Nfld. & Labrador

First Listen: Art of the Confessor by Chris LeDrew

Chris LeDrew may be best known as a singer-songwriter, but his love of the steel guitar led to his latest album, Art of the Confessor.

LeDrew's latest album has a Nashville steel guitar connection

Chris LeDrew's latest album is called Art of the Confessor. (courtesy Alysse Gafkjen)

Chris LeDrew may be best known as a singer-songwriter, but his love of the steel guitar led to his latest album, Art of the Confessor.

He met Joshua Grange, the album's producer, through their connections with the steel guitar community.

"I've met almost every steel player who has come through town," said LeDrew.

LeDrew said he and Grange have been friends ever since Grange played steel guitar with Dwight Yoakam at a concert in St. John's in 2005.

LeDrew wound up travelling to Nashville to record Art of the Confessor at Grange's studio, with Grange serving as a producer.

LeDrew said working with Grange, who wasn't familiar with LeDrew's previous work, was just what he needed.

"He just had the songs in front of him, and he had a vision for what the record would sound like. And it's like nothing I would have done anywhere else." 

Have a listen to Chris LeDrew's conversation with Weekend AM host Heather Barrett.

Chris LeDrew talks to Weekend AM host Heather Barrett about his latest album, The Art of the Confessor.

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You can hear First Listen Sundays on Weekend AM from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. (5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in Labrador) on CBC Radio One.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Heather Barrett is the host and producer of Weekend AM on CBC Radio One in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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