Moncton's Matt Landry Band offers blues debut album.

Lord knows we love our blues bands in the Maritimes, but it's always a good move to shake things up in the genre. If a band can offer something different in the sound, there's a much better chance they'll stand out, and keep growing too.

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The Matt Landry Band from Moncton started out back in 2012 as the Rockinn Fiddle Blues Band, but have now switched to the simpler name for this debut CD. The first name was a bit clunky, but it did explain the twist in their sound. Leader Landry not only does the usual duties of lead singer, guitar player and writer, but he's also a champ fiddle player. He's known for doing lead guitar-like leads on the fiddle, and it's no mere novelty; he's been playing classical violin and traditional fiddle since he was a pre-schooler. Now inject that into a blues-boogie band. It's not the main element here, but it's something nobody else is doing in these parts.

Another reason for the name change is the addition of a new member. The trio of Matt Landry, brother Chris Landry on drums and Jeremy Demont on bass has been beefed up with the addition of keyboard player Dan Cutrona. This lets Matt free for more leads and accents, with Cutrona holding down the rhythm. The group does solid, tough electric blues, but with a good clean sound, lots of room for harmonies on choruses, all the instruments separated well and easy to follow, the bass lines big and meaty and as fun to follow as the melody. The fiddle is used sparingly, which is probably wise, but it's a joy to hear Landry burst out a solo in the middle of Hendrix's Red House, and probably twice as fun seeing that live.

There are lots of opportunities to see the group, especially for those in the east and north of the province. They'll be on the stage of the Capitol Theatre in Moncton as the special musical guest at the Hubcap Comedy Festival's main show starring Elvira Kurt on Thursday, Feb. 05. There are also upcoming dates at Casino NB on Feb. 6, and then shows in Riverview, Tracadie, Edmundston, Buctouche and more starting in March.

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Rockin' BobBob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).

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