Renegade — Dylan LeBlanc

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Singer songwriter Dylan LeBlanc is 29 years old and four records into a lush career that takes most artists 29 years to achieve. LeBlanc, who channels a style and groove reminiscent of a heyday Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac love child, made a significant splash on the Americana scene in 2016 with his buttery-glider record, Cautionary Tale. He has perfectly matured this sound on his latest release, Renegade.

Gathering experiences from being a rebellious and displaced post-Hurricane Katrina adolescent from Shreveport, Louisiana, Leblanc has filtered the torrents of a wayward existence into a pure and concentrated formula of sonic genius.

Renegade is a compact 37-minute stream of swirling, jangle-strum tones and perfectly layered vocals that blanket powerful grooves with the primitive hums of a live session. Find a front porch, rocking chair, hand fan and ice-cold glass of your favorite libation to best absorb this album. Each pass richer than the last. File under: Hot Summer Night Jams.

– Chris Rucker