Not performing in 2017
Lisa LeBlanc came blazing out of her quiet francophone New Brunswick hometown (pop. 51) on an incandescent trail of banjo notes. Armed with fiery Acadian charm and a voice that sounds like it should belong to a road-seasoned veteran twice her age, at just 22 Leblanc became a bona-fide superstar in francophone Canada with her eponymous 2012 debut album. Lisa Leblanc went platinum, its rough-hewn blend of Acadian folk and rock’n’roll selling nearly 100,000 copies and climbing to #8 on Billboard’s Canadian Albums chart, despite having little profile outside of Québec and the francophone half of her home province.
Of course, a voice this big and brash was never going to remain a local secret. Francophone Europe has embraced her passionate delivery and heartstrong take on traditional music. With her new English-language EP, Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted, her wry songwriting displays more alt-country influences, and her backing band (electric guitar and drums) drives her self-described folk-trash style toward the realm of cowpunk. With her heart on her sleeve and her flying fingers alternating between guitar and banjo, LeBlanc’s star is firmly in the ascendant.