Small Talk: JERRY LEGER

Photo by Joe FudaWho are you and what do you do:
Jerry Leger, write songs.

Current obsessions:
The American Civil War, I’m no buff yet though. Been reading a great historical novel called “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara, set during the war.

A song or a record that will always put you in a good mood, without fail:
“Cathy’s Clown” by The Everly Brothers.

Tell us about an album or artist you think is really under-appreciated, and why they are deserving of more praise:
Gene Clark. He was doing the country rock thing before Gram Parsons and on top of that was a fantastic and unique songwriter.  I would recommend the albums, “The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark”, “Roadmaster” and if you’re still on board, “No Other.”

Most played track on your iTunes:
Well, I don’t have iTunes, so I guess I’d have to pick a 45 and recently it was “The Monster Mash” by Bobby (Boris) Pickett.

Most cherished musical object:
Out of everything, it would be my cheap late 70’s small body Fender acoustic. It’s what I learned on and have written most of my songs on.  It’s always what I play around the house, my ’68 Gibson I use on stage and in the studio.

Proudest moment:
Every time a great song comes along.

Most vulnerable moment:
Every time I stop and think about making money and it’s relation to “surviving.”  I try not to think about it too much.

If you could score a film for anyone, who would it be and why:
Jim Jarmusch because I enjoy his films, it’s up my alley and would love to be part of the atmosphere.

Your favourite use of a song in a film:
Rushmore is one of my favourite films, every use of song in that is perfect.

Favourite venue to play in and why:
Well, one that recently comes to mind was an old small country church in Coleman, Alberta. Haunted, you could feel it. It was decorated with a lot of antiques and there was a hundred year old black and white photo of folks attending a funeral there. The couple who owned the place told us some of the ghost stories after the show.

Dream venue to play in and why:
In Canada, headlining Massey Hall, it’s the musical church. In the US, it would be The Ryman, another musical church where Hank Williams stood on many a night, enough said.

First band t-shirt you ever purchased from a merch table:
I don’t think I’ve ever bought a band t-shirt!

Band you’d leave your bandmates for:
Ouch! But I’d have to say Hank Holly & The Del Fi’s.

Album you want to expose your kin to whilst in the womb:
Probably any album by The Beatles.

If for some reason you lost the ability to make and play music, what would fill that gap:
I’d sketch and paint.

What was your last dream about:
Not sure! Lightfoot was in it though.

Watch Jerry’s latest session here – http://southernsouls.ca/jerry-leger-nobodys-angel/