky dive bars his father would bring him along to as a child. Led Zeppelin’s ‘Going to California‘ brings him back to age 15, playing his first coffee shop gigs and learning the song to impress a girl. Buffalo Springfield’s ‘Expecting to Fly‘ reminds him of teenage joyrides, speeding through the country and listening to music to escape life’s harsh realities. He learned the art of storytelling through songs with the Rolling Stones’ haunting ‘Play With Fire‘ and Bob Dylan’s ‘Blind Willie McTell‘, a track that he compares to reading a Southern Gothic Faulkner novel. And Glen Campbell’s version of John Hartford’s ‘Gentle On My Mind‘ is a song he remembers from his early childhood, when his grandfather, also a guitarist, would throw parties where friends would gather to drink and sing and forget their troubles.
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