Justin Saladino Band releases ‘Honest Lies’ album

Honest Lies, the new album by Montreal blues and roots rock guitarist, songwriter and bandleader Justin Saladino is out now. Americana Highways raves, “this band has infectious music on their menu. Canadian Saladino has a bluesy tinge to their voice and they have great intonation, phrasing and style.”

American Blues Scene premiered the album’s lead single and cheered, “Sink or Swim,” “is a clear harbinger of what’s to come for these musicians. The song delivers a delightful cornucopia of distinctive blues, roots and textures of Southern rock. Additionally, the new album marks a more punchy transition from what can be heard on 2018’s A Fool’s Heart.”

The ten original songs from the Ariel Posen (The Bros. Landreth) produced album, Honest Lies, explore themes surrounding interpersonal relationships, social and political issues, the perception of truth and being honest with oneself.

Recorded at Tone Bender Studios in Saladino’s hometown of Montreal, the album is steeped in the warmth, reverb and history of the vintage analog gear the band used in those sessions. Honest Lies follows the bandleader’s natural evolution further into roots-rock and blues with his deft guitar playing and carefully crafted soulful melodies that showcase his authentic, hard-hitting lyrics.

“The oxymoron, Honest Lies, is the central theme of the album. It’s about the stories we tell ourselves,” Saladino explains. “It’s not necessarily about pure dishonesty, but about the idea that we’re brainwashing ourselves, consciously or unconsciously, into believing we’re telling the truth when we’re not being sincere on a fundamental level with ourselves. Like a well-meaning politician or media with the “people’s best interests in mind”, two partners avoiding true vulnerability and biting their lip, or someone’s insecurity about X showing up. as a prejudice against Y”.

Earlier in 2022, Justin Saladino Band debuted many songs on Honest Lies during their performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival. “For any Montrealer to play a festival in our own backyard that is also recognized internationally as one of the coolest festivals is a real treat,” says Saladino.

Recently the band performed on Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea VII cruise, which found JSB sharing the stage with Jimmy Vivino, Keb ‘Mo’ and Joe Bonamassa, himself.

In 2018, the 21st Annual Maple Blues Awards nominated Justin Saladino Band for New Artist of the Year in Canada. The following year, Blues and Roots Radio recognized JSB’s country-crossover song, “Third Week of June”, as Song of the Year 2018 in the group category. The group was also selected to represent Quebec and compete with over 200 other artists from around the world at the 2019 International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee, organized by The Blues Foundation.

The band are no strangers to major festivals, having played several times at the Tremblant International Blues Festival, the Montreal International Jazz Festival as well as the Ottawa BluesFest and Festival d’Été de Québec in 2019. also appeared at the bi-annual Pan-Canadian Blues Summit held in Toronto.

Justin Saladino Band will play select dates throughout 2022, including their album release show on September 22 at Petit Campus in Montreal.

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