Luke LeBlanc’s ‘Only Human’ In Stores Now

Singer-songwriters are worth their weight in gold when you, the listener, feel as though they are in your living room playing just for you. That’s the indelible mark of Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter Luke LeBlanc. LeBlanc will release his third full-length album, Only Human, July 9, 2021. Only Human, one of those instantly memorable records with a warm, loose, and comfortable vibe, is poised to cement LeBlanc as a new singer-songwriter to watch.

Only Human offers a melodic, charming mixture of heart-on-the-sleeve folk, jangly pop, and back porch roots music. LeBlanc, 25, crafts 10 tunes brimming with lived-in appeal. He recorded Only Human at Real Phonic Studio in Cleveland, Minnesota from November 2019 through March 2020, with some additional recording after the country went into lockdown because of the pandemic. Produced and engineered by Erik Koskinen, who also plays electric guitar, bass, and pedal steel guitar, Only Human also features John Cleve Richardson on piano, organ, bass, and backing vocals; Kerri Joy on violin and backing vocals; and Erin Bekkers on drums.

Only Human is a snapshot of LeBlanc’s artistic evolution so far. The album springboards from the promise of his first two full length efforts – 2010’s First Rail and 2013’s New Orleans Bound, both released under his then stage name Little Diamonds – and his 2018 EP, Time on My Hands. Only Human gives us a peek into the vast sonic possibilities of a burgeoning singer-songwriter.