Deslauriers celebrates record release at home

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Paul Deslauriers delivered a masterful performance at Lola’s.

CORNWALL, Ontario - Once again local guitar great, Paul Deslauriers, had them dancing in the isles, as he packed not once, but twice, city pub, Lola’s, for his two-night, hometown CD release party, over the weekend.

“Cornwall has been very good to me,” said Deslauriers who is now in the middle of a series of shows in and around Ottawa and Montreal in celebration of the self-titled, The Paul Deslauriers Band, release, “I felt (Cornwall) deserved to be on the list of the first shows we are doing for the new album.”

Accompanied by his stellar bandmates, Greg Morency on bass and Sam Harrisson on drums, the album features seven original songs and three “unique re-workings” of classics, with additional contributions from Juno and multiple Maple Blues Award winners, Steve Marriner of MonkeyJunk, and Steve Strongman.

Earlier this year, Deslauriers was recognized as Canada's top blues guitar player, as well as, Best Acoustic Act, with long-time collaborator, Dawn Tyler Watson, at the 17th Annual Maple Blues Awards ceremony, in Toronto.

Deslauriers was joined by local bands, The Rod Squad and Gypsy.

Here’s what’s coming up…

A Tribute to the Beatles is “now playing” (Friday) at the Port Theatre. This one’s sold out though. Good for the Port. It really is an incredible venue for live music, in this city.  I highly recommend that you see a show there sometime. What a gem!

On Saturday, April 12, singer/songwriter, Joe Heir, will be preforming his The Unofficial Going to California show at the Lancaster Junction, in Lancaster. I’ll bet there’s a good story there.

Also on Saturday night, Elly May with Joel Sauve Trio will be at La Maison; The Rotted Roots Ramblers with special guest Doghouse Rose are live at Lola’s; and yours truly and some friends, aka, the Roxanne Delage Trio, will be at The Grand in Martintown,

Thursday, April 17, Crued, a tribute to Motley Crue, will rock La Maison, followed by, Switchgear, who will be there on April 18. The country-rockers will then make their way to the Royal Canadian Legion on the 19th for a Western Night fundraiser.

Later this month, Landmark will be at La Maison, on April 25, and early next month, May 3, The Graham Greer Trio with very special guest Tracy Lalonde (who recently released her debut EP, Little Letters, to much acclaim) will be live at Lola’s.

Please contact these venues directly for further details about their events, and get out and see live music.

Organizations: Beatles, Port Theatre, The Grand Motley Crue Royal Canadian Legion

Geographic location: California, Ontario, La Maison Ottawa Montreal Lancaster Junction Canada Martintown

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