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.
Lutes’s masterful fingerstyle guitar work and soulful voice bring an unmistakable intensity to 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. He recently performed in France as part of Canada’s Vimy Ridge Commemoration Ceremony and contributed three songs as the sole
songwriter from New Brunswick for the Lunenburg Folk Festival’s Canada 150 album Songs of the Atlantic. Lutes has released six full-length albums, including 2009’s acclaimed Truth & Fiction 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 will release his much-anticipated seventh album Walk in the Dark in September 2017.
Co-produced by Rob Heaney, the album features a group of anada’s finest roots musicians, including longtime collaborator, guitarist Rob MacDonald. He performs solo, in duo with Quebec guitar legend Rob MacDonald, in full-band format and as part of the roots supergroup Sussex.
“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
“Widely acknowledged as a gifted songwriter.” – Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen
“For me, Rob Lutes was one of the highlights…. 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
“Great songs. I really like Rob’s style.” – Chris Smither
The Union Street welcomes, Rob Lutes (and Robert MacDonald) to our stage, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4th. Show starts at 8pm, doors at 6pm. *Tickets are NON-refundable*