In 2004 Paul Brandt released a ‘comeback’ album in Canada called This Time Around. One of the highlight tunes on the song was one of his self-written tunes called “Leavin’.” A Top 5 hit for Brandt in Canada, Blaine Larsen recently recorded the song to include on his upcoming Treehouse/Stroudavarious Records release. In many ways Larsen and Brandt are similar artists in that they have pliable baritone voices and like Brandt, Larsen’s never released anything remotely similar to “Leavin’” before releasing it as a single.
After scoring a string of Top 40 hits for Giantslayer/BNA Records, Blaine’s last single “Chillin’” was his first for Treehouse and while it didn’t get as far up the charts as it should have (as one of 2010’s best summertime singles), it did manage a Top 40 Billboard slot and that has helped to remind radio that Blaine Larsen’s not only recording songs but recording very good ones. By teaming up Treehouse with Stroudavarious, hopefully “Leavin’” will be Blaine’s real breakthrough at radio.
Similar in theme to Love and Theft’s “Runaway,” “Leavin’” is a song about a man who needs to get out of the town and situation he’s in and the way he’s gonna do it is by changing his luck. While the theme may not be all that new, the mood, melody and lyrics all help create the mindset people often get when they are restless about their situation. Add in one of 2010’s best vocal jobs and “Leavin’” certainly feels like a spectacular reminder of what a strong singer can do with very strong material.
If “Leavin’,” the most ‘rocking’ Blaine Larsen’s ever gotten, isn’t at least a Top 20 hit something is seriously wrong as this is one of the strongest singles of 2010 and it deserves to be heard by as many people as possible. Here’s hoping Blaine’s “getaway feeling” has people clamoring to hear “Leavin’” over and over again on the radio.