The Paul Deslauriers Band
Montreal blues-rock trio The Paul Deslauriers Band bring a fresh approach to a classic style. People are taking notice too, and the band won two Maple Blues Awards earlier this year, including Guitarist of the Year for mainman Deslauriers (formerly of Black Cat Bone). Furthering the cause is this strong self-titled album, one featuring guest appearances from Can blues stars Steve Strongman and Steve Marriner. Covers of classics by Robert Johnson and Buddy Holly (an epic version of "Not Fade Away") sit easily alongside accomplished originals. PDB launched the disc at Montreal's Bistro a Jojo this week. For more gigs, go here.