Blues/Rock: The Cole Patenaude Band - Are You Happy Now? (Independent / 24 July 2020)

The Cole Patenaude Band - Are You Happy Now?
(Independent / 24 July 2020) 

Big vocals and infectious grooves make up this release from The Cole Patenaude Band. It's modern blues with a classic sensibility, anchored by solid musicianship and upbeat songwriting. 
Cole Patenaude Band

Keyboard player Dean Thiessen and Patenaude on guitar trade off solos and melodic lines to keep it interesting through a range of bluesy style, incorporating rock and country, with a pop song sheen on songs like For the Money. Would You Be Mine is more Elvis-esque rockabilly, while How To Love is an acoustic song with folky storytelling lyrics and feel. 

Compromise is a standout track, with a snarly guitar line and a churchy organ swelling underneath a nice bluesy beat. Horns aren't credited in the notes, but I swear I heard some on this and a couple of the other tracks. 

As a husband, father, and full-time mechanic based in Langley, British Columbia, finding the time to make his music was a challenge that many people will relate to. It's a good thing he was able to time manage his way into this entertaining full-length album. 

Musician Names/Instruments: Cole Patenaude: Vocals and Guitar; Dean Thiessen: Organ and Piano; Carson Tworow: Drums; Derek Maroney: Bass 

Tracklist: 1. Letchugo 2. For The Money 3. Would You Be Mine 4. How To Love 5. Compromise 6. Good Enough 7. Barely Alive 8. I Need A Win 9. Are You Happy Now? 

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A live version of the title track: