Leeroy Stagger - House Concert
Saturday, June 1 07:30 PM
You’ve heard him on CKUA’s Dirty Windshields Radio Hour, now come out and see him in person.
Stagger’s latest album Love Versus, the eleventh studio release by the British Columbia native, confirms his status as one of Canada’s best contemporary singer/songwriters.
It’s not only the music that’s so affecting. Lyrically, Stagger drew from a well of personal conflicted emotions to offer a hopeful guide for survival in the modern world. Elsewhere, he takes a broader view, urging us to never become complacent in searching for fulfillment, even though it can never truly be found.
Raised in a blue-collar household, Stagger has followed his own path—for better or worse—since the age of 18, with every step providing musical inspiration. Like his American counterpart Ryan Adams, Stagger’s life has played out on his records, from a wild, reckless youth, to finding his unique voice.
Since first making his mark on the Canadian independent music scene at the turn of this century, Leeroy Stagger has toured the world, both on his own and with the likes of Steve Earle, Pixies, and Evan Dando. Among his achievements are winning 102.7 The Peak’s highly competitive Performance Project in 2015, working with legendary U.S. industry mogul Danny Goldberg, and having his songs appear in such television shows as Grey’s Anatomy and Sons of Anarchy.
Although Stagger’s sound has most often been tagged Americana, in reality it’s always been much broader than that description might suggest. Learning to ignore the urge to try to fit into any genre has been another crucial change Stagger has made over the last couple of years, and it has paid off magnificently. “I just go where the songs take me. My feeling is you have to be clever in writing catchy music while somehow laying out a framework to include intelligent lyrics.
After almost two decades of consistent output, Stagger certainly does have the respect of both his peers and Canada’s music industry tastemakers. Come out and experience Leeroy’s catchy rollicking, roughhewn roots rock sound. $20.00 tickets are available at Wentworth Music in Kelowna, Mad Hatter Bookstore in West Kelowna (cash only please for the storefront locations) or online at lanternfolk.ca. On sale May 4, 2019