Saturday, September 17, 2022

Albums of the Year - # 99 Nothing Pressing - Jerry Leger



Canadian Jerry Leger knows his stuff. Had he released his current album Nothing Pressing,in 1972 it would probably now be considered as a lost Americana singer songwriter nugget in the style of Dylan, Croce, Young, Prine and Lightfoot. But instead, it's just out. This really doesn't make the record any less remarkable.

Leger has a voice that's eerily reminiscent of George Harrison's on occasion and a droopy moustache that would have earned Rick Danko and the rest of The Band's approval. Nothing Pressing is produced by Michael Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies and is immediately, along with Jake Xerxes Fussell's Good & Green Again, the best record of its sort I've heard this year. 

 It's distinctly old school. Every song on here sounds utterly as if it was written and recorded between 1967 and 1974. There's a lot of stuff on here that you sense that the Travelling Wilburys would have approved of, but don't let that put you off for a moment. This is just a man who intimately knows the tradition he works in draws you into his Pastoral American world with sweet, astonishing skill.

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