‟Lutes is a fine roots/blues writer, one of those gems you find by chance as you're going through a town and he's going through a town and you just want a beer and he gives you the show of the year.” |
- Bob Mersereau, CBC.ca
''This weekend was a wonderful weekend for acoustic guitar at The Cove. Blues/Roots/gypsy-hybrid scientist, Rob Lutes masterfully displayed a gripping evening of solo song with his trademark breathy emotion and restrained yet virtuosic fingerpicking. It was quite a sound to hear and Westport definitely came out to enjoy.''
Seamus Cowan, The Cove Inn
Since the release of his first album Gravity in 2000, Rob Lutes has steadily built a collection of exquisite songs that inhabit the intersection of blues, folk, Americana, and the contemporary singer-songwriter genre. A masterful fingerstyle guitarist with a soulful voice, he is also known for the intensity of his live performances.
The New Brunswick-born, long-time Montreal resident is a former Kerrville New Folk and ISC award winner, and a Maple Blues, Canadian Folk Music Awards and Lys Blues nominee. In 2015, he was runner-up in the Toronto Blues Society’s Cobalt Prize, a national award for Contemporary Blues Composition.
Lutes has released six full-length albums, including 2009’s acclaimed Truth & Fiction, which earned him a CFMA nomination for Songwriter of the Year and 2013's The Bravest Birds which spent seven months in the Roots Music Report top 10 and hit #1 on the EuroAmericana Chart.
He performs solo, in duo with Quebec guitar legend Rob MacDonald, and in full-band format.
In early of 2016, as part of Sussex, he released Parade Day, a love-letter to the jazz and blues of the 20s and 30s featuring some of Canada's finest jazz and roots musicians. The record has been widely acclaimed by fans and critics alike, and hit #4 on the EuroAmericana Chart. Live, Sussex presents a spellbinding trip through the roots of western music. For more information on Sussex, visit www.sussexmusic.ca
“Rob Lutes will soon be counted amongst the ranks of the best in the industry. A rare talent that keeps getting better with each project released, one listen will prove he is more than a passing fancy; this guy is here to stay.”
- Matt Large, Montreal Folk Festival AD
“For me, Rob Lutes was one of the highlights of the 2012 Mariposa Folk Festival. His unique style, superb musicianship and his rapport with the audience came through loud and clear. A thorough professional, Rob deserves wide recognition as one of Canada's best musical assets. ”
- Mike Hill, AD, Mariposa Folk Festival
‟If anybody embodied the beauty and honesty of roots music, it's Rob Lutes.
- Maverick (UK)
“A world-class songwriter.
- Mike Regenstreif, Montreal Gazette
‟A great songwriter, a man with a great way with words and also a fantastic guitar picker!”
- Michael Jerome Browne
‟Widely recognized as a gifted songwriter.”
- Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen
‟shines with excellent musicianship and finely crafted songs. An artist to watch.”
- Richard Middleton, Sing Out!
"Great songs. I really like Rob's style."
- Chris Smither