This Montreal-based vocalist/songwriter/ harpist was first runnerup in our Talent Search in 2006 and showcased at the Blues Summit the following year. He released Sweet Warm Jelly in 2013. He continues the food theme with Big Beets. Guitarist Jim Bland opens the program in fine fashion with a reverb-laden solo before the band kicks in on “St. John Morning Blues”. Goyette’s whiskey-soaked voice conveys this morning after tale far away from home quite remarkably. Chris Tauchner, on piano here, adds a great deal, as does the intimate recorded sound. Jarrod Atkinson is on bass & Louis-Etienne Drouin, drums. Goyette’s raspy voice takes a little getting used to, sort of like Screaming Jay Hawkins or Captain Beefheart. “Night Out” is also on a common theme but well written & sung. “Mirza” is the one song in French and a cover, by Nino Ferrer, but here it is a straight-ahead blues, with some fine harp work. That stylized vocal continues for “Rolling”, an otherwise very good song about a rambling life. When he feels rushed he likes to sit back with a “Bottle of Champagne (And A Seafood Platter)” – an attractive, funky tune. “That’s The Way She Does It” has an attractive melody & groove – a jazzy song about love from a distance with nice harp & electric piano. “No More Room” seems to be about information overload, an almost tempoless blues. There are a couple of jazzier tunes, “As Long As We’re In Town” & “Free Love”. He concludes with “Unwind”, an ambitious & lengthy slow blues – a plea for love with a chorus singing harmony and more harmonica than he’s played so far. His web site is www. martingoyette.com and it shows he doesn’t leave Quebec often but he did take part in the Hommage à Bob Walsh in Québec at Festival d’Été de Québec on July 16.

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