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First Play Live: Lisa LeBlanc, Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?

Ron Skinner

Lisa LeBlanc is a powerhouse who seems to approach everything in life with a full-on, go-for-the-throat, take-no-prisoners attitude. It's evident in her songwriting as well as her banjo playing, and was on display when she arrived at CBC Music for her First Play Live session.

This five-song session features four rockers that include LeBlanc's banjo-heavy version of Motörhead's "Ace of Spades," which sits well right beside LeBlanc's own songs, "I Love You, I Don't Love You, I Don't Know," "Could You Wait 'Till I've Had My Coffee" and "You Look Like Trouble (But I Guess I Do Too)." To get insight into LeBlanc's songwriting style, you don't have to look too deep — those titles alone tell the story. And when LeBlanc calms things down with a solo acoustic song, don't expect a typical love song; "5748 KM" is a long-distance relationship lament like no other.

Check out LeBlanc in her First Play Live session, celebrating the release of Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?, below.