Dylan LeBlanc, at 29, steeped in ‘70s singer-songwriter traditions


Dylan LeBlanc grew up in Louisiana and Alabama, but much of his music is steeped in the Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter canon of the late 1960s and early 1970s — an era the predates his birth by nearly two decades.

LeBlanc, who turns 30 next year, also cites Fleetwood Mac and Todd Rundgren, circa the mid-’70s, as key inspirations.

He’s now on tour to promote his fourth album, “Renegade,” which pays homage to Neil Young (on “Born Again,” “Damned” and “Domino,”), Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (“Renegade,” which should not be confused with Petty’s song of the same name) and the pre-Joe Walsh era Eagles (“I See It in Your Eyes”).

Like The War On Drugs band leader Adam Granduciel, LeBlanc is a dedicated tune-smith and a relatively young man who unabashedly draws from music of the past.

Whether he can match War On Drugs’ Grammy-winning, chart-topping success remains to be seen. But — with more time to evolve and hone his music — LeBlanc could build on his influences to develop a distinct sound of his own. He clearly has the ability.

Dylan LeBlanc, with Erin Rae: 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Middletown. $12 (advance), $15 (at the door); must be 21 or older to attend. (619) 234-4355.