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Rob Lutes is set to release Come Around on April 16

If you’re a fan of the wonderful, Montreal singer-songwriter Rob Lutes, you’ll be thrilled to know he’s got a new album coming out April 16.
Recorded in fall 2020, Come Around is the follow-up to Walk in the Dark (2017), for which Rob won the Canadian Folk Music Award as Contemporary Singer of the Year. Co-produced with his longtime collaborator, Rob MacDonald, Come Around features 11 original songs and a superb cover of the blues classic “In My Time of Dyin’.”

Featuring Rob’s unmistakable voice and unique guitar technique, Come Around offers a fresh blend of blues, Americana, folk, and pop that carves a way through the current state of human dislocation with wisdom and humour.

On “Knives,” he views the extremes of love and loss against the realities of domestic life; in “Lightning,” painful flashes of recognition ultimately provide a vision of hope. Magnificent and touching, “That Bird Has My Wings” was inspired by the book of the same title by Buddhist author and death-row inmate Jarvis Jay Masters. In it, hope for freedom is found in the imagination and the natural world. And on “Work of Art,” the unlived life is recast as a thing of beauty.

Always an excellent storyteller, Rob also writes movingly of places in his life, evoking the joys of youth and the comfort of memory in “Shediac Bridge,” “Fisherman’s Rest” and “Amsterdam.”

Mixed by renowned engineer Rob Heaney (Patrick Watson, Emilie-Claire Barlow), Come Around features some of the finest folk/roots musicians on the Canadian scene, including versatile guitarist Rob MacDonald, keyboardist Bob Stagg, bassist Solon McDade, and singer-songwriter Annabelle Chvostek (who provides gorgeous backing vocals).

Recorded at six different studios due to COVID-19 restrictions, Come Around represents Rob Lutes’ vision for a sort of freedom that can come through struggles large and small.

“We had to make adjustments in the way we did this album. We couldn’t be together,” he said. “But from across the country, we found a synergy through these songs. It is as if we are in the room.”

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