Ron Leary brought the trio down for a show in my hometown of Lasalle, Ontario a few weeks ago. It was a chilly night for the fingers but we had an enjoyable night of playing and drinking a few tasty miniature craft beers. Thanks to Justin David Photography for capturing some great shots from the performance!
We are a few shows in on a tour of the province of Quebec with jazz/pop chanteuse Jill Barber. It’s an enjoyable time with lots of musical space and good people with Robbie Grunwald (piano) and Steve Zsirai (upright bass) doing great work and being fun to be around.
In honour of the French music we are playing nightly, here is a video the full band recorded at the CBC studios in Toronto in the summer as part of the Songwriters Hall of Fame of which this video was part of its induction. This song “Vivre En Amour” was made a hit in the mid 1970’s and was written by Luc Cousineau and Roger Magnan.
The four of us continue the tour until the 30th of October. Check the SHOWS page for dates.
Here is an intimate moment from the Royal Wood show at The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario from last summer. The show’s audio and visuals were recorded and recently released as a live DVD fittingly entitled Royal Wood: Live At The Grand. The band consisted of Mark Mariash (drums), Steve Zsirai (bass), Bryden Baird (horn, keys, percussion) and myself.
Video was directed by Mitch Fillion and the audio was mixed by Tim Abraham.
Nearly a year ago to the day producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda invited me to Revolution Recording for a few days of recording with Canadian-American-Cree singer and songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie. Michael was one of three producers to be working on this album, the others being Jon Levine and Chris Birkett. I joined a great team of musicians: Mark Mariash on drums, Maury Lafoy on bass and Aaron Davis on keys. Buffy’s live drummer Michel Bruyere also joined us for the first day of beds tracking.
Buffy appears to mean business when she enters a room and you feel it, but she does so with a smile that brings you an instant connection to her. However it’s also immediately apparent that she is in charge of the gig and the room. What I really enjoyed about working with her was the encouragement and the freedom offered. She wanted to hear everyone’s opinions and ideas, just wanting us to bring the goods and feel part of it. It was an honour and pleasure to work with such a legendary and talented artist and with a passionate creative team.
Power In The Blood is a bold, adventurous and strong piece of work. It is slick and rock and roll at the same time and has an attitude even when it is gentle. Check it.
Dean Drouillard is a producer, musician, and music creator living in Toronto, Canada. Over the last several years he has produced music for Royal Wood, Justin Rutledge, Jeffery Straker, Christine Bougie and Field Assembly. He has contributed his guitar playing to recordings for Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sarah Harmer, Amelia Curran, Hannah Georgas and Sarah Slean. Aside from touring with several of these artists he has spent time on the road with Jill Barber, Matthew Barber, Howie Beck & Ron Leary. Dean is also a restless, genre-evading composer and songwriter with several solo releases.