Country troubadour Leo Rondeau is a student of the rural American west and a longtime devotee of traditional country storytelling. Rondeau's forthcoming album Right On Time (out on March 8) recalls the heart-wrenching truths and gut punch lyrics of Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt.
The ten song collection features nine originals and one cover of a Blaze Foley tune. The album's title track, which Wide Open Country is premiering today, follows a rambler too busy running to see what's right in front of him.
Rondeau says the song was born out of a weekly songwriter round and partially inspired by a country legend.
"This song came from participating in a weekly songwriter group started by my friend Miranda Dawn from Dawn & Hawkes. I had been playing fiddle tunes around then so the melody has that old time feel," Rondeau tells Wide Open Country. "The subject matter is about someone who runs from a good thing because they're afraid of being tied down. This is the first song where I did a recitation verse inspired by the amazing Ira Louvin. Aaron Shafer-Haiss came up with an awesome drum groove that took the song from old time to a taste of country funk and made it a great dance tune."
Listen to "Right On Time" below.
Recorded in Nashville, Tenn. at Bombshelter Studios, Right On Time was produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Phosperescent) and features vocals by Margo Price.
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'Right On Time' Track Listing:
1. "Right On Time"
2. "Keep Her On The Farm"
3 "Get On With It"
4. "If You Don't Love Me"
5. "On And Off Again"
6."Win Her Back"
7. "Don't Quote Me On That"
8. "Man Torn Up"
9. "Washed Up Troubadour"
10. "Loving You"
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