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Leeroy Stagger bares his soul on latest CD

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Lethbridge musician Leeroy Stagger is a busy man. In addition to raising his new son, running his own furniture company and recording other musicians’ projects in his Rebeltone Studios, he has released his tenth CD “Dream it All Away.”

Leeroy Stagger plays the Geomatic Attic, May 30. Photo by Richard Amery
He recorded some of it in his own studio and other parts of it with producer/ guitarist Russell Broom in the Broom Closet Studio in Calgary as well as in the Station in Calgary.

“It’s probably my most personal CD,” said Stagger who plays the Geomatic Attic, May 30.

“ I have a child now and my own childhood came out in the writing of the record,” he continued adding despite some cheerful titles like “Something Beautiful” and Happy Too” the lyrics explore some darker themes and stories.

“ On Something Beautiful, I wanted to write about something a little more deep. “Happy Too” is about suffering from depression and character dealing with depression and is getting treatment who just wants to be happy too,” he said.“Living In America” was inspired a by a trip to Chicago last year to play a couple of  shows with Steve Earle. He walked around the city and saw  the poverty on the streets and observed each of the people he met had a story to tell. He also submitted the song to the Calgary Folk Fest songwriting competition.

Stagger is planning a big Canadian tour in May and June to support the album, which was released May 12.

He will follow that up with an American tour in July , then do a  brief tour with his side project Easton Stagger and Phillips.
 He will be joined by his band for the Alberta shows including bassist Tyson Maiko, guitarist Matthew Robinson and drummer Nick Stecz. He will be playing the rest of his shows solo.

“It should be fun,” he said.
 He is pleased with how his CD came out.

It features members of his touring band and numerous special guests including Tim Easton from Easton Stagger and Phillips.
 “ It feels like my best writing for sure. And the packaging has beautiful photography by David Guenther,” he said.
“It has a timeless look to it and a timeless sound as well,” he added.
 Ryland Moranz will be opening up the Lethbridge show.

 Tickets cost $27.50 for the show , which begins at 8 p.m. at the Geomatic Attic, May 30.

A version of this story appears in the May 27, 2015 edition of the Lethbridge Sun Times
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 May 2015 10:26 )  
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