At 58, Roch Voisine has lost none of his legendary charisma. Back on the stage after a forced pandemic stop, the singer and his band of musicians were delighted to return to the stage – that of the Étoile Banque Nationale de Brossard – Thursday evening to celebrate the 10the anniversary of the Americana phenomenon.
This first of two consecutive sold-out nights at the Étoile Banque Nationale was special. Because it was the postponed show that was originally scheduled to take place in April 2020 and because the singer yearned to be able, finally, to blow out the 10 candles ofAmericana with his old friends. A decade that should have been marked in 2020, but whose pandemic will have stealthily postponed the festivities.
To feast, Roch was not alone. Accompanied on stage by five friends, musicians and singers. Jean Sébastien Baciu in musical direction and on bass, Éric Sauvé on keyboards, Éric Lawrence (pedal steel, banjo and dobro guitar), Olivier Laroche on guitar and Marie-Andrée Robichaud on voice. Together, they revived the great American country-folk-rock hits of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s found on volumes I, II and III ofAmericana.
“Are you happy to be here?” the singer asked, cowboy boots on his feet, presenting his Americana “adapted to the pandemic”. U.S. too ! Thank you very much for getting vaccinated, so we can come and see you. “
More than twenty great classics of folk and rock music have come to put a balm – joyful, country and with Cajun accents – on the loneliness which weighed on public and artists during the last months.
Baptized Americana Light, this new tour presents an original, naked and intimate version of this concert teeming with nostalgia. Pieces with modified musical arrangements and on stage, a simple decor reminiscent of Louisiana bars: a few fake oil barrels topped with Route 66 stickers, a small raised stage and, of course, several guitars.
A 90-minute show without an intermission that beautifully highlights the half a million albums sold, the 250,000 spectators and the hundred sold-out concerts of the adventure. Americana.
Among the beautiful covers of the evening, let us note Suspicious Minds d’Elvis Presley en version cajun, The Gambler by Kenny Rogers who died in March 2020, (artist Roch Voisine said he saw once in a show), Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty (whom he delivered on video with his fictional band The Silver Foxes created during the pandemic), Heart of Gold de Neil Young, Take Me Home Country Roads of John Denver, Hello lovers by Jo Dassin, Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash and Pretty Woman which moved the crowd (and a battery appeared on stage). Mile after mile by Willie Lamothe “the true representative of country in Quebec” also made the crowd sing.
Americana I was launched in 2010, while the volumes II and III were unveiled to the Canadian public in 2011, the same year Roch Voisine celebrated his 25-year career. The singer, originally from Edmundston, New Brunswick, has released 28 albums in his 35-year career.
Roch Voisine continues his tour Americana Light across Quebec. He will be at the Théâtre Capitole in Quebec on October 28 and 29 and at Salle André-Mathieu in Laval on October 7. For more dates and tickets: https://rochvoisine.com