Welcome back. Rob has been performing periodically but has been on hiatus working on a side project entitled Sussex. Co-founded with his old friend, the percussionist/vibraphonist MIchael Emenau, Sussex is a collective of top Montreal players doing original music in the style of the blues and jazz of the 1920s. The majority of the band's debut album was recorded a week ago in Montreal. Along with Michael and Rob, the band features Josh Zubot on violin, Benoit Charest on guitar, Sage Reynolds on bass and Ivanhoe Jolicoeur on trumpet. Sussex debut album will be released in winter 2015. For more info, visit the Sussex homepage.
Rob has a few upcoming shows in the Montreal region before Christmas. Check the tour page for more information. Happy Holidays.
GET ROB'S LATEST, THE BRAVEST BIRDS on iTunes or buy digital downloads or the CD right here:
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."
Alyssa Wright - http://alyssawright.com/news.html
***** (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