The Paul DesLauriers Band review…September 7, 2019….

THE PAUL DESLAURIERS BAND

BOUNCE

VIZZTONE RECORDS/BROS  VT-BROS 11901

HERE WE GO–ITS ALL ON YOU–LET ME GO DOWN IN FLAMES–TAKE ME TO THE BRINK–HAPPY WASTING TIME WITH YOU–DRIVING ME INSANE–JUMPIN AT SHADOWS–WORKING MY WAY BACK HOME–PICKED A BAD DAY (FEATURING JP SOARS)–WHEN THE DARKNESS COMES–FEELING ALL KINDS OF GOOD–LOOSY GOOSY JAM #769–WAITING ON YOU

The Paul DesLauriers Band hail from Montreal, and features Paul on guitars and vocals, Sam Harrison on drums, and Alec McElcheran on bass.  These guys are no strangers to the limelight, having won a Canadian Maple Blues Award for Electric Act Of The Year, and took second place down in Memphis at the 2016 IBC’s.  They have just released their latest for Vizztone, entitled “Bounce.”  It is twelve originals and one sweet cover, with a fun collabo with another of our favorite bluesmen, JP Soars.

If you are a fan of guitar-heavy, power trio blues and blues-rock, you are gonna LOVE “Bounce.”  The album is full of highlights.  Paul fires up the slide guitar on the story of a man who was always aloof to love, until his latest, who “pushes all my buttons, baby,” “Let Me Go Down In Flames.”  The pace picks up with the blistering blues story of a man who was always in a hurry, but, now, is “Happy Wasting Time With You!”  Snarling guitars are the order of the day on a strong duet with JP Soars, as our hero is having nothin but bad luck, and, sho’ nuff, “Picked A Bad Day to stop drinking!”  There’s a great tribute to Peter Green-era Mac with “Jumpin’ At Shadows,” and even a splash of Sun with the rockabilly-flavored, “Feeling All Kinds Of Good!”

The set closed with our favorite.  A slow-blues jam and vocal is how “Waiting For You,” begins, as our hero is “drowning in my own dreams,” and the vocal ends after about four minutes.  Over the next six minutes, we are treated to what Paul DesLauriers is all about.  With one incredible solo on top of another, each one more dazzling than its predecessor, he channels his inner Clapton, Townshend, and a myriad of other influences in this example of blues-rock bliss!

The Paul DesLauriers Band continue to bring the heat in guitar-heavy contemporary blues.  Hey y’all—let’s “Bounce!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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