Thanks to their Acadian roots and a shared passion for Louisiana music, Lisa LeBlanc and Salebarbes teamed up to offer their own version of the Cajun classic Bonsoir Moreau. The song, originally from singer and fiddle player Canray Fontenot, is Lisa’s first new single in almost five years and is out today on Bonsound.
During a visit to Blackpot Camp in Eunice, Louisiana, a place that offers workshops on Cajun music, dance and cooking, the Rosaireville-born artist first learned about this song, which instantly became one of her favourites. Bonsoir Moreau - which means "Good night bartender" - is the perfect song to cover with her friends from the band Salebarbes. They recorded the song remotely, over the winter of 2021, while in lockdown in their respective homes. Lisa first sent a guitar-vocals version to the members of Salesbarbes, who then added their own twist. They were so pleased with this creative collaboration, initially recorded for fun, that Lisa decided to release the song.
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Bonsoir Moreau is available now on all music services.
Using fiddles typical to Cajun and Acadian music, Lisa flirts more than ever with her heritage. This is our humble tribute to the Cajun music of our southern cousins by a gang of northern Acadians, she explains. We are all lovers of our Acadian culture and I find it fascinating the history, similarities (and kinship!) that link us with Louisiana. Many of my happiest moments in life were spent there, so I have a very special bond with that place.
The release of this new single follows a well-deserved sabbatical year, though Lisa LeBlanc has been far from idle. In addition to serving as the artistic director of the August 15th show presented during the Congrès Mondial Acadien in Dieppe in 2019, Lisa discovered a particular interest in producing. She produced Edith Butler's new album, to be released this fall, and co-produced young Nova Scotian musician Jacques Surette’s first two records. More recently, Lisa has returned to writing and composing.
At 30 years old, the captivating Acadian singer-guitarist-banjo player has toured relentlessly with her band and sold over 140 000 records on two continents, achieving platinum-selling status in Canada. Lisa LeBlanc is known for her ability to compose rousing, heart-wrenching narratives out of everyday tales of love, friendship and heartbreak. She has been compared to the sharp wit of Courtney Barnett, the rambling honesty of Bob Dylan and the high-flying sincerity of Dolly Parton.
Lisa received critical acclaim for her self-titled debut album, including the exceptional honour of the Felix award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the ADISQ Gala in Quebec in 2012. Two years later, she released Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted, a 6-track EP made up of five originals and a cover of the traditional folk song Katie Cruel, popularized by American singer Karen Dalton. She found the inspiration for this EP as well as for Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?, her sophomore effort released in 2016, when she hit the road and followed the path of the Beat Generation across Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, Austin, Las Vegas, and San Francisco. After many tours across Canada, the USA and Europe, Lisa was nominated at the 2017 Juno Awards in the Contemporary Roots Album of the Year category for Why You Wanna Leave…, which was also short-listed for 2017 Polaris Music Prize.