Rob Lutes review…October 11, 2017….

ROB LUTES

WALK IN THE DARK

LUCKY BEAR RECORDS   MMMG 9550

A LITTLE ROOM–THERE’S NO WAY TO TELL YOU THAT TONIGHT–PUMPING LOVE–I AM THE BLUES–WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD–WALK IN THE DARK–SPENCE–ROCKY MOUNTAIN TIME–BIGGER–RABBIT–HARDEST THING OF ALL–BELIEVE IN SOMETHING–BETTER PAST

Rob Lutes is a brilliant, soulful Canadian singer-songwriter whose material resides at, one might say, another mythical Crossroads–this one where the blues intersects with folk, Americana, and the music of the greats such as Dylan and Rod McKuen.  An acclaimed finger-style picker with a burnished vocal delivery, he has just released his seventh album,  this one entitled “Walk In The Dark.”  On this set, Rob is on vocals and acoustic guitars, with another noted Canadian player, Rob McDonald, on electric, acoustic, and Resophonic guitars.

Throughout, he looks at love and life, and its highs and lows, through the eyes and ears of a traveling troubadour.  He also pays tribute to some of his heroes along the way, too.  Opening the set is the story of a man in recovery, who was “only starting to find A Little Room,” with “too many things I’d like to erase.”  His tribute to James Cotton is “There’s No Way To Tell You That Tonight,” and features harp from Guy Belanger, while an ode to Bahamian folk artist Joseph Spence is the lightning-fast instrumental, “Spence.”

We had two favorites, too.  Guy”s harp and Bob Staggs’ keys work adds to the sprightly ambience of the Hot Club guitar licks of “Believe In Something,” while he pays a fine tribute to one of the most endearing writers of our generation, John Prine, with the waltz groove of “Rocky Mountain Time,” where  “it’s only the thirsty who hunger to roam.”

Rob Lutes continues to show why he is one of the most compelling storytellers on the blues-roots scene.  His philosophical forays are out now for the world to enjoy, for, “after all, isn’t life really just a Walk In The Dark?”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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