Sherbrooke native Mike Goudreau used his last album to provide us with a selection of the blues songs he wrote for various TV & movie soundtracks. The tour through the archives led him to revisit his roots. Rather than re-issuing anything he decided to write new songs in the styles he grew up with and to do so in an acoustic setting, something he had not done before. With light drums, acoustic bass, guitars, accordion and harmonica, he covers blues, gospel, country, Americana and even Manouche Jazz. The 12-bar “What Did I Say” features Pascal “Per” Veillette in harmonica. He doesn’t know why she left. The same lineup and a toe-tapping “She Talks Too Much” à la John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson is a treat. A little Piedmont blues graces “I’ve Gotten Used to You”. A little slower in tempo is the excellent “The Blues is Killing Me” – he pleads guilty to hurting her and begs for a pardon. “Come Home Baby” adds a tenor sax to the band for an exciting finish to the program which actually runs to fourteen songs. The blues highlighted here are just a sample of this attractive acoustic session. You’ll be quite satisfied with the whole set I’m sure. His web site, www.mikegoudreau.com, shows lots of upcoming dates but all of them are in Quebec.

May 2019 - Holly Hyatt
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