Patrick Leblanc (Pat The White) is an award winning artist from the Gaspé region of Québec.
Pat`s album "Reviver" was awarded the Montreal Blues Society's "Lyblues Album of the year" on September 16, 2007.
Pat The White Band have blown people away with their chemistry at many a festival, and the same elements that have made them a success live are at work on this album. Named after their lead singer/guitarist, Pat Leblanc, the group is a jam band. They’re from Quebec, but their influences seem mostly to be from the spirited U.S. South.
Six of the nine songs on Reviver are originals, but, to hear them, I would have guessed they were written in the 60s or 70s. As is the case with a lot of music from that era, the line between blues and rock is often drawn thinly.
Pat The White’s own “More Bad News” makes blues as fun and catchy as does the Fabulous Thunderbirds’ “Tuff Enuff.” “Kiss From Your Sister” is a great jam, with Pat’s guitar up front, but every member (a bassist, another guitarist, a drummer, and an organist) gets into it and gives noteworthy performances. It’s such a strong song and performance that it almost overshadows the Allman Brothers Band classic, “Whipping Post,” which Pat The White Band treat with utmost respect and enthusiasm.
The cover song highlight, and possibly the entire album highlight, is the band’s spin on Deadric Malone’s “Ain’t That Loving You.” This is a hard rocking, old blues-influenced version. Pat trades vocal lines with Bob Walsh, who energetically channels B.B. King. In the jam parts, keys and guitar notes each have solo time, before engaging in a rising conversation.
Although band interaction, technical skill, and virtuosity are key in any successful jam, there need to be memorable songs to make a memorable album. In addition to a never-ending supply of riffs, licks, and grooves, the band also offers variety in tone and tempo to keep interest. Things are slowed down on “Promised Land,” drawing attention to Pat’s vocals, which are punctuated by guitar flourishes á la Carlos Santana. The band lets loose and jams, only to return to the vocal part, and then repeat the process.
The acoustic “Looking Out The Window” also has a memorable vocal performance, although some might say that Pat oversings it slightly. The best part of the song comes in the guitar solo, which is concentrated on sounding cool and classy, not showy.
From time to time, Pat Leblanc throws in an excess of notes on his guitar leads. It doesn’t sound bad—actually, it sounds great when he does it—but it can be too much if done too often. The long instrumental section of “Night Eyes” is perfectly fine, but it is a solo as opposed to a jam.
The same goes for the solo in “Nothing Else To Do,” although it’s more effective because there’s less of it. The song and the guitar solo rock hard, and there’s nothing wrong with that—it’s only that Pat proves elsewhere on the album that he can play emotively too.
Bottom Line: Reviver is a great name for a collection of Pat The White’s music; unlike many new bands, they don’t just take part in the classic rock revival by playing rock songs that sound old. Pat The White Band also play in the inspired style of legendary classic rock and blues jam bands. Pat The White Band’s passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the material are proof that the style of music is alive and well in them, and doesn’t need any reviving
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