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NEW CD : 20 Years Of Bop & Blues - March 14, 2012

  Celebrating “20 Years of Bop & Blues”!

March 14th, 2012 – In celebration of 20 years of performing, writing and producing blues music, Mike Goudreau & The Boppin’ Blues Band are proud to present their anniversary album, 20 Years of Bop & Blues. The record offers 14 new original songs ranging from swinging to funky, from New Orleans to blues-rock, with some southern soul & gospel thrown in for good measure!

This latest Boppin’ offering features Mike Goudreau on vocals and guitar, Jonathan Boudreau on bass, Jean-François Bégin on drums, David Élias on tenor and baritone sax, Serge Arsenault

on trombone, and Maxime St-Pierre on trumpet. The BBB is joined by guests Lorrie Goodman on B3 organ, and special guest Pierre Lacocque, of the Chicago band Mississippi Heat, on harmonica.

All songs are by Mike Goudreau, including the help of co-composers Lorrie Goodman, Jonathan Boudreau and Jean-François Bégin. Also participating to the French lyrics to one song is long-time BBB friend Michel Aubin.

20 years of BBB…

1992 Mike Goudreau and drummer Richard Bergeron found the Boppin Blues Band as a result of regular Monday night gigs at the Café du Palais in Sherbrooke.

With a demo recorded in the family basement, BBB performs at 3 “Labatt Blues” festivals in Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke and Rivière-du-Loup.

1994 Release of the 1st BBB album, Sold Out. Real Blues Magazine calls them “one of Canada's most talented new blues bands”.

1995 First appearance at Montreal International Jazz Festival (followed by 7 more to date).

1996 Release of the 2nd album, I Dig My Job. More accolades, and Real Blues Magazine names them ''Best Canadian Blues Band''.

1997 BBB backs up the “Prime Minister of Blues” Dutch Mason for a series of ten sold out concerts across Quebec.

1999 Release of the 3rd album, Happy Go Lucky, nominated for a Maple Blues Award.

2000 BBB receives a grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for research and creation, and produces the 4th CD, Nous avions rendez-vous, with 12 original blues songs in French. This album also leads to a gig at “Les Francofolies”, and a live concert recording from “La Maison de la culture de Frontenac” in Montreal by Radio Canada’s Silence, on jazz, broadcast coast to coast.

2006 BBB featured on the cover of BCR, a blues magazine from France.

2007 Release of the 5th album, Boppin’ 15, a compilation of songs from the first two albums plus six new originals. Gigs at the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Tremblant Blues Festival. The songs “Blues des loups” and '”Blues en blouson”' are used on the network TV shows Everybody Hates Chris (CBS) and Friday Night Lights (ABC).

2011 Many songs used on network TV, most notably: Dirty Sexy Money (ABC), Army Wives (Lifetime), Kath & Kim (NBC), George Lopez Show (TBS), Justified (FX), Scoundrels (ABC), Friday Night Lights (ABC), Let’s Make A Deal (CBS), Memphis Beat (TNT), and Hung (HBO). Also, 32 of their songs have been included in six Jazz CD box sets distributed in Europe and Asia with Sony-BMG and Universal.

2012 Release of their new album, 20 Years of Bop & Blues, in April.

and counting!

Launches for the new album will be held in Sherbrooke, Gatineau, Montreal and Québec beginning in April 2012. Mike Goudreau & The Boppin' Blues Band will also be touring throughout the year. So check the website calandar to keep informed on summer Festivals and the tour schedule!

Websites are in English, and in French.

For information and bookings, write to or, or phone 819-876-2109.

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New jazz Album Coming in April ! :Look For The Sunshine - February 17, 2010


Look For The Sunshine Cover

Mike Goudreau presents his 11th album: ''Look For The Sunshine'': 17 tracks featuring 12 brand new original songs and 5 jazz classics, not to mention one song in French, ''La Gentille Fille'', co-written with Michel Aubin. Whether it's a Sinatra-style crooner, groovy instrumental, dreamy bossa-nova, romantic ballad, New Orleans-style Dixieland or a finger snappin' blues, everyone from the most particular connaisseur to the jazz newbie will be enchanted with this eclectic mix of jazz.

As with all of Mike's albums, he has surrounded himself with some of Québec's most talented musicians and arrangers: Trumpet player Maxime St-Pierre who has arranged for Céline Dion, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Claude Dubois, Michel Pagliaro, among others, also co-wrote the big band swing song ''Happy Go Lucky Blues''. The brilliant Dany Roy (musical director for Garou) plays some amazing sax solos on 6 tracks. Trumpet ace Roger ''Rocket'' Walls is back for solos on 2 songs. Silky-smooth pianist Sylvain Daigneault plays some great piano throughout. Long-time collaborator and saxophonist-arranger David Élias arranged 2 songs and plays some great sax. Other wonderful players include Jonathan Boudreau on upright bass, Patrick Morin on drums, Jean-François Bégin on percussions and drums, Serge Arsenault on trombone, Maurice ''Mo'' St-Pierre on clarinet, and Nino Fabi plays some groovy B3 organ.

The album was recorded by long time collaborator Jean Custeau at Studio Bleuciel in Stanstead, Québec. Mastering was done at VAD studios in Sherbrooke by David Élias, and Heather Sampson did the graphic artwork and pictures for the album.

New CD '' Blues Et Cetera '' Coming in Feb. 2009 - January 21, 2009

Stanstead, January 22nd, 2009 — Mike Goudreau presents his 10th album, ''Blues Et Cetera'', rich with 15 new original songs. The works are tainted with reggae, singer/songwriter, rock, country and world music influences as well as Texas, Chicago, funk and swing blues for which Goudreau has been renowned for the past 17 years.

Many new musicians are highlighted on this recording, including the legendary trumpeter Roger Walls who has played on more than 200 albums in the past 30 years, with many of Quebec's top artists as well as working with the likes of The Duke Ellington Band, Cab Calloway, Tony Bennett, Offenbach, Diane Dufresne, Claude Dubois, Vic Vogel and many others. Also joining Mike is drummer Simon Bergeron (son of drummer Richard Bergeron, Mike's friend and partner for 17 years and founding member of the Boppin’ Blues Band) who brings an element of youth along with solid and creative drumming. Also on this recording are regular members of Goudreau’s band: Nino Fabi on organ and piano; David Élias on saxes and horn arrangements; Maxime St-Pierre on trumpet; Serge Arsenault on trombone; Dany Roy on sax; and Sylvain Daigneault on piano. Also noteworthy are guest appearances by Montreal accordionists Didier Dumoutier and Pierre-Olivier Ouellet, and by cellist Eric Kory.

On this album Mike presents many different styles of the blues, hence the title ''Blues Et Cetera'': ''I wanted to make a more contemporary-sounding album but also wanted to present some of the styles that folks have come to expect from me over the past 17 years'', says Mike. It's no wonder, since his music and songwriting has never stopped evolving. In fact, over the past year, he has signed well over 250 songs with music libraries worldwide, and has had some impressive breakthroughs with three of his original songs featured on network television on NBC, ABC and CBS. He has also had 16 of his jazz tracks featured on 4-box-set compilation with American Label ''Arizona University Recordings'' distributed in Europe and Asia with Sony/BMG and Universal. All this was achieved without a record deal or producer, something that only hard work and perseverance – and some talent! – can bring.

The festival season is being booked, and Mike's schedule will be busy. The new album will be launched officially in February 2009 and released through at or for sale at his concerts. So be sure to catch Mike at a festival near you for a preview. To find out where to get the new CD, hear a few MP3 clips from it and where and when to see the band live: visit or

The tracks

1. Mend My Broken Heart 3:42
2. Why'd I Drink So Much? 3:58
3. Jello On A Roller Coaster 3:06
4. It's Too Late 4:25
5. Won't You Pardon Me? 3:56
6. Chicken Boogaloo 4:37
7. Growing Pains 3:45
8. Crazy Johnny 3:28
9. Change My Mind 4:21
10. Leaving For Paris 3:57
11. Big Black Dog 4:11
12. Poor Lonely People 3:29
13. I'm Still Cryin' 3:45
14. Let Me Down Easily 2:57
15. Gossipin' Mama 4:48

Total time: 58:25

All songs by Michel Goudreau – Socan
Except ''Leaving For Paris'' by Michel Goudreau and Lise Gaudreau – Socan


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Mike Goudreau – Vocals, guitars, bass
Simon Bergeron – Drums, tambourine
David Élias – Baritone, tenor & alto sax
Nino Fabi – Organ, piano (# 1-5-8-12)
Roger Walls – Trumpet (# 2-6-12-13)
Eric Kory – Cello
Sylvain Daigneault – Piano (# 4)
Didier Dumoutier – Accordion (# 10)
Jean-François Martel – Upright bass (# 10)
Richard Bergeron – Drums (# 9-10-13-14)
Serge Arsenault – Trombone (# 9-14)
Dany Roy – Tenor sax (# 9-14)
Maxime St-Pierre – Trumpet (# 9-14)
Pierre-Olivier Ouellet – accordion (# 7)
Daniel Poulin – Bass (# 13)

Produced by Mike Goudreau
Engineered by Jean Custeau
Mixed by Mike Goudreau & Jean Custeau
Mastered by David Élias & Mike Goudreau at VAD Studio – 819 864-4565
Recorded at Studio Bleuciel, Stanstead, QC – 819 876-2162

Arrangements by Mike Goudreau
Horn and cello arrangements by David Élias
Horn arrangement by Serge Arsenault on ''Let Me Down Easily''
Horn arrangement by Maxime St-Pierre on ''Change My Mind''

Cover Photo by Jocelyn Riendeau
Artwork by Josée Morais


Thanks to Jean Custeau for all his help with making this album possible, and to David Élias for the arrangements and mastering job.

I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with such great musicians whom I learn from, who help me get my compositions as far as I can bring them, and who share the stage with me: thank you all.

Thanks also to James Doran and Diane Leduc for your support and friendship since my beginnings in the blues. To Brian Slack for all your help with bookings, radio promo and everything in between. The Montreal Blues Society .To Johanne Rondeau, David Bélanger for press, communications, corrections. To Jocelyn Riendeau, Josée Morais for your generosity, professionalism and talent in making my album look great on a shoe string budget. To all the DJs who play my music and plug our shows. And of course to all the fans and friends who have supported and encouraged me for the past seventeen years.

And thanks to God for giving me the courage and drive to keep at it even through some rough times, I couldn't do it on my own.

To my wife Natalie and my kids, Roxanne, Maya and Charles, who keep me grounded and remind me what's really important in this short life: I Love you.

Contact: Mike Goudreau
195 Passenger St, Stanstead, QC J0B 3E2

Phone: 819 876-2109
Fax: 819 876-2112


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