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Ryan Langdon - 'Leave Me Right'

This is a taut, action-packed story-telling song debut that opens with blazing certainty and carries through to the last lick.

Ryan Langdon - 'Leave Me Right'

By David Farrell

Ryan Langdon – ‘Leave Me Right’ (Slaight Music). The Niagara Falls hat singer’s father played college football for the U of Tennessee and it left him exposed him to a lot of southern rock and country music that explains the blazing guitar riffs and Nashville-influenced vocal twang on this debut single.


It’s a story-telling song about a busted relationship with an unmistakable hook that hits at the 38-second mark, and a run time of 3:45 that doesn’t spare a second canoodling or dillydallying in its wake. In short, this is a taut, action-packed debut that opens with blazing certainty and carries through to the last lick.

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We’ve seen Langdon perform and he’s the real deal in a genre all too often typified by bursting bustiers, soft-pawed Bel Air cowboys and songbooks coyly tailored to capture achy-breaky hearts. Give him a barstool and an acoustic guitar and he can capture and hold a room with his commanding voice, natural charisma, brimming confidence and a presence that tells you he is anything but a product spun from some AI algorithm.

No word yet on when an EP is to be expected. “Parkside” Mike Renaud is stick-handling.

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The Billboard Canada FYI Bulletin: Beyoncé Country Hit A Win For Canadian Songwriters

Also in this week's roundup of industry news: Kayla Diamond launches her own boutique imprint, SOCAN names an ombudsman, and time's running out for noms for this year's Rosalie Award honouring trailblazing women in broadcasting.

Beyoncé becomes the first Black woman to top Billboard’s Country Songs chart with “Texas Hold ‘Em” and it has gone to No. 1 on iTunes in 14 different countries and counting. There are some surprising connections. The song is co-written and co-produced by Ontario-born writer/producer Nathan Ferraro, whose previous collaborations include working with Lady Gaga, Carly Rae Jepsen, Bear Mountain, RALPH, Shawn Hook, Alyssa Reid, Jessie Reyez, Lowell and Tyler Shaw.

In fact, the song has deep Canadian origins. Two other Canadian songwriters participated in this runaway hit: Megan Bülow (who records and performs as bülow) as and Elizabeth "Lowell" Boland (a.k.a. Lowell), with Ferraro co-producing the track with Killah B and Beyoncé.

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