Album: Walk In The Dark
Label: Lucky Bear Records
This is the 7th album from Canadian singer songwriter Rob Lutes. As a child he learnt piano and guitar, and then influenced by Bob Dylan and Neil Young mastered the crafts of fingerstyle guitar and song writing. His distinctive voice has been describes as husky, smoky and ‘the sound of boulders rumbling along the stream bed’. An accolade indeed, for that voice carries his exceptional lyrics along just perfectly. The thirteen tracks on the album are a varied blend of blues, Americana and folk.
The second song, ‘There’s No Way to Tell You That Tonight’ is a powerhouse lyrical blues track with superb electric guitar work, the whole song reminiscent of American bluesman Robert Cray. Rob’s acoustic guitar style of playing is showcased in the instrumental track ‘Spense’, and the song ‘Walk in the Dark’ has a terrific Chet Atkins fingerstyle feel and energy. And there’s also a good dose of country bluegrass in ‘Rabbit’, where you can imagine sitting on the porch with the band right there, tapping your feet as his ace backing musicians on bass, violin, mandolin and resonator guitar strut their stuff with Rob.
‘Whistling Past the Graveyard’, where Rob’s distinctive voice, is accompanied by acoustic guitar and a gentle musical backing, showcases his special brand of song writing, “Doesn’t take long till the full moon is long gone, When your shadow disappears it’s like you were never here at all.... And the things we didn’t say, whistling past the grave yard, and the whole damn world is whistling too…”
As a genuine wordsmith, Rob’s songs are put over with powerful literary skill, and the album benefit from careful listening to really grasp that skill. From the fourth track on the album, ‘I Am The Blues’ are the lines “Now your life is tumbling slowly into the sea, Everything is blowing up and it was you who lit the fuse, That’s when I show up… I am The Blues!” Oh yes, Rob is indeed a master of this genre, and any other genre he turns his considerable skills too.
If you are wishing to put a few excellent and varied listening albums on your shopping list, this is definitely one to put at the top, superbly produced and with a vocal quality that reaches out and draws you into the songs.