Mike Goudreau presents his 10th album, ''Blues Et Cetera'', rich with 15 new original songs. The works are tainted with reggae, singer/songwriter, rock, country and world music influences as well as Texas, Chicago, funk and swing blues for which Goudreau has been renowned for the past 17 years.
Many new musicians are highlighted on this recording, including the legendary trumpeter Roger Walls who has played on more than 200 albums in the past 30 years, with many of Quebec's top artists as well as working with the likes of The Duke Ellington Band, Cab Calloway, Tony Bennett, Offenbach, Diane Dufresne, Claude Dubois, Vic Vogel and many others. Also joining Mike is drummer Simon Bergeron (son of drummer Richard Bergeron, Mike's friend and partner for 17 years and founding member of the Boppin’ Blues Band) who brings an element of youth along with solid and creative drumming. Also on this recording are regular members of Goudreau’s band: Nino Fabi on organ and piano; David Élias on saxes and horn arrangements; Maxime St-Pierre on trumpet; Serge Arsenault on trombone; Dany Roy on sax; and Sylvain Daigneault on piano. Also noteworthy are guest appearances by Montreal accordionists Didier Dumoutier and Pierre-Olivier Ouellet, and by cellist Eric Kory.
On this album Mike presents many different styles of the blues, hence the title ''Blues Et Cetera'': ''I wanted to make a more contemporary-sounding album but also wanted to present some of the styles that folks have come to expect from me over the past 17 years'', says Mike. It's no wonder, since his music and songwriting has never stopped evolving. In fact, over the past year, he has signed well over 250 songs with music libraries worldwide, and has had some impressive breakthroughs with three of his original songs featured on network television on NBC, ABC and CBS. He has also had 18 of his jazz tracks featured on 4-box-set compilation with American Label ''Arizona University Recordings'' distributed in Europe and Asia with Sony/BMG and Universal. All this was achieved without a record deal or producer, something that only hard work and perseverance – and some talent! – can bring.
The festival season is being booked, and Mike's schedule will be busy. The new album will be launched officially in February 2009 and released through cdbaby.com at www.cdbaby.com/cd/mikegoudreau3 or for sale at his concerts. So be sure to catch Mike at a festival near you for a preview. To find out where to get the new CD, hear a few MP3 clips from it and where and when to see the band live: visit www.mikegoudreau.com or www.myspace.com/mikegoudreauband.
What some of the blues media have to say about Mike Goudreau:
"Quality Canadian blues...solid and unpretentious...swings with snappy sincerity and crisp energy...In a perfect world this cd would put Goudreau on the U.S. radar" Hal Horowitz, Blues Revue Magazine, USA Oct/Nov 2006 Issue
"Goudreau plays lead guitar with the tone and taste of greats like Otis Rush and Albert King, and writes compelling, original songs". Jeremy Loome, Edmonton Sun
“ One of Canada’s most under-appreciated blues combos.” Ian Angus, CIUT 89.5 FM, Toronto
“ Undiluted blues from one of the purest players on the Canadian scene” Al Kirkcaldy, CFFF 92.7 FM, Peterborough, ON
“The Grass Ain’t Greener is a rockin’, rompin’, stompin’ good time….solid, creamy, tight and tasty licks executed with precision and class” Billie Lucas, CHLY 101.7 FM, Nanaimo BC
“Goudreau is a natural. He leads a great band with exciting original songs that dare you to sit still” John Valenteyn, Maple Blues, Toronto Blues Society
" The Grass Ain't Greener " est un de ces albums racés qui font figure de référence dans une carrière, aussi riche et chargée soit elle ! Fred Delforge, zicazic.com, France