Singer-songwriter Phillip Le Ross, who was born and raised in Terrace but now lives on Vancouver Island, has just released a new song called “Headed Out West” based on an interview with his grandmother Theresa Le Ross (nee Desjardins) and her sister Anna in the 1970s. As he explains:
“They recounted stories from their childhood when their family relocated from Aubigny, Manitoba to Terrace in 1921. Their parents were Odelide and John Desjardins. One of the first places they lived was in a cabin built by Tom Thornhill. One of Theresa’s sons, Pierre Le Ross, is my father and he and my mother Barb Le Ross still call Terrace home. The song ends on an outro featuring excerpts from the original interview recording.”
Featured in the song is Victoria-based Mike Regimbal on additional guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, violin, dobro, and drums. Le Ross’s daughter Aylah, 13, plays additional violin. During the interview excerpts, that’s her playing in the background with Phillip accompanying on piano. Le Ross’s uncle Charles joined them to record additional background vocals, making this a multi-generational endeavor. You can hear the song below.