Cashbox Canada Magazine

Mike Goudreau Still Boppin’ the Blues

Reading the bio on Mike Goudreau’s website it says he was born in Newport, Vermont and that he was raised in Stanstead, Quebec, population 2500. So how did that happen? ‘Years ago, the closest hospital for people to go to was in Newport, so babies were born there and brought home to Quebec. I had a Francophone Dad and an Anglo Mom and ended up with dual citizenship. Pretty cool actually !’

Music was always part of the mosaic in the Goudreau home. ’My parents were huge music fans. They loved country music; Conway Twitty, Hank Williams were two of their favourites. They even went to Nashville for holidays. Rock ‘n’ Roll was also on the turntable at home – Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, Bill Haley and the Comets. I grew up on it all and I am a better musician for it.’

Then Beatlemania hit and the young Mike was completely taken in by the music. ‘The Beatles influenced me so much. From the age of 14-17 I grabbed onto every Beatle tune I could learn. I was hooked. Guitar was the first instrument I every played and it changed my life. Although I started playing guitar at age 14, I actually began in bands as a bass player for the first 7 years of my career in country bands, backed-up a famous Quebec Country duo '' Jerry & Joanne '' for a year and we opened for Johnny Cash when I was 18 years old. I also backed up and the was band leader for a few Quebec artists in Florida for 2 winter seasons such as Johnny Farago, Gilles Girard ( Les Classels), Dino L'Espérance (César et les Romains ), to name but a few. Afterwards, played in many Rock'n'Roll bar bands before switching to lead guitar at age 22. Got into the Blues and then started writing my own songs in 1993.’

So 17 albums later - meet Mike Goudreau. His other influences are Chuck Berry, Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and later, Albert King, Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Powder Blues and Downchild - to name a few. Such diverse interests help to explain why Mike is comfortable in so many musical genres, especially jazz and blues.

Over the past 7 years, Mike's songs have been heard on such network TV shows as Everybody Hates Chris (CW) , Dirty Sexy Money (ABC ), Army Wives (Lifetime) ,Kath & Kim (NBC), George Lopez Show (TBS), Justified (FX) ,Scoundrels (ABC) ,Let's Make A Deal (CBS), Friday Night Lights (ABC), Memphis Beat (TNT), Auction Kings (Discovery), Oddities (Discovery), Hung (HBO), Defiance (FX) , The Fosters (ABC Family) and the TV movie North Pole (Hallmark Channel) most notable. In April 2013 Mike’s original song ‘’ Look For the Sunshine ‘’ was featured in the Hollywood film ‘’West End”. Mike’s song ‘’ Miss Wonderful ‘’ was featured in the trailer for the French film ‘’Love Is In The Air’’, and another of his compositions was used in the TV movie ‘’Bonnie & Clyde’’ on HBO.

So with all that being said some of you have not heard of Mike Goudreau yet? His latest CD, Je Reste Accroché shows off this talented singer/songwriter and could be his best yet. The really cool part is the CD does a great job of ‘crossing borders’; not to be taken wrong but you don’t even realize he is singing in French, the vocals, production and delivery are so solid. With a total of 12 songs, it is truly a pleasure to listen to from start to finish.The first tune, ‘Envoie Ma Belle’ has a long intro that actually sounds like the blues swing greats of old with B3 and all, title track ‘Je Reste Accroché’ shows off this artist’s great vocals, with all the slang joual words to show his background and the guitar solos definitely tell of the rock influence in his playing, and leaves you remaining ‘hooked’. ‘Arrête De Boire’ is a musician’s anthem about quitting drinking (or maybe not) and solid keys holding the song together.

‘Melon D’eau Boogaloo’ (Watermelon Boogaloo), an instrumental shows off the percussion and drums and as always, the guitar skills of Goudreau, B3 and sax….shows off the great talent on this recording.

Back to the basic blues feel ‘Ils Vont Passer Les Mauvais Jours’ knowing the bad days are going to hit no matter what you do, with a growly vocal that shows off the vocal delivery, while ‘Affreuse Jalousie’ is all about the awful jealousy that comes along with love and life. ‘Mon Coeur Brisé’ (My Broken Heart) slides nicely into ‘Joyeux Anniversaire’ then ‘Les Gens Tristes’ is more rhythmic based and keeps the CD humming along with a great running order taking you into ‘Le Cimetière Me Court Aprés’ brings you back into the swing feel. ‘L’Herbe Est Pas Plus Verte’ telling the age old story about the grass and greener and that old saying. Closing track is ‘C’était Un Peu Trop Beau’, saying it was all a little too beautiful, summing it all up to once more come back to Goudreau’s roots of true blues.

The musician lineup on the CD is stellar as well:

Mike Goudreau – Vocals, guitars

Jonathan-Guillaume Boudreau – Bass

Jean-François Bégin – Drums, percussions

Nino Carlo Fabi – Keyboards

Maxine St-Pierre – Trumpet

Dany Roy – Tenor sax

Tenacity and talent. A great combination. ‘My grandfather had a 3rd Grade Education but he built a successful business in Stanstead. He never gave up, I think I inherited some of that from him. I come from good solid stock for sure.’

Having said that, Goudreau is still waiting for the next big break in his career. Listening to his music it is almost seems he is searching for the musical Holy Grail but in actuality he is the musical Holy Grail. He is already there – but he just doesn’t let up on his drive to do more, write better songs, record more, play live more.

“I am working on two new projects right now. One is a collection of worldbeat songs; something new and unique. The other is a jazz/crooner idea; I love all those guys, Darin, Sinatra, so I can’t wait to start that recording that one. The thing I have learned over the years is you have to love doing music and to do it for yourself first. Don’t let the down times get to your heart and stay true to your music. And love your family and friends. My girlfriend, my children, my family are something I am grateful for every day of my life.’

With a very busy summer ahead, filled with festival bookings and special events, keep on eye out for Mike Goudreau and the Boppin’ Blues Band. Try to see him and his band if he is playing anywhere near you in your summer travels. Buy Mike Goudreau’s music – you will be glad you did. Je Reste Accroché is on repeat on my CD player – it should be on yours as well.

Toronto Blues Society

Mike Goudreau T.G.I.F. & Je Reste Accroché PMG

Sherbrooke’s Mike Goudreau is a most prolific singer/songwriter/guitarist,

these two discs being less than a year apart. He also leads the Boppin’ Blues Band with its extended discography. www. shows that Je Reste Accroché his seventeenth disc! T.G.I.F. is the English disc and the title song is from the Boppin Blues Band songbook, at least for the opening. After the first verse, Maxime St. Pierre on trumpet and Serge Arsenault on trombone get to play jazzy but short solos. The horns sit out for the slow blues “Ain’t No Guitar Hero”, a bit of autobiography in that he always wanted his guitar playing to be in the service of the song. He rips off a fine solo anyway. The horns come back for the jazzy “Jack’s Place”, with a fine vocal from Goudreau and a sax solo from Dany Roy. “Blue Note Shuffle” is a nice instrumental in the same vein. “Don’t Get Close To You” is a fine rocking blues and another highlight is the slow blues “You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down”. “Got Your Letter” is a very attractive country blues, with Goudreau on banjo – the letter is of course a lover’s rejection made all the worse for it being such a formal letter. “Give Me Faith” is an organ- led gospel tune and a couple more songs further showcase the Boppin jump blues style. He may not be using the name, but the tradition continues. Je Reste Accroché is no less interesting, with the title song’s Motown-like horns. “Arrète De Boire” is a tough Chicago blues as is the grinder “Le Cimetière Me Court Après” . “C’ Ètait Un Peu Trop Beau” is a lovely slow blues to conclude. In between, there are more songs in that jumping Boppin Blues style. You’ ll be happy with either one or both. His web site is

Le Net Blues


Le guitariste et chanteur Mike Goudreau nous présente son 17ème album intitulé JE RESTE ACCROCHÉ sur lequel on retrouve une douzaine de pièces originales. C’est au Bistro à Jojo à Montréal que Mike Goudreau conviait les amateurs de blues pour le lancement montréalais de son dernier album. Le très prolifique artiste né au Vermont (USA) et résidant aujourd’hui à Stanstead en Estrie, nous propose un disque entièrement en français. Tout comme sur le disque, on retrouve en spectacle ce soir: Jonathan-Guillaume Boudreau à la basse, Jean-François Bégin à la batterie, Dany Roy au saxophone ténor, Nino Carlo Fabi aux claviers ainsi que Maxime St-Pierre à la trompette. Le tout est sous la direction du chanteur et guitariste Mike Goudreau qui signe les textes et la musique de l’album.

Encore une fois, on remarque le souci de Mike Goudreau de bien faire les choses avec ce disque par la qualité de l’enregistrement et du mixage. Le shuffle ENVOYE MA BELLE (Mike Goudreau), ouvre de belle façon l’album avec son air entrainant où les cuivres sont bien en évidence. On aime beaucoup le style d’arrangement « be-bop» proposé par Mike Goudreau ce qui colore avantageusement l’album. On enchaine avec la chanson titre JE RESTE ACCROCHÉ, qui nous montre un côté plus pop de l’artiste. De retour ensuite avec un shuffle intitulé ARRÊTE DE BOIRE sur le thème de la modération dans la consommation… On retiendra un excellent solo de guitare de Mike.

Sur MELON D’EAU BOOGALOO on passe au funk avec la basse de Jonathan-Guillaume Boudreau avec en prime un bon solo d’orgue. Sur LE CŒUR BRISÉ on revient avec une pièce plus pop au rythme un peu reggae et funk: le refrain accrocheur est tout désigné pour que cette pièce devienne un succès à la radio. On termine l’album avec C’ÉTAIT UN PEU TROP BEAU, un slow blues qui laisse l’artiste exprimer autant ses talents de guitariste que de chanteur. Le jeu entre la guitare et le piano ajoute la touche magique à cette pièce. C’est donc sans réserve que je vous recommande JE RESTE ACCROCHÉ de Mike Goudreau. Après le succès de son disque TGIF en anglais paru en 2013, il a su se renouveler pour nous proposer cette année du blues inspiré en français.

Il s’agit d’un des trop rares musiciens au Québec à faire du blues francophone. À la veille de la saison des festivals il ne serait pas surprenant de voir Mike Goudreau et sa bande sur une scène près de chez vous. Aussi bon en spectacle que sur disque, Mike Goudreau saura vous faire apprécier un blues savoureux avec un son différent grâce à une excellente section de cuivres. Une fois qu’on commence à écouter du Mike Goudreau, on ne peut plus arrêter, vous aussi direz comme moi, JE RESTE ACCROCHÉ et j’aime ça !

Mike Goudreau présente son 17e album : « Je reste accroché » - 

Un titre approprié d’album, puisqu’effectivement on reste accroché par ce blues qui rock et swing en français et qui nous parle de la vraie vie. Ce prolifique auteur-compositeur-guitariste et producteur estrien nous offre un beau mélange de blues contemporain et traditionnel avec des influences : Blues, Swing, Jazz, Rock, R & B, Country et même Reggae.

Goudreau a signé toutes les chansons de l’album avec l’aide de ses collaborateurs, les paroliers Michel Aubin, Lise Gaudreau et le Français Jacques Mège. La qualité de l’album enregistré par Jimmy Lord et matricé par Steve Corao est irréprochable. De nombreuses chansons ont servies aux productions à la télé américaine tels que Dirty Sexy Money et plusieurs autres.

Douze pièces qui nous transportent dans son monde. Avec « Envoie ma belle », on a le goût irrésistible de danser, ce qu’il nous invite d’ailleurs à faire avec cette chanson nous disant de vivre le moment présent, de danser et de s’amuser. La danse se poursuit avec « Je reste accroché » l’histoire d’un gars qui a besoin d’être aimé sans que ce soit compliqué et ainsi de suite pour la danse avec « Arrête de boire » qui nous envoie un message très clair de retrouver sa raison pour éviter les inconvénients.

La plupart de ses chansons sont encourageantes et optimistes : « Ils vont passer les mauvais jours » effectivement il y a des journées ou l’on a l’impression qu’on a que des « badlucks » le meilleur est à venir, il ne faut donc pas se décourager. C’est la même chose avec « Mon cœur brisé » on continue à garder l’espoir de connaître l’amour qui raccommodera les cœurs. On profite même de la fête d’une ex pour lui dire qu’elle est la fille pour soi « Joyeux anniversaire »

Des défauts à corriger au plus vite : « Affreuse jalousie » ou un avertissement : « L’herbe est pas plus verte » que celle du voisin que l’on envie pour rien. Mike a aussi une chanson qui lui brise le cœur « Les gens tristes » et aussi sa chanson humoristique « Le cimetière me court après » (Il est rendu derrière chez nous, j’ai déjà un pied dans le trou, les habitants viennent de partout). Il termine avec « C’était un peu trop beau » sa plus longue pièce qui dure 6 :25.

Mike Goudreau est accompagné d’amis et musiciens de longue date. Maxime St-Pierre à la trompette et aux arrangements de cuivre, le brillant saxophoniste Dany RoyNino Carlos Fabi aux claviers et la section rythmique, Jean-François Bégin à la batterie et aux percussions ainsi que Jonathan-Guillaume Boudreau à la basse.


20 mars à Magog au Vieux Clocher – lancement enregistré et filmé

25 avril à Québec à Cécile et Ramone avec son band 6 musiciens sur scène

Toronto Blues Society

This veteran Quebec performer has only occasionally gone by his own name, having performed for years as leader of the Boppin’ Blues Band, whose music was firmly in the Downchild mold. That’s a bit of an oversimplification and I use it only because with this album he has gone for something more basic and has come up with a gem. In a quartet setting and mostly live off the floor, he wanted to create a bar band album and he came up with the songs to carry it off. The title song is an infectious, open invitation to go out to a blues club tonight and it is irresistible. Other highlights include: “Mind Your Own Business” which proves conclusively that Magic Slim penetrated the Eastern Townships. Well done! There’s also a very fine slow blues in French, “J’essaierai De Tenir Debout”, or “I’ll Try To Stand Up Straight”. A couple of his songs deal with the perils of overdoing it: “Blame It On Addiction” and “Should Quit Your Drinking” but they don’t detract too much from the party mood. He was here a couple of years ago at the Ex with his organ trio, it’s time he returned.

Blues Underground Network

"Time For Messin' Around", marks the 3rd release I have received from Mike Goudreau over the past 6 years, of which the previous 2, were 15th and 20th milestone celebrations with one of his other bands, The Boppin' Blues Band. In addition to the Mike Goudreau Band and Mike Goudreau & The Boppin' Blues Band, other incarnations of this multi-talented canadian artist included, The Goodmen Band, Mike Goudreau Jazz Band, and Mike Goudreau & Friends.

When it comes to his music, Mike Goudreau has certainly run the gauntlet of unique styles and content, which has frequently spanned the distance between Blues and Jazz, including jaunts into the realm of Reggae, Country, Funk, Soul, and Rock. Often comfortable exploring all the realms of music has lead him to put together a Classic Christmas album and a very popular tribute to Louis Armstrong titled "Thank You Louis".

"Time For Messin' Around" is Mike Goudreau's 14th album and consists of 11 tantalizing Tracks that once again show off Goudreau's never ending interest in a variety of genres, which for this release, includes romps into Funk, Texas Shuffle, Country Blues, Blues Rock, Southern Rock, and more, all culminating to what he likes to call, "a party vibe album". Included on this album, which has come to be a trademark of Goudreau's, is an authentic and soulful blues song, done in French.

Of the 11 Tracks on "Time For Messin' Around", 8 are new originals, written or co-written by Mike Goudreau, with fellow bandmates, Jonathan-Guillaume Boudreau and Jean-Francois Begin, co-writing 2 of the Tracks with Goudreau. For the 3 Covers, Mike Goudreau could not have offered up a more intriguing and interesting mix, which included, "Mind Your Own Business" (Hank Williams), "Wasn't That A Party" (Tom Paxton), and "She's A Woman" (Lennon/McCartney). In addition to Mike Goudreau (Lead Vocals/Guitars), Jonathan-Guillaume Boudreau (Bass), and Jean-Francois Begin (Drums), "Time For Messin' Around" also features, on various Tracks, David Elias (Tenor Sax), and Pascal Per Veillette (Harmonica).

Getting a sense as to just how much fun "Time For Messin' Around" is going to be, comes with the first notes of the first Track, which is the title Track. For this opener, we are treated to Blues flavored ala B.B. King and Albert Collins. Really nice opener and a great tone setter for the remaining of "Time For Messin' Around".

"Toss Down The Dice", comes at us with a great Funky feel, as Mike Goudreau and co-writers Jonathan-Guillaume Boudreau and Jean-Francois Begin offer up a humorous take on gambling at a casino, with as often pictured, the happy gambler, with one or more beautiful ladies by his side, as he confidently throws the dice. This crowd pleaser opens the Track with some nice Wah Wah Guitar playing.

For fans of Carlos Santana's Blues Styling, Track 3, "Awful Jealously" will be one to catch your attention, as Mike Goudreau and Company offer up this great Latin Tinged number. One of my early favorites on "Time For Messin' Around". A really well handled song, both Vocally and Musically.

"A little masterpiece of nonsense", is the way Hank Williams described his song "Mind Your Own Business", the first cover on "Time For Messin' Around" and although the original really can't be beat, Mike Goudreau, has still managed to do a awesome job with this song, essentially keeping the tempo pretty close and although he does it in a Stevie Ray Vaughan style, you still get that Country feel for it that Hank had. Great song and another one of my favorites.

"Time For Messin' Around" features 2 more great covers, "Wasn't That A Party" (Tom Paxton), and "She's A Woman" (Lennon/McCartney).

"Wasn't That A Party" is one of my favorite tunes from Canadian Irish Folk group, The Irish Rovers. Mike Goudreau and Company, once again applied their own unique style and for this one, they threw a little Funk into the mix. "Wasn't That A Party" has always been one of my favorite songs to listen to and now thanks to Goudreau, I can now listen to a great Cover of it, as well.

For "She's A Woman", Mike Goudreau had no problem capturing the essence of this Cover, and as with "Wasn't That A Party", he brilliantly added a little Funky style to it, which worked perfectly. Great singing on this number, very reminenscent of Paul MacCartney. A great closing Track.

The remainder of the great Tracks on "Time For Messin' Around", included the Contemporary Blues song, "Blame It On Addiction", a Swingin' Jump Blues number with a nice Rockabilly feel, "She's In The Pocket", a great tune done ZZ Top style, "Should Quite Your Drinkin'", a song that a few of my friends should take note of, a Country Blues/Rockabilly tune, "Love These Blues", and of course, the Trademark French song on the album, "J'essaieral de tenir debout", a wonderfully done bit of Slow Blues which was co-written by Mike Goudreau and longtime friend and co-composer Michel Aubin.

Pascal Per Veillette showed us all his wizardry on Harmonica on "Love These Blues", for which he has been called "Insane Talent" and his playing on this song called, "An Electrifying Performance".

I love great Sax work whenever I hear it, and David Elias certainly hit the spot, with his great Tenor Sax work on "Blame It On Addiction".

Failure to unimpress, is something that Mike Goudreau and which ever group he is with, manage to do brilliantly. His ability to offer up creative new takes on Covers, as well as, his ability to offer up refreshingly new Originals, is something that has certainly set Mike Goudreau and Company, apart.

Another great effort from Mike Goudreau and his cast of wonderful co-writers and musicians.

Thoroughly Enjoyed and Highly Recommended...

C’est à l’adolescence que Mike Goudreau a gratté ses premières cordes de guitares et c’est en se laissant influencer par des modèles comme Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash ou encore les Rolling Stones qu’il se façonnera tranquillement un style qui plus de trente années plus tard est encore bien présent dans sa musique. Auteur, compositeur et chanteur en plus d’être un des guitaristes parmi les plus brillants de sa génération, le Québécois natif du Vermont s’est produit sur les plus prestigieuses planches de la Belle Province et d’ailleurs sous diverses formules puisque l’on croise aussi bien Mike Goudreau en compagnie du Boppin’ Blues Band qu’avec ses amis musiciens ou plus simplement avec son band dans lequel on retrouve Jonathan-Guillaume Boudreau à la basse et Jean-François Bégin à la batterie, la formule se voyant rejointe pour le quatorzième album de l’artiste par David Elias venu poser son sax ténor sur un morceau et par Pascal ‘Per’ Veillette qui réchauffe l’atmosphère de quelques goulées d’harmonica sur deux pièces de plus. Créateur plein d’inspiration, interprète des plus brillants, Mike Goudreau sait se faire aussi charmeur dans ses adaptations toujours très personnelles que dans des pièces originales qu’il écrit aussi bien en Anglais qu’en Français, double culture oblige. Huit compositions cuites à point et croustillantes au possible mais aussi trois covers, « Mind Your Own Business » de Hank Williams, « Wasn’t That A Party » de Tom Paxton et enfin « She’s A Woman » des Beatles, il n’en faut pas plus pour que l’on se sente à son aise dans un ouvrage qui swingue et qui groove du feu de dieu, un véritable album de blues, de blues rock et de rhythm‘n’blues qui fait battre du pied et taper des mains avec des titres pleins de chaleur et de convivialité comme « Toss Down The Dice », « Blame It On Addiction », « J’essaierai de tenir debout » ou « Should Quit Your Drinking ». La voix toujours très déterminée et la guitare aussi brillante dans les structures rythmiques que dans les soli, Mike Goudreau, accompagné il faut le dire d’un band en forme olympique, nous en donne encore plus que tout ce que l’on attendait. Il faudra bien qu’un jour l’hexagone le reconnaisse à sa juste valeur et lui tende les bras pour qu’il vienne enfin dynamiter les planches de notre côté de l’Atlantique … En attendant, on peut toujours commander cet excellent « Time For Messin’ Around » sur le site de l’artiste !

Le Net Blues

Le guitariste et chanteur Mike Goudreau nous présente son 15ème album intitulé TIME FOR MESSIN’ AROUND sur lequel on retrouve onze pièces dont huit compositions originales. L’artiste né au Vermont (USA) réside aujourd’hui à Stanstead en Estrie. Très polyvalent, Mike Goudreau joue du blues, du jazz, chante en français et en anglais, en plus de composer plusieurs chansons pour des séries de télé américaines. Le Mike Goudreau Band, est bien entendu mené par Mike Goudreau à la guitare et à la voix. Celui-ci a réunit ses fidèles complices pour cet enregistrement : Jonathan-Guillaume Boudreau à la basse, Jean-François Bégin à la batterie, David Élias au saxophone ténor ainsi que Pascal «Per» Veillette à l’harmonica.

Dès les premières notes, on remarque la qualité de l’enregistrement et la précision d’un band d’expérience, habitué de jouer ensemble, mais qui a su garder le plaisir de faire du vrai blues. Tout au long de l’album, Mike Goudreau s’amuse à nous transporter d’un style à l’autre: tantôt la guitare de Mike est prédominante, tantôt sa voix versatile prend le dessus pour nous imprégner du feeling du blues. On ressent une maturité dans l’écriture et dans l’interprétation tout au long de l’album.

La pièce TIME FOR MESSIN’ AROUND donne le ton (et le nom) à l’album avec un rythme festif mettant en évidence la basse de J-G Boudreau: mon coup de cœur sur cet album.

Une autre pièce entrainante: SHE’S IN THE POCKET nous fait «swinger» avec une guitare rockabilly et un solo d’harmonica électrisant. Pour continuer encore sur une note joyeuse, la reprise de WASN’T THAT A PARTY (Tom Paxton) sera certainement un succès dans les bars auprès des gens qui font la fête! Le band nous montre aussi de la profondeur lorsqu’il interprète J’ESSAIERAI DE TENIR DEBOUT, un blues langoureux en français.

On conclue l’album par une reprise de SHE’S A WOMAN (J.Lennon-P.McCartney), un incontournable succès des Beatles épicé à la sauce Mike Goudreau.

Assurément, TIME FOR MESSIN’ AROUND constitue un album accompli pour ce maitre du blues et s’avère un excellent ajout à votre collection de disques. Je recommanderais aussi cet album à tous ceux qui désirent s’initier au blues et en découvrir les différents styles.

Avec ses onze pièces bien choisies, Mike Goudreau réussit à nous faire une belle démonstration de cette variété: Texas shuffle, country blues, Southern blues, etc. Le Mike Goudreau Band: du bon blues à consommer et à savourer sans modération!



L.A. Beat

Mike Goudreau and the Boppin’ Blues Band celebrate 20 years of jazzy fueled groove.

I haven’t heard of Sherbrooke, Quebec based blues band Mike Goudreau and the Boppin Blues Band, and it’s my loss. But apparently they have been tearing up stages, mostly in Eastern Canada for the past 20 years and have had their songs in a variety of television shows including “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and many more, especially last year.

But instead of releasing a “greatest hits” CD, they recorded 13 all new original songs for the CD which bear good tidings for the future of the band.They have recently marked that achievement with a new CD, “20 Years of Bop and Blues.” 

The band including guitarist Mike Goudreau, bassist Jonathan Boudreau, drummer Jean François- Bégin, saxophonist David Élias, trombonist Serge Arsenault and special guest harp player Mississippi Heat’s Pierre Lacocque draw a lot from the school of the Powder Blues band, with a big horn section and foot stomping bass grooves coupled with tasteful guitar leads.

Goudreau’s voice is a mix of JW Jones, Elmore James, Colin James and Steve Pineo.They are wildly entertaining right from the beginning notes of the upbeat “I’m Heading Out the Door,” and carry on through “Mean Old Man”. They always play “In The Pocket.”

“Shake a Tailfeather” gives a nod to the blues classic made famous by Ray Charles in the Blues Brothers movie. They sound like they come straight of out Chicago instead of straight out of Quebec. 

And the groovy instrumental “Movin’ To The Groove,” is reminiscent of Five Alarm Funk. 

“Mean Old Man” and “She’s Spreading Rumours” are among my favourites if I had to pick a couple.

“Happy Birthday Blues,” is an interesting angle to take for a break-up song, but they do it well, especially with a bluesy deep south New Orleans horn arrangement. 

The one French language song from this Quebec band, “Ca Peut Pas Marcher, ” is also a highlight.

But it is mostly the horns that make the Cd throughout, though the guitar solo on the latter is a highlight as well.

They end with a beautiful guitar solo and some more big, jazzy horns on “See You Later Babe.”

Association BLUES & CO

Mike Goudreau m’avait goinfré de régalade avec son album précédent, le merveilleux « Blues et Cetera », et je crois bien que je l’avais plus que dit à qui voulait l’entendre, même les sourds l’ont certainement entendu…. Donc un nouvel album du Mike sur le point d’être nourrinné, c’est l’annonce d’un moment magique et l’assurance d’entendre de l’excellent, pour ne pas dire plus, blues.


En plus, cet album, il l’a mis en boite pour fêter l’anniversaire de son Boppin’ Blues Band, qui a vingt ans d’existence, vingt ans à peaufiner l’ouvrage, vingt ans de galères et de moments d’exception, vingt ans à jouer ensemble, alors pensez bien que faut marquer le coup….. Et le coup ben il est marqué plutôt mille fois qu’une !!!!


Pour l’occase Mike s’est fendu de treize nouvelles tunes, treize tunes qui représentent toute l’étendue de son répertoire, treize petits bijoux qui nous promènent du Blues Jazzy au Gospel en passant par le Swing, la Soul, le Texas, Chicago, Memphis, Détroit, etc….. Promenade qui passe même par le Blues en Français avec un « Ca peut pas marcher » de superbe facture.


Un album aux multiples facettes qui représente parfaitement ce que Mike et son Boppin’ sont capables de produire que ce soit sur album et bien sûr, en live, expérience qui doit valoir son pesant de frissons….. Peut-être les verrons-nous un jour en France sur l’un des fabuleux festivals dit de « Blues » qui occupent nos étés !!!! (Non là je déconne…. Pensez bien, prennent pas des risques inconsidérés.)


Mike est, comme à son habitude, étonnant à la guitare, instrument qui doit faire partie de lui tellement il le manie avec aisance, facilité et en tire des choses stupéfiantes sans jamais sombrer dans le bruit et les solis interminables. Non il se fait cela à la délicate, tout en marquant bien les pleins et les déliés, mais cet album est également marqué par le Mike Goudreau chanteur, un poil crooner sur les bords à la voix soyeuse, fine et racée, un grand chanteur…. On parle du taulier, certes sa prestation est magique, mais le dit taulier laisse de la place aux collègues, une place énorme et les collègues se privent pas pour mettre leur grain de zique, huit musiciens total en osmose : Jonathan Boudreau (basse), JF Béguin (drums), David Ellas (saxs), Maxime Saint-Pierre (trompette), Serge Arsenault (trombone), Larrie Goodman (orgue) et l’invité de luxe Pierre Lacoque (harmo), que du client de premier choix.


Un magnifique album au groove monstrueux.


Blues Underground Network

Review by John Vermilyea ( Blues Underground Network )

2012 marks the 20th Anniversary for Mike Goudreau & The Boppin' Blues Band and over those 20 years, they have not only gained the respect of their peers, but also many accolades from their critics. "20 Years Of Bop & Blues" marks that milestone with 13 new and original songs that offer up a unique tapestry of music, ranging from Swing to Gospel and many other styles in between.

"20 Years Of Bop & Blues" marks their 6th album, and although that may not seem like a lot over a 20 year span, once you are aware of Mike Goudreau & The Boppin' Blues Band and their music, it becomes quite apparent that it is more about quality than quantity.

Of the 13 new and original songs on "20 Years Of Bop & Blues", all of them were written by Mike Goudreau, with additional co-writing credits going to Jonathan Boudreau (Movin' To The Groovin & In The Pocket), Lorrie Goodman (I'll Be On Your Side & See You Later Babe), Jean Francois Begin (In The Pocket), and Michel Aubin (Ca Peut Pas Marcher). Michel Aubin was the only co-writer that was not a member of the band.

"20 Years Of Bop & Blues" starts the show rolling in great Boppin' Blues style with the opener 'I'm Headin' Out The Door', and right then you know you are in for a great ride. Nice Guitar work from Mike Goudreau as well as great signature Vocals from Mike, as well.

Next up, 1 of my early favorites 'Mean Old Man', was a song that had a nice ZZ Top reminiscent riff throughout.

Track 4, 'I'll Be On My Way' gets the Harmonica groove going courtesy of Special Guest Pierre Lacocque. In addition to Harmonica, Pierre Lacocque is also the Band Leader and Songwriter for the famed Chicago Blues band Mississippi Heat. Fantastic Harp work, with the rest of the band helping out on this one, especially the great beat kept by Jean Francois Begin on Drums and once again spot on Guitar from Mike. Another one of my favorite Tracks. 

One thing that really stands out on this album was not only Mike Goudreau's amazing Guitar work, but also his Vocals, which reminded me just a bit of Michael Buble. Mike really got a fine silky smoothness to his singing. This comes through on all the Tracks especially Track 5 'She's Spreadin' Rumors', which also has a dynamite close by David Ellas on Sax.

Track 7, 'Movin' To The Groovin' is the instrumental on "20 Years Of Bop & Blues" and while it gave Mike a rest on Vocals, it doesn't give a rest to the instrumentalists as they really do get in the Groove and show off all their immense talent. This one has got a nice little Jazzy feel to it and I quite liked it.

Track 11 'I Had To Draw The Line' slows it down a bit as Mike gets a little Soulful and once again lets his Vocals shine. As always the Band, especially the Horn section, bring it all together as they weave in and out of this song with their magic. Great work also from Lorrie Goodman on Organ.

For Track 12, Mike Goudreau & The Boppin' Blues Band switched it up a bit with a song with all French lyrics, and I for one am really happy they did. 'Ca Peut Pas Marcher' is not the first time French songs have appeared on Mike Goudreau & The Boppin' Blues Band albums, in fact their 4th album was an all French album of 12 original blues songs. Great work again especially from David Ellas who once again shines on Sax, as he takes over for nearly a minute of this song. Mike Goudreau finishes off the Track with his sizzling Guitar work. Again a song with a little bit of Jazzy feel and just a hint of a Santana feel beat to it. 

"20 Years Of Bop & Blues" closes with 'See You Later Babe', the longest Track on the album, and they do so in fine Mike Goudreau & The Boppin' Blues Band style. Everyone gets a chance to get in on the action and shine on this one; a really great choice for the closer. 

Mike Goudreau & The Boppin' Blues Band, have once again done what they do best, and that is bringing their special style of Boppin Blues to the forefront. 

"20 Years Of Bop & Blues" was a 5 year wait from their 2007 release "Boppin 15" and considering the music on this one, the wait was well worth it. 

"20 Years Of Bop & Blues" is another winner from one of Canada's finest bands. 

Review by John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)


Blues Revue Magazine

BLUES REVIEW magazine ( Issue #109 - Dec/Jan 2008 , page 75 ) Quebec's Mike Goudreau & The Boppin' Blues Band split the difference between seven newly recorded offerings ans eight past glories on the self-released Boppin 15. A hearty vocalist and effective guitarist who plays snarling, tightly wound leads, Goudreau fronts a sharp band featuring keys, a couple of horns, and harp in addition to the basic bass-and-drums rhythm section. The material is strong, with originals like the western swing " Way Down South " and the Francophone Chicago shuffle " Le Blues des Loups "enlivening more traditional fare like the rubbery contemporary funk-blues " I Dig My Job " ( the guitar break, anchored by big doublestop bends and adorned with sparkling pick harmonics is marvelous ) , the jumping " Juke Joint Café " and a reworking that grafts Hank Ballard's " Look At Little Sister " to a backscratching groove. A highly enjoyable set. Tom Hislop

Blues Revue Magazine

Blues Revue Magazine - # 102 OCT-NOV 2006 Mike Goudreau Band " The Grass Ain't Greener " PMG-CD-07 Another quality Canadian blues act largely unknown in the States,guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Mike Goudreau splits his time between jazz and blues bands, He has also released a Christmas album, a disc of pop standards, and even a blues set sung entirely in French, none of which have been picked up by an American label. Yet he toils away, giging steadily in Quebec and creating a buzz that only occasionally crosses the border. In a perfect world , The Grass Ain't Greener would put Goudreau on the radar. Solid and unpretentious, the guitarist's clean lines propel good-time sometimes driving blues that swings with snappy sincerity and crisp energy. Like his home country, Goudreau isn't terribly aggressive, preferring to go about his business without much fuss. While this album pushes no boundaries, it demonstrates a sure sence of style and dedication to craft that separates the good from the mere competent. Goudreau occasionally tears into a meaty guitar solo, as on the tough, Texas-style " I Had Me A Woman", but he generally keeps the flame on low boil. Harpist Harmonica Zeke sings two songs and adds Chicago-style blowing on others. On the title track, Goudreau and Zeke unfurl an upbeat groove that succeeds on chops and energy, if not originality. Covers of " Mercury Blues", " Caldonia ", and interestingly, the Beatles' " Oh ! Darling " providethe most head-turning moments, but the rest slip into the band's tight yet comfortable vibe. Goudreau has a pleasant voice, somewhat like Steve Miller,and never over extends his range or tries to sound artificially soulful. Easygoing ? Sure. Predictable ? To a certain extent. Boring ? Never.Goudreau presents this material with the heart and soul of a musician who just happens to live in a country than his musical inspirations, and he makes the most of his situation. More stateside visibility couldn't hurt,but Goudreau doesn't sound the type who chases fame. If he keeps releasing solid albums like this on his native turf, the audience will find him. Hal Horowitz

Le Net Blues

Mike Goudreau Blues Et Cetera Inspiré ce Mike Goudreau! Ce 10e album intitulé Blues Et Cetera présente, à mon avis une admirable continuité de l’auteur compositeur interprète. L’album précédent Boppin’15 rend justice à ces 15 dernières années de scène. Certains titres francophones tel Le Blues des loups et Ma meilleure amie font maintenant partie de notre terroir du blues. Album après album, Mike nous fait un peu sortir des sentiers battus. C’est d’ailleurs cette particularité qui ajoute un ingrédient de plus à ses nouveaux albums. Cette fois-ci, il va plus loin et pour ce faire, 14 musiciens poussent la note bleu sur les 15 titres proposés du nouvel opus. À la deuxième pièce Why'd I drink so much est du pur Mike Goudreau avec grande orchestration et section cuivre où l’on retrouve Roger Walls y allant de solos de trompette plantureux et très saisissant. Ça se poursuit un peu plus loin avec la pièce Chicken Boogaloo, un style country blues et Crazy Johnny, un rock'n'roll bien senti d’une couleur Chuck Berry. Il n’y a pas que ses petites sorties de piste dont j’aimerais vous parler, il y a aussi les pièces Change my mind, I’m still cryin et Let me down easily, du blues corsé et des solos de guitares signé Mike Goudreau. Un autre généreux album et original qu’il ajoute à sa collection. Le mariage de style musical est réussit et l’harmonie avec le blues en fait l’un de ses meilleurs crus. Réjean Nadon