Leif Vollebekk - North Americana

Following his 2010 debut Inland, Montreal singer/songwriter Leif Vollebekk decided he wanted to make one of those classic "new/old" albums, filled with timeless songs that he said could "hold up in a storm." The songs, it turned out, came pretty easy. Everything else didn't. The arrangements and production -- the sound in his mind -- proved elusive.  “All this time,” Vollebekk says, “trying to get one take." He and his rhythm section crisscrossed from Montreal to New York to France and then back to Montreal. He even met up with legendary producer John Simon (Leonard Cohen, The Band) to record a song only to discard the result. Eventually, piece by piece, he banged out the ten songs that were to become North Americana (January 28, U.S.) an aptly-titled album filled with one brilliant song after another.  “I feel like I created a record from 1970-something that no one’s heard before,” says Vollebekk. Now's our chance. Click through to stream "Off The Main Drag" and check out a few videos.

Leif Vollebekk - 'Cairo Blues' (from North Americana)

 

Leif Vollebeck - 'Off the Main Drag' (from New Americana)