“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, Montreal Folk Festival
‟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
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
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.
A double Maple Blues Award nominee in 2017 and 2018 and winner of the CFMA Contemporary Singer of the Year Award in 2018, on his seventh album, Walk in the Dark, he does what he has done for years: kicks up a little dust, wades into some deep waters and tackles the realities of the world with depth, humour and a unique musical style.
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