The Paul DesLauriers Band is made up of guitarist and singer Paul DesLauriers and the rhythm section of Greg Morency on bass and Sam Harrisson on drums. Having worked together on various projects for nearly 20 years, the band has become bound by friendship and an unshakable mutual respect. Based on this history and an uncanny musical chemistry, in 2013 they decided to focus all their energy and talents to develop their distinctive power trio.
These Montreal-based, Canadian Blues veterans blend rock with straight-ahead blues in a way that echoes the vibe of the great power trios from the 60’s and 70’s, yet they take the music to another level via modern stylings and an attack that’s free of clichés. The aural texture of their music changes on a dime from guitar-driven pyrotechnic blazing to a much milder blues boogie with seamless ease. It’s all wondrously peppered with pleasing funky bass lines and a swamp-blues backbeat.
Crowned Entertainer of the Year for the second year in a row at the 21st annual Maple Blues Awards held on January 15th 2018 in Toronto, Canada; in 2017 along with Entertainer of the Year, they also won the Maple Blues Awards for Electric Act of the Year, Bassist of the Year and Drummer of the Year. In January 2016 the band took 2nd place at the 32nd International Blues Challenge (IBC), the world’s largest gathering of blues acts, organized by The Blues Foundation. Held in Memphis Tennessee, they rose to the top to take the runner-up title in the Band category in a worldwide competition that saw 119 bands competing for a spot on the podium.
Their most recent release, the aptly titled Relentless (June 2016), is a genuine blues-rock escapade featuring 10 original new songs encompassing their most original and powerful work to date. Released to international critical acclaim, the album climbed to the #2 position on the Roots Music Report radio chart in Canada and to #10 in the USA. Also released in Canada to unanimously excellent reviews, their self-titled 2014 album reached the #1 spot on the iTunes Canada Blues Chart within a month!
Undeniably part of Canada’s musical elite, all three members are regular nominees and winners at the Maple Blues Awards and Quebec Lys Blues Awards. Paul DesLauriers is the Winner of 2 Maple Blues Awards in 2014, including Guitarist of the Year and winner of 5 Lys Blues Awards in Quebec. Greg Morency is a two-time winner of the Maple Blues Award for Bassist of the Year. Sam Harrisson is the Maple Blues Award Drummer of the Year for 2017 and is the winner of a record-holding 9 Lys Blues Awards in Quebec for Musical Performance.
The group won the “Best In Festival” award for their performance at the Tremblant International Blues Festival. Since then, the band has played the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Ottawa Blues Festival, Thunder Bay Blues Festival, White Mountain NH Boogie and Blues Festival, Las Vegas Big Blues Bender, WV Heritage Blues Festival, Calgary International Blues Festival, Kalamazoo Blues Festival, and the Daytona Blues Festival just to name a few. Keep your eyes and ears peeled as they are sure to be coming to a city near you soon.