Evoking a raw honesty in his voice and the written word, Rob Lutes has gained a following in his native Canada and in the US as a roots musician of substance. Lutes’s lyrically rich and hook-laden songs span the spectrum of Americana influences. His soulful lyrics and vocals, deftly married with his indelible melodies and accomplished musicianship have established his reputation as a performer of note.
The Montreal-based, maritime-born artist spent ten years as a writer/editor, before discovering that songwriting and performing was what he was called to do full time. Evolving his own signature style with his richly textured vocals and earthy feel, Rob steadily gained ground nationally in Canada by playing prestigious festivals such as the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Ottawa BluesFest and the Stan Rogers Festival. Rob has also been featured in various Canadian television appearances and national radio broadcasts, and has had several of his songs recorded by other artists. In Canada he has released three CD's, Gravity in 2000, Middle Ground in 2002 and Ride the Shadows in 2006.
Rob’s recognition continues to grow both at home and in the United States. In 2001, Rob won the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Songwriting competition in Kerrville, Texas. In 2004, he won The Philadelphia Songwriters Project Road Song contest, resulting in appearances at both the WXPN Singer Songwriter Weekend and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Rob has garnered nominations for Album of the Year, Performance of the Year and Folk-Blues Artist of the Year from Le Net Blues in Quebec. The Toronto Blues Society nominated him as Songwriter of the Year in 2003. And in Billy Block's 2004 Americana Contest in Nashville, the Rob Lutes Band finished second for Best Americana Band.
Rob’s songs have been included on on several compilation CDs including Authentic Voice, (Sheena Dog Records, Nashville), Let it Snow Too (Goget’m Productions, Calgary) and several Quebec roots compilation.
"a brilliantly understated gem...among the best of the year's roots/blues crop."
Greg Quill, Toronto Star
“If you like literate blues-based Americana with a keen sense of melody, then check out Rob Lutes’ latest release.”
“Widely recognized as a gifted songwriter.”
Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen