Rob Lutes - The Bravest Birds (2013)
NEW CD :
Montréal, January 2013 –. Recognized for his superb songwriting and uncommon melodic sense, singer-songwriter Rob Lutes releases The Bravest Birds on January 29, a sixth album that will please the converted and seduce the non-initiated. Lutes will take to the road this winter with shows in Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes before several festivals this summer.
The Bravest Birds is an exquisite collection of songs that inhabits the intersection of blues, folk, Americana, and the contemporary singer-songwriter genre, a musical universe well-suited to Lutes’ unmistakable voice. He also displays his extraordinary musical chops on the blazing instrumental, “Turning Point.”
The album features a group of Montreal's finest musicians including longtime collaborator Rob MacDonald, Rob Fahie (Nikki Yanofsky), Mark Nelson (Ian Kelly), Denis Ducharme, Dale Boyle, Josh Zubot, Fred Bouchard and Josephine von Soukonnov.
Since his first release, Gravity, in 2000, Rob Lutes has been steadily building a collection of moving meditations on life and love. A long-time Montreal resident who originally hails from the town of Rothesay, New Brunswick, Lutes has built a solid reputation thanks to his impassioned live performances and the superb quality of his songs. He is a former Kerrville and ISC winner and a Maple Blues, CFMA and Lys Blues nominee.
Lutes’ previous studio release, 2009’s widely acclaimed Truth & Fictionspent three months in the EuroAmericana Top 10. His 2011 album, Rob Lutes & Rob MacDonald – LIVE received stellar reviews and spent more than a year on the Roots Music Report Top 40.
Early Reviews of The Bravest Birds:
“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
"Great songs, fantastic vocals, super playing and excellent production. What the hell else do you want from a record?!" Rick Haworth, Legendary Quebec Guitarist, Producer (Daniel Belanger, Michel Rivard)
"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
Rob Lutes & Rob MacDonald - LIVE (2011)
NEW CD :
The new CD was recorded on a cold, snowy Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the very intimate “Le Red Room” in Glenn Sutton, about an hour and a half from Montreal.
|Rob MacDonald and I started playing together in the fall of 1996 when we did a series of launch shows for a blues compilation CD we were both on.
Since then, we’ve toured Canada, the US and Europe, performing hundreds of shows in theatres, bars, festivals, coffee houses and pretty much everything in between. Rob has also played on all four of my studio releases.
Over the years, many people have told me that Rob and I have a special kind of musical connection on stage, and they’ve encouraged us to release a live album. Well, to all of you, here it is.
The new CD was recorded on a cold, snowy Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the very intimate “Le Red Room” in Glenn Sutton, about an hour and a half from Montreal. Rob and I think it captures some of the magic we’ve experienced on the stage these past 15 years.
Uncle Ronnie's Year End Review
Reviews of LIVE
Eric Thom, Roots Music Canada
Bob Mersereau, CBC
Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes (US)
Yves Bernard, Le Devoir (Montreal)
John Valenteyn, Toronto Blues Society
Mike Regenstreif, Folk Roots/Folk Branches (Ottawa)
Paul Kerr, Blabber n’ Smoke
John Davy, Flyin Shoes
American Roots UK, 4****
Real Roots Café
Mike Sadava, Penguin Eggs
Rob Lutes and Rob Macdonald, Live, Independent
In a past life Rob Lutes wrote renovation books for Home Depot, but now that eye for drywall and kitchen cabinets has shifted to songwriting. That’s a good thing for Canadian roots music, although home handymen might miss his advice.
This live album with frequent collaborator Rob MacDonald on resophonic guitar was recorded on a cold January day in the town of Glenn Sutton near Montreal. It’ll make you wish you were in that little club, but it’s the next best thing to being there.
Delivered with his gravelly voice and percussive guitar fingerpicking, Lutes’ music is rooted in the blues, without staying in the box. The former writer/editor is literate in his songwriting, delivering plenty of zingers like “Unwrap each sour memory and throw away the peel.” Lutes acknowledges his roots with worthy interpretations of a few well-chosen covers, including my favourite Bee Gees song, To Love Somebody.
MacDonald’s playing is a perfect foil for Lutes. It’s always tasteful and restrained, but he shows he can rip off a mean solo in a rousing version of Ain’t Nobody’s Business.
With work like this, Lutes should be getting a warm reception on “this cold Canadian road,” to quote the man himself.