Once you’ve heard Lutes in performance, you don’t forget it. The abundant and easy-flowing energy in his music matches his ease on-stage. You feel like you’re the only one in the room when he’s talking to you, whether it’s between songs or through his lyrics. Then there’s his masterful guitar picking too. You’re going to tell everyone who missed this show that they need to be a part of it with you next time around.
Accompanied by celebrated Quebec guitarist Rob McDonald, Lutes will be sharing songs from his seventh album, Walk in the Dark, plus fan favourites from his deep catalogue. A double Maple Blues Award nominee as Acoustic Act and Songwriter of the Year in 2017, Lutes will do what he has done for years: kick up a little dust, wade into some deep waters and tackle the realities of the world with depth, humour and a unique musical style. You’ll experience Lutes’ unmistakable voice and literary writing style, situated at the intersection of the blues, folk, Americana and contemporary singer-songwriter genres.
For his first appearance at the NAC, Lutes has invited fellow Montreal duo Sin and Swoon to open the show. Sin and Swoon are Ottawa valley native Michael James O’Brien and Antigonish, Nova Scotia’s Michelle Tompkins. They love George and Tammy, old time country music, and the harmony singing of the Louvin Brothers and the Delmore Brothers.
“The duo…write sinfully sweet old-timey tunes that make you swoon.” – Sarah Towle, Exclaim