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«If the true test of a great artist is that you can recognize him within the first few bars of the song then Mike Goudreau is a great artist. There is an instantly recognizable boppin’, swingin’ joie de vivre style to everything he does whether it’s jazz or blues.» James Doran, Choose The Blues Productions
“T.G.I.F.” – 16th album for Mike Goudreau:
Coming in March 2014, Stanstead QC – Mike Goudreau launches his 16th album, “T.G.I.F.” (Thank God It’s Friday), comprising 12 new compositions from the Eastern Townships blues and jazzman.
For the occasion, Goudreau sings, plays bass, guitars and 6-string banjo, as well as being the composer and writer on all 12 tracks. He’s accompanied by long-time cronies, brilliant saxophonist Dany Roy (Garou, Bet.e & Stef, Susie Arioli), Maxime St Pierre on trumpet (Michel Cusson, Alain Caron, Pagliaro ), Serge Arsenault on trombone, Stéphane Jetté on drums and the fleet-fingered Nino Fabi on keyboards.
For “T.G.I.F.”, Goudreau pulls out all the stops with an eclectic mix of styles and grooves on this album. The title track “T.G.I.F’’ is a dynamic jump blues, a signature style that has set Goudreau apart from many of his peers with that contagious swing that he’s become so well known for these past 20 years! Other surprises are blues rock songs “No Guitar Hero”, “Don’t Get Close To You”, influenced by the music of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Robben Ford and Eric Clapton. We find other influences such as Dixieland jazz on “Jack’s Place”, country blues on “I Got Your Letter”, jazz on the instrumentals “Swingin’ The M & M” and “Blue Note Shuffle”, a touch of gospel on “Give Me Faith” and funk on “Chillin’ The Funk”, all of which showcase that Goudreau remains much more than a one-trick pony.
Recorded and mixed in his hometown of Stanstead at Studio Bleuciel, and mastered at Sage Audio in Nashville, Tennessee, this recording sounds like a big blues production from the USA, which is a great testimony of how Mike’s production skills have blossomed over the past 20 years. That’s another reason why Goudreau’s music has been heard on dozens of US network TV and films as well as web commercials and Youtube videos, something not many other Canadian blues artists/writers have achieved. Yet despite these successes, he still remains one of Canada’s best kept blues and jazz secrets!
For the past 6 years, Mike’s songs have aired on several network TV shows in the US and Europe, such 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) and Hung (HBO), most notably.
In 2013, Mike’s original songs were also heard in the Hollywood film West End, the TV movie Bonnie & Clyde and the French film Love Is In The Air.