SONG PREMIERE: Jon LaDeau (The National Reserve) Hits Nostalgic Sweet Spot Via “Younger Days”

Jon LaDeau is a guitarist, songwriter, and singer based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Over the past 12 years, he has toured internationally in support of four solo albums, shared festival bills with Jeff Tweedy, Emmylou Harris, Sturgill Simpson, and Commander Cody and has toured nationally as a sideman with Kelli Scarr, April Smith and The Great Picture Show, and others. Since 2014 Jon has also found a home as a member of The National Reserve. Voted Pennsylvania’s #1 New York Band in 2019, The National Reserve has had the good grace to perform regularly by growing a devoted fan base and sharing the stage with artists like Tedeschi Trucks Band, John Moreland, Brent Cobb, Amy Helm, Margo Price, Daddy Long Legs and many others.

Glide is premiering the twangy salt of the earth single “Younger Days” (below) that hits home with its thick bleeding guitar work reminiscent of blues mainstays. LaDeau has a knack for hitting the sweet spot with a punctuating sound built on melody and narrative commentary. The economic sounds of Todd Snider & Hayes Carll sneak up on LaDeau’s presentation, earning him legit nods in both the Americana and Folk realms.

Reflecting on his musical journey”Younger Days” waxes nostalgic about the good old days, while not necessarily wanting to revisit them. It’s a collaboration between bassist Justin Kimmel (Antibalas, Armo, Toubab Krewe), drummer Sam Merrick (Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones), and guitarist Chris Parker (Christina Courtin, The Burnt Ends).

“I was at my childhood home for a visit and came across a box set of the Stax catalog someone had given me,” Jon says when asked how the song came together. “I wanted to capture the sound and feel of those recordings—a live performance of the band in a room together with minimal overdubs and edits. Sam invited me over to his and Justin’s studio and we just hit record.”

Photo Credit: Alyssa Kriner

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