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:
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The Outtakes page is back up on the site, with some little live gems and unpublished songs from over the years.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:
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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 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 ..."
Greg Quill

"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"
No Depression

“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 -

"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

The Bravest Birds - Rob Lutes


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