Leeroy Stagger is a modern-day philosopher, bringing a message of love through his music to Invermere this Saturday.
Mr. Stagger has played at Panorama before, but this Saturday will be his first gig at Pynelogs. He is jumping off a Kootenay tour with Barney Bentall and the Cariboo Express to do the Invermere gig alongside guitarist Ryland Moranz.
He is on a tour with his latest and arguably greatest record to date, Love Against. With 9 solid albums strummed from his guitar, Mr. Stagger is a tried-and-true Canadian musician, with thoughtful lyrics, an easy progressive beat and a sound that carries the listener with audio imagery.
“I’ve written a lot of songs, and I think it’s my best material so far … It is definitely the most positive record I’ve ever made,” Mr. Stagger said in an interview with the Pioneer. “I’d come out of a pretty heavy fog with my last record and I’d come to grips with depression and anxiety. So this record is kind of a documentation of the way out of that for me.”
The Canadian music scene almost lost Mr. Stagger a few years ago when his son was born. While joy-filled at his son’s birth, he found his world turned upside down. He ended up walking away from music before realizing that music is what he is supposed to do.
“It was hard and it really messed me up. But it made me realize just how important this is, and to actually have a message- to make it count every time I go out. If I’m going to go away from my family, it’s got to be for a reason.”
Judging from the lyrics in some of his latest work, it sounds like Mr. Stagger has certainly come out of the fog.
From ‘I Want it All’, on Stagger’s latest album Love Against, he writes with wit and wisdom:
Drop a dollar on a song, maybe read a couple books
And get off of your telephone
There’s so much beauty in the people today
You’re never going to see it if you’re in the way
If a singer had something decent to say, well we might just make it through
With all your privilege You make the rules
But we won’t be trumped, don’t you play the fool
It’s a beautiful world we’re born into, So take it back again
I got a couple of kids, a beautiful wife. A few guitars, it’s a pretty good life
Out into the world with love and strife, I’ll smile and be happy
He has observed in touring over the last few years that while the world is in some peril right now, there are a lot of great things happening. In traveling through the United States, Mr. Stagger had an expectation of animosity and hatred. Instead, with relief, he found people are just trying to live in peace with one another.
“At the end of the day, human beings are human beings, and we all need love. That’s kind of what my message has been on this record and a lot of the new songs I’m writing.”
Leeroy Stagger plays Pynelogs on Saturday, November 11th at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25, and are available online at www.columbiavalleyarts.com.