by Bill Pearis
Montreal songwriter Leif Vollebekk will release his new album, North Americana, on February 19. That's the cover art above and the photo was actually taken by BV contributor Dominick Mastrangelo. Vollebekk spent nearly two years making the album, recording it in Montreal, New York City and La Frette-sur-Seine, France and features violin work from Arcade Fire's Sarah Neufeld. You can stream "Off the Main Drag" below.
We've caught Leif a few times, at M for Montreal and SXSW for example, and he's an engaging live performer. He's got some shows coming up, including one in NYC on February 7 at Rockwood Music Hall, opening for Willy Mason. Advance tickets are available. He'll be at SXSW too and all tour dates are listed below...
Leif Vollebekk - 2013 Tour Dates
01/25/13 Gatineau, QC Cabaret la Basoche
02/07/13 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall
03/01/13 Wakefield, QC The Black Sheep Inn
03/04/13 Chicago, IL The Empty Bottle
3/12 - 17 Austin, TX, SXSW
03/20 - 21/13 Toronto, ON Canadian Music Week
03/22/13 Quebec City Le Cercle
03/23/13 Montreal, QQ Cabaret Du Mile-End
03/30/13 Magog, QC Vieux-Clocher de Magog
04/02/13 Terrebonne, QC Théâtre du Vieux-Terrebonne Canada