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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 (Greg Morency) and Drummer of the Year (Sam Harrisson). 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. They are currently touring Canada, the USA and Europe in support of the album with notable performances past and present that include the Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas NV, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Tremblant International Blues Festival, Ottawa BluesFest, White Mountain, NH Boogie N’Blues Festival, Heritage Music Blues Festival in Wheeling, WV and the Daytona Blues Festival among many others. 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!

In June 2013 they released “Enter The Gate” with sitar maestro Anwar Khurshid, a unique acoustic meeting between the Blues and Indian Classical music. The group won the “Best In Festival Award” after their performance at the Tremblant International Blues Festival in July 2013.
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.

Relentless album charts:

Roots Music Report

Canada
Weekly Top 50 Canada Album Chart: #2
USA
Weekly Top 50 Blues Album Chart: #10
Weekly Top 50 Blues Rock Album Chart: #7
2016 Top 200 Blues Rock Album Chart: #37

Australian Blues and Roots
 
#17 International Blues Airplay Chart- August 2016.

What they are saying...
 
Relentless is an album of rare beauty, whose sound frames beautifully the past and present of rock and roll at its very best. The Paul DesLauriers Band might have just pulled, through Relentless, one of the best albums of 2016.
Giovanni "Gio" Pilato, Blue Bird Reviews, UK, August 2016.
 
The playing is incendiary and there's no limit to how hard this rock rolls.

Midwest Record, USA - July 2016

More often than not, as the last song on the album finishes, instead of replacing the disc with another, I’ll just let it ride for another spin.  That must be why this album is so suitably named, Relentless.
Phillip Smith, Phillycheeze's Rock & Blues Reviews USA - July 2016

This is fabulous blues rock. Often times a three piece band has its limitations. Not so with The Paul DesLauriers Band. These guys are the goods!
Richard Ludmerer, Making a Scene, USA - July 2016.

DesLauriers's fiery guitar playing throughout, combined with Harrisson's polyrythmic drumming under Morency's sinewy bass lines, makes this CD sound like a thick, juicy blues stew combining the best elements of Hendrix, Thorogood, Trower and ZZ Top, with a dash of Greg Allman thrown in.
Charlie Frazier, Blues Music Magazine, USA - October 2016.

This one hit me in the face like a barbequed steak hurled across the room ! 5 stars !
John Kereiff, The Rock Doctor Reviews, Gonzookanagan, Canada - July 2016.

The music is raw, pure and sincere. The musicians are all virtuosos and the sum of their qualities makes for an incredible band. Relentless is an album that drips with skill and enthusiasm ! (Translation)
 Rudolfs Music, Netherlands - July 2016


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Awards

2018
Maple Blues Awards
Toronto, Canada
Entertainer of the Year

2017
Maple Blues Awards
Toronto, Canada
Entertainer of the Year
Electric Act of the Year
Drummer of the Year
Bass Player of the Year

2016
The Blues Foundation
International Blues Challenge (IBC)
Memphis, Tennessee
Runner-up

2015
Maple Blues Awards
Toronto, Canada
Bass Player of the Year

2014
Maple Blues Awards
Toronto, Canada
Guitarist Of The Year
Acoustic Act Of The Year

2013
Tremblant International Blues Festival
Mont Tremblant, Quebec
Best In Festival Award

2003-2015
Lys Blues Awards
Québec, Canada
14 Awards-Various Categories

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