Lo­cal blues­man is At It Again

The Glengarry News - - News - BY MAR­GARET CALDBICK News Staff

Fas­ten your seat­belts. Here comes blues gui­tarist Paolo Stante with an elec­tri­fy­ing new al­bum called At It Again, a rockin’ mu­si­cal road trip with stops in Texas and the Mis­sis­sippi Delta, Mem­phis and Chicago, and fi­nally in Mon­treal where the Glen­garry ex-pat now lives.

Now, the Paolo Stante Band is booked to play The At­lantic Pub and Eatery in Alexan­dria on Satur­day night, Sept. 15.

Lo­cal blues fans are al­ready spread­ing the word.

Some of them went to high school with him. Stante grew up in Glen Robertson and was an hon­our role stu­dent be­fore head­ing to Mon­treal to study at the McGill Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic. At Glen­garry Dis­trict High School, he was spot­ted by mu­sic teach­ers Brian and El­iz­a­beth Cad­dell, who, with­out his knowl­edge, signed him on to play school events, some­thing he cred­its for help­ing him move smoothly to the pro­fes­sional stage.

Wear­ing his trade­mark avi­a­tors, his wild flaxen-coloured tresses fall­ing to his shoul­ders, and lean­ing back for an­other elec­tri­fy­ing gui­tar solo moment, 29-year-old Stante con­jures up the im­age of “the whitest man ever to play the blues,” Texas al­bino gui­tar leg­end Johnny Win­ter.

It’s in Mon­treal where Stante fell in with his new col­lab­o­ra­tors, vet­eran blues rock­ers bass player Mario Orsini and drum­mer David Paul Neil.

But de­spite his busy sched­ule gig­ging, Stante re­turns of­ten to visit his fam­ily in Glen Robertson, see old friends, and play lo­cal venues in­clud­ing re­cently back­ing up the Cad­dells in a Grotto con­cert in Alexan­dria.

But home now is Mon­treal, the north­ern city where the blues has fo­mented since the late ‘20s when Rock­head's Par­adise, the club with the long­est bar in the city at 75 feet, drew some of the big­gest names in blues and jazz.

Loyal fans

Mon­treal was known as the “Har­lem of the North” and still re­mains a place where the blues has a pas­sion­ate and sub­stan­tial au­di­ence.

One blues hot spot is Smoke Meat Pete blue nights where Stante hosts jam nights and where he has gained an im­pres­sive fol­low­ing.

In the au­di­ence re­cently was a party from South Glen­garry in­clud­ing David An­der­son who re­ported: “Last evening's Paolo Stante Band blues jam at Smoke Meat Pete's in Ile Per­rot was first rate, with im­pec­ca­ble en­ergy. I'm a fan and be­liever! He said he would be play­ing in Glen­garry the 15th. I want to be there.”

For more in­for­ma­tion and to hear tracks from the new al­bum, visit Paolo Stante on Face­book or at www.paolostante.com

MAR­GARET CALDBICK PHOTO

BACK WITH THE BLUES: Glen­garry blues rock gui­tarist Paolo Stante per­forms at The At­lantic in Alexan­dria on Septem­ber 15. The Paolo Band is drum­mer David Paul Neil (left), Paolo Stante, and Mario Orsini on bass.

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