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Homegrown Montrealer Justin Saladino leads a guitar-driven roots rock group. Following their 2016 EP release No Worries, the Justin Saladino Band brought their music to audiences at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Rogers Cup, Trois-Rivière en Blues and the Toronto Blues Society Blues Summit. In 2018, at the 21st annual Maple Blues Awards the Justin Saladino Band was nominated for “New Artist of the Year.” The group's first LP, A Fool’s Heart is set for release on May 11, 2018.
At 23 years old, Justin has been on the scene for over a decade. Having performed alongside the likes of Victor Wainwright, Steve Strongman, Frank Marino, Paul Deslauriers, Jack de Keyzer, and Ronnie Baker Brooks; he’s seen first hand how it’s done. Learning from the masters and translating these experience into his own project, the Justin Saladino Band puts on a dynamic show, demonstrating a wide palette of sounds from heavy blues/rock riffs to folky acoustic tones all while keeping the audience grooving.
"Growing up with a plethora of music at my fingertips, I’ve made daily travels into the time machines recorded by my heroes", says Saladino. "Developing a taste and ear for sounds that bleed over the genres and generations of the past century, this record is an amalgam of the music that has touched me up to now."
A Fools Heart is 12 original tracks from an ambitious group of young musicians. With Saladino on guitar/vocals, Gabriel Forget on bass, A.J. Aboud on drums and Felix Blackburn on guitar, the guitar-driven album is infused with the textures of R&B melodies, country/soul, funk/rock grooves and, of course, the blues.
Upcoming Festival Dates
Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival
June 1st - Black Wolf Smokehouse
June 2nd - Royal LePage Main Stage
Tremblant International Blues Festival:
July 6 - Fat Mardis
July 7 - Bullseyes
July 8 - Scène Vieux-Tremblant Stage
Lighthouse Blues Festival
July 14th - SEP Stage
Festival de Blues de Donnacona
August 12 - Guitar Explosion with Steve Strongman and David Gogo
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