January 4, 2014
This cold snap had me thinking back to cold weather stories of the past, and one particular Christmas season, when I wrote the tune Cold Canadian Road. Then, I remembered that Martin, a friend in Hengelo, The Netherlands, had made a video of the song from our show there. Here it is, in celebration of the -30 degree temperatures we've had over this holiday season.
Happy New Year to all the visitors to roblutes.com. I wish you peace and happiness in all facets of your lives!
Cold Canadian Road - Rob Lutes with Rob MacDonald at the Cafe Cactus in Hengelo, The Netherlands
November 30, 2013
It's been a month since Rob MacDonald and I returned from three-weeks in Europe. Below are a couple videos taken on the tour... the first in Amen and the second in Bakkeveen, both in northern Netherlands.
Wishing you all a Happy Holiday season!
"The Tree" Live at the Cafe d'Amer, Amen, the Netherlands
"Things We Didn't Choose" live at The Slotplaats, Bakkeveen, the Netherlands
If the Blues Don't Shake You, Woody Point
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A Photo Gallery from the Montreal Launch of The Bravest Birds is up on the Photos and Video page.
THE BRAVEST BIRDS, the highly anticipated sixth full length CD from Rob Lutes, was released on January 31 with a launch at Montreal's La Sala Rossa. The CD is currently #1 on the EuroAmericana Chart, #6 on the Roots Music Report (Canada) and #13 on the FAR Chart.
Rob and his longtime guitarist Rob MacDonald are embarking on a short tour of the Maritimes for shows between February 26 and March 3. Visit the tour page for more information.
For information on the CD, including song lyrics and purchase info, visit http://www.roblutes.com/fr_ bravestbirds.cfm
Two new videos below: "Still Dark" from Director Michael Wees, and an 8-mm collage video for "Things We Didn't Choose" by Nisha Platzer.
“I love The Bravest Birds even more than 2008’s Truth and Fiction, which I consider to be one of the top ten folk/roots albums of the last decade.” Julie Miller, CFLX
"Jeez, I love this album ... a keeper and a classic ... brilliant songs, great arrangements, a killer band. The past and the present all at once. I never get tire of listening to it. In another era it would already be a monster ..."
"A man who has a back catalogue of consistent excellence but this tremendous new album of rootsy, bluesiness with more than a few hints of country could well turn out to be his best yet!"
American Roots UK
"Lutes – a dependable songwriter with undeniable gifts – has assembled another collection of well-crafted tracks to keep the motor purring."
Bernie Perusse, Montreal Gazette
"A full dose of thoughtful songwriting and prime quality musicianship. 9/10"
“With his sixth CD, Rob Lutes confirms his place among the most important songwriters of his generation.” Four stars.
La Presse, Montreal
"An incredibly strong mid-career set of songs. I've always been a fan of his mature writing and exceptional voice, but this record is a new triumph." Matt Large, Hello Darlin Productions
"Tears, laughter, dragons. He digs deep, and it's a thing of beauty. I'm not just enjoying listening to it, I'm being inspired -- for me, the best songwriters make me want to write my own. I don't know why, but as someone trapped in a dry patch, I think I'll be listening to a lot more of this CD."
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***** (five stars)
"Bullseye for the sixth time. You could call him a rootsy singer songwriter but his albums have a richer and fuller sound than this term might suggest. His strongest ace is his husky, warm voice, with which he sometimes almost whispers but which also has a lot of power."
Kees van Wee, Heaven Pop Magazine