Rob Lutes will soon be counted amongst the ranks of the best in the industry. Insightful and meaty… gutty and gritty... A rare talent that keeps getting better with each project released, one listen will prove he is more than a passing fancy; this guy is here to stay. ”

— Matt Large

 "Rob is one of the unique voices of North American music; a captivating performer, stellar songwriter, and a gifted storyteller. Rob's original material is a masterclass in songwriting; spare, essential lyrics that get at the meat of his topics with no filler. Lines like "I want to start a fight just to let you win" resonate with anyone that has ever navigated a long-term relationship. Rob is equally compelling as a music historian, with a keen sense of "songs that matter" from the early days of North American popular music. All of this delivered with one of the great voices of modern folk and his signature, hard-driving fingerstyle guitar."
Thom Lambert, Haliburton Folk Society

‟A gem. Among the best in a crowded roots field.”
- Toronto Star

‟Great songs. I really like Rob's style.” - Chris Smither

"Rob Lutes is the real deal, a consummate roots guitarist with singing and song-writing skills to match. He won the audience over right away and was a total pro to work with. We love him to bits." 
Stuart Laughton, Founder/Artistic Director, The Forest Festival

‟Lutes is a fine roots/blues writer, one of those gems you find by chance as you're going through a town and he's going through a town and you just want a beer and he gives you the show of the year.” - Bob Mersereau, CBC.ca

‟A great songwriter, a man with a great way with words and also a fantastic guitar picker!” 
- Michael Jerome Browne

‟Widely acknowledged as a gifted songwriter.” 
- Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen

“For me, Rob Lutes was one of the highlights.... His unique style, superb musicianship and his rapport with the audience came through loud and clear. A thorough professional, Rob deserves wide recognition as one of Canada's best musical assets. ” - Mike Hill, AD, Mariposa Folk Festival

''Blues/Roots gypsy-hybrid scientist, Rob Lutes masterfully displayed a gripping evening of solo song with his trademark breathy emotion and restrained yet virtuosic fingerpicking. It was quite a sound to hear and Westport definitely came out to enjoy.'' - Seamus Cowan, The Cove Inn

''Rob Lutes gave an epic performance last night at The Motley Kitchen. Masterful guitar playing, a unique voice well used, wonderful original songs sprinkled with reverent covers from the likes of Dylan, Irving Berlin, Chris Smithers and Randy Newman. A night to remember.'' - Scott Merrifield, The Motley Kitchen

"Rob Lutes is quite simply one of the best acoustic Roots Blues singer/songwriter/guitarists on the scene today – and that’s not just me saying it."
 - James Doran – Blues on the Rideau

“With his sixth CD, Rob Lutes confirms his place among the most important songwriters of his generation.” Four stars.
- La Presse, Montreal

"If anybody embodied the beauty and honesty of roots music, it's Rob Lutes. His set was a naked flame set to torch the place." - Maverick

BIO

Since the release of his first album Gravity in 2000, Rob Lutes has steadily built a collection of exquisite songs that inhabit the intersection of blues, folk, Americana, and the contemporary singer-songwriter genre. As skilled delivering a Piedmont blues classic as he is performing his own acclaimed original songs, Lutes's masterful fingerstyle guitar work and soulful voice bring an unmistakable intensity to his live performances.

One of six kids raised in Rothesay, New Brunswick, the Montreal-based performer melds traditional influences into literate, melody based songs that have earned him a good deal of recognition, from a win at the Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition to multiple songwriting nominations from the Canadian Folk Music Awards and the Maple Blues Awards. A two-time CFMA Contemporary SInger of the Year,  Rob's performances feature his own well crafted songs along with selected gems from music history, along with stories that bring his own creative process to life and reveal funny and wise nuggets about the music world. 

Rob's latest album Come Around earned him four Canadian Folk Music Award nominations along with a third nomination as Maple Blues Canadian Acoustic Act of the Year. His previous album Walk in the Dark (2017) was Folk n Blues Radios Album of the Year in 2018. Lutes has released six other full-length albums, including 2009’s acclaimed Truth & Fiction and 2013's The Bravest Birds which spent seven months in the Roots Music Report top 10 and hit #1 on the EuroAmericana Chart.

He performs solo, in duo with Quebec guitar legend Rob MacDonald, and in full-band format and as part of the roots supergroup Sussex, which has released three albums, Parade Day in 2016, and The Ocean Wide (2019), which earned a 2020 CFMA nomination for Ensemble of the Year, and Shine, coming out in September 2024. 

Lutes has had several of his songs recorded by other artists.

 

COME AROUND Nominated for four 2022 Canadian Folk Music Awards - Album, Contemporary Singer, English Songwriter, Producer of the Year (with Rob MacDonald)
https://folkawards.ca/nominees/

Nominated - 2022 Acoustic Act of the Year - Maple Blues Awards 

COME AROUND - Top 20 Airplay, Folk-DJ Radio, 2021

That Bird Has My Wings - 2022 Winner, Male Category, Blues and Roots Radio International Songwriting Competition

WINNER - 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards - Contemporary Singer of the Year 

Nominated for 2018 Maple Blues Awards, Male Vocalist and Acoustic Act of the Year

Walk in the Dark Nominated for the 2018 GAMIQ Folk Album of the Year

Nominated 2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards - Ensemble of the Year (Sussex) 

Stingray Music: Top Folk-Roots Airplay (US) Year End 2018

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