PHILADELPHIA, PA – January 4, 2016 – WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and non-commercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, named Dylan LeBlanc as its January Artist To Watch. WXPN Music Director and Host Dan Reed presented the first of the month’s on-air segments today, January 4, in the 4 p.m. hour.
Dylan LeBlanc is a singer-songwriter whose soulful, bluesy voice and guitar style resonates with the sights and sounds of his musical youth. He learned a lot of his craft watching his father work at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals. His father, James LeBlanc, is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist whose songs have been recorded by Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Gary Allan, Jason Aldean, Martina McBride, Travis Tritt and many others. Dylan LeBlanc released his debut album, Paupers Field, in 2010 when he was 19, and his second album, Cast the Same Old Shadow, was released in 2012. Following his second release LeBlanc played with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, The Drive By Truckers, First Aid Kit, and Alabama Shakes. LeBlanc’s third album, Cautionary Tale, was produced by Alabama Shakes’ Ben Tanner and Paul White (formerly of The Civil Wars) and will release on January 15. XPN Welcomes Dylan Leblanc to World Cafe Live on Tuesday, February 2.
“There’s some deep soul and bluesy emotion in LeBlanc’s Americana infused songs,” said Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming. “He sounds wise beyond his actual age, and brings to the table excellent songwriting that’s unique enough to distinguish him from so many Americana- influenced artists of our modern time working on the same turf."
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Since 2003, the XPN Artists To Watch series has been a reflection of WXPN’s commitment to nurturing fresh, new talent and exposing listeners to the best new music. Each month, the XPN Artists To Watch series spotlights a different up-and-coming performer who has produced an album or body of work that demonstrates outstanding vision, creativity and songwriting ability. Month-long on-air promotion is combined with online features to help audiences discover each artist.
WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio’s most popular program of popular music, hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN also produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.