18-year-old songwriter Connor Leimer is visiting colleges and dorms this fall, but not for the usual reasons. He’s not planning to pursue a degree program nor will he revel in the bliss of no possible adult intervention that every freshman year is. He’s launching his music career. Inspired by bands like Dispatch, Conor booked the entire tour himself and he’s self-releasing his first full-length album Postcard on October 2.
Photo: Tim Duggan
Dorm Room Tour Dates
09/25 – Nashville, TN – Belmont University
09/26 – Chapel Hill, NC – UNC at Chapel Hill
09/27 – Greensboro, NC – Guilford College
09/29- Washington, DC – Georgetown University
10/01 – New York, NY w/ Del Water Gap – NYU
10/04 – Boston, MA -Berklee College of Music
10/05 – Boston, MA – Boston College
10/08 – Pittsburgh, PA – University of Pittsburgh
10/09 – Springfield, OH – Wittenberg University
10/10 – Bloomington, IN – Indiana University
10/11 – Chicago, IL – Loyola University
10/14 – St. Louis, MO – St. Louis University
10/15 – Fayetteville, AR – University of Arkansas
10/16 – Lawrence, KS – University of Kansas
While the rest of his high school classmates crammed for exams to get into college last year, Connor spent his senior year putting the finishing touches on Postcard.
Leimer grew up in a small suburb just south of Kansas City. For years, he wrote most of his songs in his bedroom – first with The Telephone Takes — a live, acoustic album that Leimer recorded on his iPhone 4 and released as a freshman. That was before attending a summer workshop called the Grammy Project in 2013. There, he met a number of musicians who, like Leimer, were young and eager to leave their mark.
Months later, when he began recording Postcard at the Weights & Measures Soundlab studio in Kansas City, many of those new friends joined him. Jason Moss, NYC-based on-the-rise mixing engineer lent his help. Local singer Gracie Schram (and Charlie Peacock protege) duets with Conor on “Keep Knocking.” 21-year-old producer Max Griffith, banjo player Fritz Hutchison (of the Kansas City band She’s A Keeper) and a three-piece horn section of UMKC Music Conservatory graduates, all participated in making Postcard.
Even so, Leimer wrote the songs from a personal place, reaching into his high school experience for a tracklist that veers between love songs, acoustic numbers, groove-based pop tunes and poignant tributes to home.
“This record represents a big chunk of my high school years,” he explains. “It’s everything that you face while growing up. All my friends came together and played on it, or helped me with artwork, or helped out with production. It’s just a bunch of friends helping each other out.”
It’s also a peek into the diverse music collection of Leimer, who name checks artists like Jake Bugg, Jens Lekman and Van Morrison as influences on his own writing.
“Postcard is very diverse,” he adds. “There’s reggae. There’s singer-songwriter stuff. There’s a folk song with fingerpicked guitar. There’s acoustic pop too, and alternative music. I’m a songwriter, so I try to write in different styles frequently and I just focus on the song itself, and let it take me wherever it needs to go.”
Connor Leimer is going places. Postcard is just a souvenir from the first stop along the way.
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