We’re back! In today’s episode of Willful, we spoke with Jerry Leger, a Toronto-based singer/songwriter with a melancholic folk rock sound, and a collaboration lineup that includes Serena Ryder, Ron Sexsmith and the Cowboy Junkies.
Right now Jerry is on tour with his band Jerry Leger & The Situation to promote their second album, Nonsense and Heartache. In our first conversation, we talk about:
• Toronto’s international rep as a singer/songwriter mecca
• Recording demos in high school on an old 1980s 4-track, and thinking, “I love music, I love writing, I love to play … maybe I could do this.”
• Pondering art college: do I want to pay to put myself in a box?
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Our thanks to Greg Garson of the The Merchant Taps & Tavern for introducing us to Jerry and his bassist, Dan Mock, and all their talented musical friends, and for hosting our interview series at your resto.
Album photography: Laura Proctor