He'll sing your blues away

By Geoff Lee

April 12, 2018 9:36 AM

Montreal blues singer/songwriter Rob Lutes will be performing a home concert at Hal and Rhonda Burns’ house in Lloydminster on Friday, April 20 with doors open at 7 p.m. SUPPLIED PHOTO

Hal and Rhonda Burns are amped up to host their final home concert of the season with blues guitarist Rob Lutes from Montreal.
They’ve been playing his latest album Walk in the Dark over and over again in the build-up to his performance on April 20 at their house at 5732-51 Street in Lloydminster.
“We’re pretty excited about him,” said Hal.
“We’ve been listening to his most recent CD and it is really good, so we’re playing that quite a bit and we’re really looking forward to him showing up.”
Walk in the Dark was released in September 2017 and is his seventh album.
Lutes heads to Lloydminster having been nominated for two 2018 Maple Blues Awards as Acoustic Act and Songwriter of the Year.
“He says he really enjoys house concerts so we’re assuming he’s going to put on a really good show,” said Hal.
“He’s a really good guitar player, so I can’t wait to listen to him.”
Lutes is the final performer of the season at the Burns’ as part of the Home Routes series.
Home Routes is a non-profit arts organization based in Manitoba that creates performance opportunities for musicians hosted in homes across Canada from September to April.
In his introductory email to the Burns, Lutes says he loves house concerts and has done many of them.
He describes himself as a singer-songwriter in the roots-blues-folk-Americana-Canadiana tradition.
“If hyphens are your thing, I’m your man,” he said.
Lutes says he will show up at the Burns’ with a guitar and a banjo and a “real nice” Bose sound system.
“Our room isn’t really big, but it’s always nice to have a good sound system too, so that will be different,” said Hal.
“We’ve had other people bring sound systems and it just adds to the enjoyment.”
To reserve a spot call 780-872-1079 or 639-536-0955 or email rhonda64burns@gmail.com in advance.
The doors open at 7 p.m for what will be a rare weekend home concert.
“It is on Friday so nobody has to worry about getting up the next morning for work,” said Hal.
Hal added the last two home concerts drew 20 people but they can accommodate a few more to hear Lutes.
Since the release of his first album Gravity in 2000, Lutes has steadily built a collection of songs that inhabit the intersection of blues, folk, Americana, and the contemporary singer-songwriter genre.
Critics say his masterful finger-style guitar work and soulful voice bring an unmistakable intensity to his live performances.
“This guy is a really high-quality performer so we’re hoping we see another really good crowd come out,”  said Hal.
He said the concert audience seems to be growing and catching on.
The Burns’ have already signed up with Home Routes to host another round of concerts starting with a fall series in September.

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