treasa levasseur

treasa levasseur

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandBluesSoul

The latest album BROAD, is a soulful blend of rhythm and blues hooks, songwriting savvy and carefully crafted tunes. The release features such Canadian blues luminaries as MonkeyJunk, Raoul and the Big Time, Paul Reddick and more, all fronted by the unmistakable voice of Ms. Levasseur

Biography


Blending old school R&B grooves with a songwriting ethic that comes from years of playing, Treasa Levasseur’s smart and soulful brand of music has made her a hot name in the folk, roots, blues and jazz scenes. To follow up to her 2008 critically acclaimed and Juno-nominated album Low Fidelity, Levasseur gathered some of Canada’s best players to record Broad. The album continues to be listed on folk & blues charts alike. Treasa remains one of the most versatile of artists. She’s been compared to Laura Nyro, Bonnie Raitt, Carole King and Marcia Ball. Past festivals include Toronto Jazz, Calgary Blues, Mariposa Folk & Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues.

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“...Performance is what I love above all else. It is the place where I feel least nervous anywhere on earth. When I’m onstage, I feel that this is exactly where I’m supposed to be. What live performance has over everything else is that it is spontaneous....I really enjoyed making Broad. That to me is the favourite part of it and what I will keep from that experience. Working with all of those bands, going in for three days and having to do three songs with people I’d never played with before, that was fantastic. It felt like a culmination of all the experiences I’d had up until then. It was a breakthrough, to go with the flow and really allow the input of others.” -Treasa

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Lyrics

Stuck in Soulsville

Written By: Treasa Levasseur

Stuck in Soulsville (4:29)

I got stuck down in Memphis town
Snow up in Chicago and the plane on the ground
Left me stranded, the whole damn band
Not a seat left for me in the company van
But then a woman standing there as the guys peeled away
Said “Girl I do believe this is your lucky day
Because I’m headed to a party, an anniversary
And I know you’re not busy so you’re coming with me

You got stuck in Soulsville USA

So we left the Mississippi and we crossed the trolley tracks
Took a bus uptown all the way to Stax
And a man standing there said “Hurry on in
Because today proceedings are about to begin”
Well when I walked through the door my jaw dropped to the floor
There was Thomas Family & MG’s and so many more
Mr. Porter, Mr. Cropper, Mr. Isaac Hayes A
And they were all telling stories of the glory days of

Being stuck in Soulsville USA

Some people say that you make your own luck
I guess to get where it’s at sometimes you’ve got to get stuck

Soulsville

Well as I listened to this piece of Memphis history
The sweet sounds of Stax became revealed to me
The key to the rhythm and the secret to the soul
Is that the sum of the parts are at the heart of the whole
What a gift from above, an opportunity
To witness all of the love of that community
And to my dying day I thank my sister Cindy
For showing me some sweet southern hospitality

When I was stuck in Soulsville USA
Some people say that you make your own luck
I guess to get where it’s at sometimes you’ve got to get stuck

Soulsville

Low Fidelity

Written By: Treasa Levasseur/David Baxter

Low Fidelity (3:45)

I can’t hear you, what’s that you say?

Well you called my cell at a quarter to twelve
With the same old hound dog tone
You say you’ve bee with your buddies at the bar up the block
And you got too drunk to drive home

But you’ve been thinking about me anyhow
About how much I mean to you
And there is just no moment like the here and the now
To come on over and prove it’s true

Well the same old song’s kinda hard to hear
It’s coming in loud but it’s far from clear
Your frequency is getting weak on me
And I say no to low fidelity

Back when we met you were still with Danielle
It took you six months to set her free
And all the while I believed every lie you would tell
‘bout how much you couldn’t wait to get with me

Well the same old song’s kinda had to hear
It’s coming in loud but it’s far from clear
Your frequency is getting weak on me
And I say no to low fidelity

I can’t hear you.
Pardon me, I can’t hear you

I should have known better from the bitter start
That the piper doesn’t change his tune
But you’ve been playing so long on the strings of my heart
Your going to have to face the music soon

Because the same old song’s kinda hard to hear
It’s coming in loud but it’s far from clear
Your frequency is getting weak on me
And I say no to low fidelity

Big Fat Mouth

Written By: Treasa Levasseur, David Baxter, Paul Reddick

Big Fat Mouth (3:31)

My oh me ever since I was young
I never could manage to hold my tongue
So full of opinion, so full of fact
So damn full of myself I never took a word back
I loved to argue and I loved to fight
But most of all I think I simply loved to be right
I was a self made star in a one woman show, it was a lonely way to go

Me and my big fat mouth
Sometimes I wonder where I’d be without
Me and my big fat mouth
Those of you that got one too know what I’m talking about

Luck little me at the age of 18, I met a king among men who treated me like a queen
But I was young. I was hungry, ambitious and keen.
I knew the small town, small time was not my scene.
So on the night he asked me to be his sweet wife I replied
“I hope you’re ready for a better life”
He said “I’m sorry my sugar this is all that I know” and then I knew I had to go

Me and my big fat mouth
Sometimes I wonder where I’d be without
Me and my big fat mouth
Those of you that got one too know what I’m talking about

If I count up the cost of l the lessons I’ve learned
all the lovers I’ve lost and all the bridges I’ve burned
Well I have earned every moment of every show
It’s been a lonely way to go
But it’s the only way I know

Me and my big fat mouth
Sometimes I wonder where I’d be without
Me and my big fat mouth
I put my foot right in and then I spit it out
Me and my big fat mouth
No use in wondering where I’d be without
Me and my big fat mouth
Those of you that got one too know what I’m talking about

Rest of the Ride

Written By: Treasa Levasseur, David Baxter, Paul Reddick

Rest of the Ride (3:57)

I’ve been through good times, and I’ve been through bad
But your love is the best time that I’ve ever had
How can I go wrong when you’re right by my side
Won’t you come along dear, for the rest of the ride

I will love you for better, I will love you for worse
I will love you forever and always put you first
Because standing beside you my heart bursts with pride
Won’t you come along dear, for the rest of the ride

I never thought I’d find
A love so patient, a love so kind
I’m gonna love you to the bitter end
I will never ever have a better friend

I put my dreams into words, and I sing them to you
And I pray once you’ve heard them each one will come true
Because I have been searching for you far and wide
Won’t you come along dear for the rest of the ride

Amen

Written By: Treasa Levasseur

Amen (6:25)

When I was a young girl you know I loved Jesus the best
So eager to please him I put him above all the rest
But what I’ve seen since has put my blind faith to the test
And how far I’ve strayed since those days now is anyone guess

It was an uppity uptown uptight old Catholic church
With a priest like a parrot repeating himself from his perch
But I waited patiently through all those words well rehearsed
To greet my sweet Lord in the chords of the chorus and verse

Singing hallelujah, holy holy, hosanna amen

See, the Holy See told me beware of them other false gods
But the further I’ve traveled the more he and I seem at odds
For the paths that Mohammed, the Buddha and Shanti have trod
Seem to me equally worthy of glory and laud

So I sing hallelujah, holy holy, hosanna amen

I’ve done my fair share of sinning, my fair share of feeling low down
And I’ve gotten so lost I thought that I would not be found
But it’s always sweet melody picking me up off the ground
I hear it, the spirit incarnate in harmony’s sound

And I sing hallelujah, holy holy, hosanna amen

let me sleep on it

Written By: treasa levasseur

LET ME SLEEP ON IT

i have a father, guess what he said
turn off your heart, turn on your head
stop making art make money instead
that’s what my father said
that’s what my father said

i have a mother guess what she said
stop lying down in those little boys’ beds
find a grown man to put a roof over your head
that’s what my mother said,
that’s what my mother said

yeah, i heard every word
let me sleep on it

i have a brother, guess what he said
live for the music til the day that you’re dead
a troubadour always finds a way to get fed
that’s what my brother said
that’s what my brother said

yeah, i heard every word
let me sleep on it

i have a lover, guess what he said
lay down your arms and lie down in bed
love can be more than just some story you’ve red
that’s what my lover said
that’s what my lover said
that’s what my lover said

Discography

2006 - Not a Straight Line
2008 - Low Fidelity
April 1 2011 - The Memphis Sessions 7" EP
November 1 2011 - BROAD

Set List

the shortest show i played was in nanaimo bc, they flew me there for 2 songs...

the longest show i've ever played was 4 x 45 minute sets. there were many wicked solos. we play mostly original music, but we padded that show with covers of, among others, isley brothers, ann peebles, bill withers, etta james, aretha franklin, jamie lidell, roxanne potvin, bonnie raitt and pete townshend. it was fun and exhausting.

set times and lengths are fully negotiable