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Mike Goudreau and the Boppin’ Blues Band celebrate 20 years of jazzy fueled groove

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I  haven’t heard of Sherbrooke, Quebec based blues band Mike Goudreau and the Boppin Blues Band, and it’s my loss. But apparently they have been tearing up stages, mostly in Eastern Canada for the past 20 years and have had their songs in a variety of television shows including  “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and many more, especially last year.

But instead of releasing a “greatest hits” CD, they recorded 13 all new original songs for the CD which bear good tidings for the future of the band.Click here to hear Mike Goudreau and the Boppin’ Blues Band
 They have recently marked that achievement with a new CD, “20 Years of  Bop and Blues.”

 The band including guitarist Mike Goudreau, bassist Jonathan Boudreau, drummer Jean François- Bégin, saxophonist David Élias, trombonist Serge Arsenault and special guest harp player Mississippi Heat’s  Pierre Lacocque draw a lot from the school of the Powder Blues band, with a big horn section and foot stomping bass grooves coupled with tasteful guitar leads.

 Goudreau’s voice is a mix of JW Jones, Elmore James, Colin James and Steve Pineo.
 They are wildly entertaining right from the beginning notes of the upbeat “I’m Heading Out the Door,” and carry on through “Mean Old Man”. They always play “In The Pocket.”

 “Shake a Tailfeather” gives a nod to the blues classic made famous by Ray Charles in the Blues Brothers movie. They sound like they come straight of out Chicago instead of straight out of Quebec.

 And  the groovy instrumental “Movin’ To The Groove,” is reminiscent of  Five Alarm Funk.

 “Mean Old Man” and “She’s  Spreading Rumours” are among my favourites if I had to pick a couple.
“Happy Birthday Blues,” is an interesting  angle to take for a break-up song, but they do it well, especially with a bluesy deep south New Orleans horn arrangement.

The one French language song from this Quebec band, “Ca Peut Pas Marcher, ” is also a highlight.
But it is mostly the horns that make the Cd throughout, though the guitar solo on the latter is a highlight as well.
 They end with a beautiful guitar solo and some more big, jazzy horns on “See You Later Babe.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A.  Beat Editor

CD: 20 years of Bop and Blues
Band: Mike Goudreau and the Boppin’ Blues Band
Genre: blues
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