Laurie LeBlanc risks it all for romance in his new single and video All In — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The fourth release from the award-nominated New Brunswick country artist’s latest album When It’s Right, It’s Right, All In goes all out for a rollicking good time with its winning combination of sounds: A chugging backbeat, sweet pedal steel, fiddle and piano — all topped with LeBlanc’s warm vocal tones and playful lyrics about a high-stakes poker tourney for two.
Naturally, “the idea of the song came while playing a game of poker one Saturday night,” recalls LeBlanc. “The story is about a guy and a girl at the final poker table. The hot babe is making a pretty cute poker face at her opponent, and he thinks they have something special going on. He’s getting more and more interested in the girl, thus losing focus on the game.”
But for LeBlanc, All In highlights his new focus. “I’ve written numerous French songs, and most of them are based on fun ideas that I hope make people smile,” he says. “So, I wanted to try to do that in English.” For When It’s Right, It’s Right, his first all-original English album, he partnered with CCMA-winning producer and guitarist Jason Barry at his Barrytone Studios. The album features contributions from Nashville writers like Don Schlitz, Mike Reid and Dallas Davidson, along with members of Dean Brody’s touring band.
Since 2011, LeBlanc has been honoured by the Canadian Francophone Country Awards, Music NB Awards, the Josie Music Awards and more, winning CFCA Entertainer of the Year and Male Artist of the Year in 2018. Still, it was a leap of faith for him to record an all-English project. “I needed to step out of my comfort zone, and it turned out to be a truly gratifying experience,” he notes. “I’ll always love singing in French and cherish the support I get from my francophone audience but hearing one of my songs on the radio alongside the Canadian and American country artists I admire gives me so much joy.”