The harvest was good for J.D. Slim and he is reaping its fruits today. Such as the twelve works of Hercules, the veteran guitarist, has put his signature on an ambitious referential work that testifies to the journey traveled in thirty years of his career.

With a little distance, one realizes that the songs on this new opus are a jubilation of hazards, detours sometimes obliged on the secondary roads of America and of stimulating encounters with musicians also inhabited by the passion for rock and blues like his, privileged witnesses of his evolution in Quebec for three decades.

These hazards, J.D. Slim has grouped them in a single garden, that of his "white album", ultimate beatlesque metaphor based on the concept of the double disc with its kaleidoscope of styles. In all, 31 pieces in this autobiographical anthology, each revealing a slice of life, his life: Jean-Denis Bélanger, born in Mont-Louis in Gaspésie, better known under the pseudonym J.D. Slim..

With a first listen, his guitar picking easily recalls that of Chet Atkins or Ry Cooder's Paris Texas era. His electric solos are incisive and reach the plexus, his sense of melody is always at the service of the song. Here, no brawl, no endless solos, everything is calibrated and flowing from directly the source. Four aces? À Montréal, c’est le blues qu’on aime, Marianne, Quelle chance de vivre, and J’aime ça quand t’es là. Authentic J.D. Slim.   - Claude Côté 2015

Photo front cover: GUY LABISSONNIÈRE  /  Photo inside flap: DANIEL DESMARAIS

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MUSICIANS:

Lead & background vocals, guitars, dobro, ukulele, bass, keyboards, harmonica: J.D. Slim.
Background vocals: Breen Leboeuf, Bob Walsh, Jim Zeller, J.F. Paradis, Robert David.
Drums & percussions: J.F. Paradis, Jimmy Ayoub, Stan Deguire, Christian Lajoie, Bruno Roy.

Bass: Stephen Barry, Marc Deschênes, Breen Leboeuf.
Slide guitar: Gaston Gagnon, Dobro: Henri Breton.
Harmonica: Rick L. Blues, Pat Loiselle, Jim Zeller.
Ukulele: Marc Chassé, Hammond B3: Michel Chasles.
Saxophone & accordion: Robert David.

Special guests on À MONTRÉAL, C'EST LE BLUES QU'ON AIME:
Second lead vocal: Bob Walsh.
Mandolin: Pat Loiselle.
Guitar: Louis Janelle, Henri Breton, Michel St-Pierre, Steve Rowe , Gaston Gagnon.
Harmonica: Guy Bélanger, Pat Loiselle, Rick L. Blues.