Very excited to kick off our 2017-2018 season with an album launch! Join us September 29th for an amazing show!
On his seventh album, acclaimed Canadian songwriter Rob Lutes does what he has done for years: kicks up a little dust, wades into some deep waters and tackles the realities of the world with depth, humour and a unique musical style.
Situated at the intersection of the blues, folk, Americana and contemporary singer-songwriter genres, Walk in the Dark is an exquisite collection of songs that highlight Lutes’s unmistakable voice and literary writing style. Co-produced with celebrated Montreal producer and Cirque de Soleil collaborator Rob Heaney, the album features a group of Canada’s finest roots and blues players, including guitarist Rob MacDonald and keyboardist Bob Stagg along with noted artists Ian Kelly, Guy Bélanger and Joe Grass. It finds Lutes, a Kerrville New Folk winner, Maple Blues and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee, exploring a wide range of subjects and paying homage to some heroes: James Cotton (on There’s No Way to Tell You That Tonight) and guitarist Joseph Spence (on the instrumental Spence).
Recorded mainly over three days in late January in a small studio in Montreal’s Notre Dame de Grace borough, the recording captures the essence of Lutes’s soulful voice and rhythmic guitar style, enveloped by a group of players who are no stranger to his groove. Featuring 12 new originals, including two co-writes with award-winning Americana songwriter Dale Boyle, and the forgotten John Prine gem Rocky Mountain Time, the album digs deep into the roots of Canadian and American music and delivers another strong statement. “This album, of all of them, was a journey into the unknown, which is why I like the title so much,” Lutes says. “With a great co-producer, and a group of phenomenal players and friends, I went in to the studio to find these songs. And I really feel like we did that.”
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Listen to a preview of his latest album Walk in the Dark on Soundcloud
Kim Adams and the House Cats
Kim Adams – vocals
Ted Phillips – keyboards and vocals
Bernie Yeo – guitar
Dan Rossiter – bass and backing vocals
Jeremiah Mitchell – drums
Vickie Mortensen – backing vocals
Montreal’s best-kept secret, Kim Adams and the House Cats specialize in blues, sprinkled with jazz, swing and soul. A Tennessee native, Kim was weaned on country, southern gospel and Appalachian music, before surrendering to the blues! Ted Phillips brings his jazz A-game to the band. Bassist Dan Rossiter, guitarist Bernie Yeo, and drummer Jeremiah Mitchell round out the House Cats with noteworthy talent, while Vickie Mortensen adds her sweet harmonies to the satisfying mix. Whether it’s the powerhouse vocals, the eclectic repertoire, or the hard-hitting blues riffs, you’ll be captivated with this band’s professional and engaging presence.
Check out their CD – Cover Stories – which was released in November 2016.
Kim Adams and the House Cats
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Doors open 7:30 PM. Show Starts at 8:00 PM
Tickets $10 at the door.
24 Maple Ave.
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