New album "Sail On" in stores in Europe!
Marc-André LÉGER is the artist who will go where we do not expect him to go. He came from Canada to play the blues for Europeans with his resonator guitar in one hand, and his old PowerBook in the other. His playground is roots blues in its simplest form: guitar and voice. His guitar playing is a combination of dexterity and virtuosity, and his sensual voice brings a touch of soul to a repertoire of traditional blues. His generosity and inventiveness shine through when he shares magic moments on stage with his audience.
Since his arrival in Europe in 2008, Marc-André LÉGER has been recognized as a true artist by his peers on the blues scene. With his precise, seemingly free-flowing arrangements, he gives a nod to the blues artists who have influenced his musical style. Every concert surprises and seduces the audience because of his knowledge of other genres of music that are somewhat historically related to the blues.
In 2009, he decided to fill a gap: record an album that would capture the essence of his live performances. One year after the first recording session, and after eight months of homemade post-production, his new opus Sail On, his first acoustic album, will be launched in November 2010. The title song Sail On is a tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell’s Sail On Little Girl Sail On. This title song, which he has completely made his own, could possibly be a reflection on leaving everything behind to live the life one envisions. These eleven songs of pure blues, with no useless frills, are filled with a sincere admiration for those who have made blues history. On this album we find everything that his fans love about his live performances: the energy, the authentic sound, the genuine emotion, and especially his exceptional virtuosity on the guitar, along with his voice that warms the soul.
Marc-André LÉGER is not new to the music scene. His first concerts date back to 1994. By 2004 he was giving more than 200 concerts a year. At that time he was mostly playing bars and blues festivals in Canada. In 2007, his first self-titled album came out and got him an ecstatic review in X-Roads Magazine: « Marc-André Léger has revealed himself to be the new conqueror with his brilliantly colored blues. From now on we must take note of him and this album is one heck of a calling card! » This album, more electric than Sail On, allows us to glimpse into his creative genius. He was the leader of a number of bands in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. He knows how to surround himself with great musicians. One year after his arrival in Europe, he put a trio together. With Guillaume LAGGER on harmonica, and Xavier LONGCHAMP or Yoann JULLIARD on drums, and because they come from different musical backgrounds, they push the blues beyond the blues, and the blues back to its roots.