From James LeBlanc
James LeBlanc is hardly a "new" artist, but his latest turn as an on-his-own singer is very much a new chapter. The 46-year-old from Louisiana, who's been based in the Muscle Shoals area for a decade and a half, has sold more than 25 million records throughout his career as a songwriter. "Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde," his most famous, was a hit for Travis Tritt, and Jason Aldean, Gary Allan, Rascal Flatts and Martina McBride have all turned his other compositions into hits. But LeBlanc's itch to record hasn't gone away, and last year he and producer Jimmy Nutt, hot off a Grammy win with the SteelDrivers, cut Nature of the Beast, an album of LeBlanc's favorite unreleased songs, with the help of partner Angela Hacker, son Dylan and legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section bassist David Hood.