During the Montreal Jazz Festival, friends and I caught the folky blues stylings of Dawn Tyler Watson and Paul Deslauriers. They opened with an impressively fantastic cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together” and later brought on some laughter with their song about how Blues has the world by the balls. With the vocal range of Montreal’s “Queen of Blues” and Deslauriers’s six-string guitar and vocal chords, the duo filled the stage and street with their presence. Watson also provided brass through humming like a trombone, which was interesting and different. We liked them enough that we were disgruntled and disappointed when the duo’s evening set was cancelled due to a programming error. Some consolation was purchasing their album and knowing we’ll be able to see them, en duo or separately, again in between their tours in and out of Canada.
En Duo‘s cover reflects Dawn Tyler Watson and Paul Deslauriers‘s relaxed music stylings. Like in their performances, the album contains solo and harmonious vocals, Deslauriers on guitar, and Watson‘s mouth trombone. The songs range from ballads to roadhouse blues and from folk to R&B. The album only features two songs written by Watson, “Boozin'” and “Why”, but they add their own earthly and sometimes fiery twists to classic songs written by Smokey Robinson, Steve Earle, Paul Simon, among others. En Duo is a beautiful, leisurely listen that would be well accompanied with lemonade on a summer’s day.
What’s your latest musical discovery? What music festivals do you enjoy attending?