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Dylan LeBlanc’s cautionary tales 

The country singer-songwriter performs July 20

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Dylan LeBlanc's current tour, a Southern swing for third LP Cautionary Tale (Single Lock), brings the 25-year-old singer/songwriter from Alabama to Louisiana and, after a few crooked detours, back again. It's a familiar route. LeBlanc has spent most of his life shuttling between his hometown of Shreveport and Muscle Shoals, where his father, a country songwriter and session player, stashed the surely wide-eyed and -eared child in the catbird corners of sundry recording studios and dive bars. It's also a cautionary tale of its own: The hollowed-out soul on 2010's Paupers Field and 2012's Cast the Same Old Shadow came all too true, as a young artist grappling with positive press and negative sales fell victim to his worst self-destructive impulses. Merle Haggard taught LeBlanc that the singer is secondary to the song, but it was Single Lock co-founders and Cautionary Tale co-producers Ben Tanner (keyboardist for the Alabama Shakes) and John Paul White (one half of the defunct Civil Wars) who made him prove it. Like Cat Power's The Greatest, these lovely, lilting country/folk and soft-rock compositions celebrate a vintage sound without being subsumed by it, hoisting up the pained voice at their center instead of dragging it down. McGregor opens. Tickets $10.


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