LATEST NEWSCobalt Prize Showcase at Hugh's RoomLooking forward to the Cobalt Prize showcase at Hugh's Room in Toronto next Monday, March 30. Sharing the bill with founder Paul Reddick, winners Digging Roots and the other runner-up Samantha Martin. Should be a great night of music. More info here!
Cobalt Prize Showcase
Montreal Blues Society Photo Gallery
Andie Maranda, formerly of canadianblues.ca is in Montreal and working with the Montreal Blues Society! She came by Rob MacDonald and my show last night and took a bunch of photos. You can see them, and check out the new Montreal Blues Society website here:
Blues Montreal photo gallery Rob Lutes & Rob MacDonald
I was recently asked by my friend, filmmaker G. Scott MacLeod, to record a version of Un Canadien Errant for the final credits of his upcoming animated film The French-Canadian. The song was written
in 1842 by Antoine Gérin-Lajoie after the Lower Canada Rebellion of 1837–38. I called my old friend Josephine von Soukonnov, who sang such amazing vocals on my last two records, LIVE and The Bravest Birds. We got together at her place and cut this in a few hours in her home studio (which she runs with Dmitri von Soukonnov, her partner in life and in the great group KINZAZA).
I played the acoustic guitar and sang the lead and some harmonies. Josephine and Dmitri did the rest. I really like the result. It will feature in Scott's upcoming film and in a compilation of his four beautiful animated films on Canadian history, The Water of LIfe. Check out The Water of LIfe project here: www.thewateroflife.ca
And you can check out our version of Un Canadien Errant right here: Un Canadien ErrantFrom the Vaults
Just found this little recording (linked to below) from 2006. The Rob Lutes Band at the time was Rob MacDonald on guitar, Tony Cuco on bass and RD Harris on drums. We played for a number of years and all these guys were integral parts of the first three records! This recording reminds me of the joy of playing in that band. This was recorded in Oren Weber's basement studio... Oren was a friend and neighbor and that's also where most of the Middle Ground record was mixed (and some of the overdubs played).
Anyway, we recorded this and a few other blues classics because we wanted to get a gig at the Montreal Jazz Fest on the big blues stage. It worked and we did at stage that year as a five piece with Bob Stagg in the mix as well. This song became a staple in the live show. No monitors so the singing is a little pitchy, but I kind of dig that now. Rob MacDonald mixed this... came out real nice like his stuff always does.
Come on in My Kitchen - Live off the floor
As My Heart Will Allow Gets Runner-up in Cobalt Songwriting Prize
Rob is really honoured to have had his song As My Heart Will Allow given a runner-up award in the Cobalt Prize for Contemporary Blues Composition (announced at the Maple Blues Awards in Toronto on Monday, January 19. Big thanks to Paul Reddick and the Toronto Blues Society for creating this award that looks at songs that push at the borders of the blues and congrats to the winners, Raven and ShoShana of Digging Roots and the other runner up Samantha Martin!
You can check out the song here:https://soundcloud.com/rob-lutes/as-my-heart-will-allow
Or purchase here
. Outtakes are back!
The Outtakes page is back up on the site, with some little live gems and unpublished songs from over the years. We will be adding to this from time to time. Check it out here.
New Project - Sussex
Welcome back. Rob 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 in late November 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 ready in spring 2015. For more info and to hear some very early duo demos of Rob and Michael, visit the Sussex homepage. GET ROB'S LATEST, THE BRAVEST BIRDS on iTunes or buy digital downloads or the CD right here:
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.
For information on the CD, including song lyrics and purchase info, visit http://www.roblutes.com/fr_ bravestbirds.cfm
“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
"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
"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
"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
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