Calgary Bluesfest (2011)
Blending old school rhythm and blues grooves with a songwriting ethic that comes from years of playing folk music, singer/songwriter Treasa Levasseur's smart, sexy, sassy and soulful brand of music has made her a hot name in her native Canada. Now, with her critically acclaimed album Low Fidelity, a 2010 JUNO nominee for Blues Album of the Year, set for U.S. release on August 17 and several U.S. tour stops on the summer schedule, Levasseur is on the verge of hooking a whole new throng of fans.
"Low Fidelity surprised me," Levasseur admits. "I made a record that I wanted to listen to, with a sound that pleased my own ear, and it turns out that a lot of other people like the same sound I do." Indeed, with its throwback blend of blues, jazz and gospel, Low Fidelity, Levasseurís follow-up to her 2006 debut Not a Straight Line, has been attracting an endless stream of praise from Canadian fans and critics alike for the past two years. "This is music that seeps into your soul," writes David McPherson of Exclaim Magazine, "with lines that linger long and donít let go until the last note is sung. Leveraging the muscle of Muscle Shoals, the mojo of Motown and the blues from Chicago, Low Fidelity is Levasseurís coming-out party."
With her distinctively sultry voice backed by the likes of producer David Baxter on guitar and Paul Reddick on harmonica and electric harp, the singer/songwriter is ready to take her music stateside. "I am so excited to release this record in the States," says Levasseur, who is set to perform at the Philly Folk Fest on August 22 while also playing shows in Illinois, New York and New Jersey. "If you're into soul music, there's no other place on Earth like America for getting your hands deep into it, getting a hold of its roots."
The self-described intense, curious and quirky Levasseur, who wrote the song "Stuck in Soulsville" about Memphis, recorded an EP in Memphis' Royal Studios in May of 2010. "Audiences in America really seem to get what I'm doing, and reflect it in a beautiful way that makes sense to me," she says. "I may have been born in Winnipeg and raised in Northern Ontario, but there's as much Memphis, Jersey or Philly in me as Toronto."