Luke LeBlanc
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Luke LeBlanc

Minneapolis, MN | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

Minneapolis, MN | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
Solo Folk Singer/Songwriter




"Luke LeBlanc Self Release"

These 5 songs are thoughtfully delivered with understated playing and a production that proves the adage that ‘less is more’. On the opening, Beautiful, the studio musicians interplay across an arresting acoustic rhythm as the longing of the lyric spins the driver home along dark Wisconsin roads. Time On My Hands sparks with an up-tempo arrangement and a focus on living for the moment. Winter Rising slows things down with an easy strum and superb violin from Laurie Melting Stagner, both restrained and reflective in delivery.

The 12-bar blues of Please Stay, with dual harmonica from Stacy Bowen and Luke LeBlanc, is nicely paced and quietly laid-back while the final song, Highway’s Gone, ends up on the road again as a metaphor for a failing relationship; “drivin’ on empty and runnin’ out of room”- a bittersweet meody to take everyone home.

Luke LeBlanc sings with a warm tone and his voice has a fine quality and resonance across these acoustic tracks. Well worth investigation and another steady step taken in a career that is gaining momentum. - Paul McGee

"Luke LeBlanc Shines in New Orleans Bound Release"

“Beautifully gifted singer-songwriter Luke LeBlanc has a warm, companionable acoustic sound that immediately endears his music to you. The word for his artistry would be heartfelt, with a healthy hint of bluegrass style. New Orleans Bound, an even dozen offerings of sterling craftsmanship, confirms that, hands down.

Listening to him sing and strum guitar, delivering refreshingly simple lyrics, you’d swear the guy hasn’t got a pretentious bone in his body. Especially when he draws from the same sweetwater well as Jim Croce (think Croce’s touch with “Photographs And Memories” or “New York’s Not My Home”). In fact, he executes rich, low-keyed vocals that always hit a note dead-on and manage to convey a world of emotion with a mere inflection. You don’t come by this caliber of singer-songwriter all the time.

The melodies on New Orleans Bound,throughout, are each so distinctly rich, that though the music is mostly LeBlanc on guitar-harmonica without a band and clever arrangements to mix things up and keep your ear interested, he never loses you for a moment. Though when he does enlist assistance, for instance, on “12-12-12” with Jeremy Krueth (drums), Laurie Melting (fiddle), Blake Bunde (drums), and Johnnie Wall (pedal steel guitar), it works like a charm. It’s a buoyant little wryly tongue-in-cheek ditty, that’ll have you absent-mindedly nodding your head and tapping your feet, listening with a smile, especially to the lines,

Well, the river’s froze over
But, the ice is pretty thin
Underneath that water’s flowin’
I don’t know where it ends
They say Jesus walked on water
I suppose I’ll try it, too.
The world’s gonna end
So, I ain’t got much to lose.”

“Dwight Hobbes has written for ESSENCE, Reader’s Digest, the Washington Post, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, City Pages, Mpls/St. Paul, MN Law & Politics, Pulse of the Twin Cities, the Minneapolis Observer, the Twin Cities Daily Planet, Saint Paul Almanac 2009, Women & Word, the San Diego Union-Tribune, The Circle and Insight News” - Dwight Hobbes

"Luke LeBlanc's New EP"

At the age of 11, Luke LeBlanc taught himself how to play guitar and decided from then on to write his own words and music. At 13, he was the youngest to win the Zimmy’s (named after Robert Zimmerman, aka Bob Dylan) national Dylan influenced singer/songwriter competition in Hibbing, Minnesota. Born and raised in Minneapolis, LeBlanc has opened shows for musicians in well known bands, such as Rembrandts, Badfinger, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils – all while attending school and playing sports. His current release Time on My Hands is his third recording which follows up his 2013 release New Orleans Bound.

The EP is a blend of alternative and folk, with similar sounds to Ray Lamontagne, Houndmouth, Brandi Carlisle, and the Avett Brothers. Everything was recorded live, and I cannot express enough how beautiful and pure the live sound is. LeBlanc had help on bass and kick drum from John Cleve Richardson, Laurie Melting on violin, Luke Kramer on electric guitar and Stacy Bowen on the fourth track “Please Stay.”

“Beautiful” starts of with clean and delicate guitar picking with LeBlanc tapping his foot on a piece of plywood. A tender love song – “You’re the most beautiful thing in the air tonight” – with bass and violin coming in later just a sweet and tender as the lyrics. The EPs title track number “Time on My Hands” takes a reflective turn from the viewpoint of the 20-something songwriter. Musically, it has an alt-country folk flavor with a warm sounding electric and a steady beat. In a way, it reminded me of what the Replacements were doing on their last LP All Shook Down, before Paul Westerberg and company called it a day (And from one Minnesota native to another, you better believe I’m a ‘Mats fan!).

​With “Winter Rising” the mood is quiet, the rhythm slow and the song suggests hope and the will to let go, but also nostalgia and wisdom – a very classy and professional tune, in my opinion. “Please Stay” is a classic blues number, complete with two harmonicas in different keys batting out their tune alongside the stripped down, clean sound of LeBlanc’s acoustic and Kramer’s low and smooth electric. The last song, “Highway’s Gone” has that feel of a new day on the open road when your thinking about your place in life and where you’ve been and where you’re hoping to end up. LeBlanc sounds somewhat like a young Dylan or Springsteen on this last number, and that’s good company to be in. - Jay Freeman

""Time on My Hands" Review"

I reviewed another set from this artist, but if you look under “Luke Leblanc” you will only find it as a “related” review. That’s because that one was released under the moniker “Little Diamonds.” This is the same artist, but now he’s using his real name instead. That set was heavily based on roots music, and so is this one. There is a lot of country and folk here, but also some blues. All in all, this is great. There isn’t a weak track here, and it flows well. If you dig authentic sounding roots music, give this a try. You will probably really enjoy it.

Track by Track Review
I dig the acoustic guitar that makes up the backdrop of this piece. There is an energy to the cut despite the mellow nature and stripped back arrangement. I love the flow of the vocals, too. This is a strong folk rock based number (with some hints of country music), and a great way to start things in style.t
Time on My Hands
There is a lot more country music in the mix here. A lot of that comes from the violin (or should I say “fiddle?”) and other instrumentations added to the mix. In a lot of ways this isn’t a huge change from the opener, but the arrangement has more layers built into it, and the tune has more energy.
Winter Rising
Another mellow tune, there is a lot of country in the mix here. This is dramatic and classy. I really dig the violin solo section on this. It adds a lot of flavor to the piece.
Please Stay
Now, this is a big change. Here we have an old school blues number that sounds so authentic that it’s scary. The blues harp adds a lot, and the whole piece just oozes cool.
Highway’s Gone
The mix of country and folk on this cut is classy. The roots textures on this are so real and tasty. - Gary Hill

"Luke LeBlanc Releases New Single"

Minneapolis native Luke LeBlanc’s first single since the release of his lauded five song EP Time on My Hands, “Same Blues”, establishes an unlikely songwriting union. He lived for a brief time in Nashville, Music City U, S,A. but made important connections despite the short stay. One of those was with songwriter Roy August, co-writer of the Oak Ridge Boys’ first number one hit 1981’s “Fancy Free”. LeBlanc had no grand or greater designs for what he wanted to realize from this connection, but August surprised him after a bunch meeting when he shared a work in progress with LeBlanc and offered him co-writing credit if he could finish it. The result is “Same Blues”, a song well in keeping with LeBlanc’s Americana and folk music influences.


His pristine acoustic guitar work never sounds like a butterfly trapped under glass. Despite its obvious finesse, LeBlanc plays with genuine feeling and melodic skill. This obviously isn’t his first run through with the song, but this recording sparkles with well produced spontaneity instead of a feeling of the track being overworked. It has a freshness that never feels forced. The production clearly doesn’t have multiple elements to contend with, but nonetheless does an exceptional job of capturing the sensitivity of his guitar playing with tactile clarity.

He has a first class voice for this sort of material that covers many bases. It has strength and sensitivity, warmth and spot on musicality, and youthful energy coupled with surprising gravitas given his age. The production lets down his delivery somewhat; many will prefer a more straight forward recording of the vocal instead of dressing it up with post-production effects. He doesn’t go overboard, granted, but it some will hear the vocal sound burdened by needless affectation rather than focused on making direct connections with the listener.

The lyrics are cut to the bone and intelligent, but never attempt remaking the songwriting wheel. They have an economical focus throughout and rely on deceptively simple turns of phrase that, nonetheless, connect with listeners. They are crafted in such a way to facilitate the best possible phrasing from LeBlanc and he delivers throughout with low-key dramatics that elevate the lyric into the realm of performed poetry. It never feels stilted or clichéd.


LeBlanc began his musical journey by teaching himself guitar at age eleven and started writing his own words and music soon after. This sort of precocious development is the hallmark of a prodigy in the making and becoming the youngest recipient of the Zimmy award, a singer/songwriter competition based out of Bob Dylan’s hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota. He has opened for luminaries such as Badfinger’s Joey Molland, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and The Rembrandts’ Phil Solem and scored plum slots like playing South by Southwest in 2017. His latest single “Same Blues” is an unabashed success by any measure and continues expanding the promise he has shown since first emerging on the scene. Luke LeBlanc isn’t going away anytime soon and will build on his success with future efforts. - Vents Magazine


Same Blues - Single

Released August 2019

Time on My Hands
Released April 2018

New Orleans Bound
Released September 2013

First Rail
Released May 2011



Luke LeBlanc is a Minneapolis-based Americana / Folk singer-songwriter who delivers dynamic and unapologetically original performances of songs filled with heart, soul, and grit. He has shared the stage with Charlie Parr, the Rembrandts, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Ozark Mountain Daredevils, among others. According to music critic Dwight Hobbes, “abundant as the Twin Cities music scene is in eyebrow-raising talent, Luke LeBlanc’s ear-friendly, indeed entrancing music marks him as a stand-out talent.” His most recent EP, Time on My Hands, was featured in Music Street Journal, Divide and Conquer, and Lonesome Highway, and his latest single, "Same Blues" was featured in Vents Magazine and on 89.3 the Current. Read more at

LeBlanc taught himself how to play guitar at 11 years old and decided to write his own words and music soon after. At 13, he was the youngest to win the Zimmy’s (named after Robert Zimmerman, aka Bob Dylan) national Dylan influenced singer-songwriter competition in Hibbing, Minnesota. Born and raised in Minneapolis’ Northside, LeBlanc played South by Southwest in Texas in 2017 and found himself opening for numerous national acts.

His most recent single, "Same Blues," has been featured on 89.3 the Current in Minneapolis, 99.9 Converge in Eau Claire, and in Vents Magazine.

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