New Brunswick music fans sing the blues after the death of one of the province’s greatest blues talents.
Paul Boudreau, who played bass for Moncton’s Glamor Puss Blues Band, died Saturday morning after a short battle with cancer.
He would have turned 67 next month.
His groupmate Travis Furlong said Boudreau discovered a lump about six weeks ago, which turned out to be an aggressive form of cancer.
“By the time they found out what it was, he only had a few days left,” Furlong said.
“So it was quite tragic and sad.”
Furlong described Boudreau as a “passionate” music enthusiast, strongly opinionated but also a “gentle man”.
Open group for BB King, won 3 ECMA
Boudreau performed in several groups before becoming one of the founding members of the Glamor Puss Blues Band.
While they were bassists of the group, they won three ECMAs for best blues recording.
Their self-titled debut album was released in 1997.
The band recorded four more, ending in 2005 with “Bluesman’s Prayer,” an album recorded at a church in Upper Cape near Port Elgin.
Glamor Puss then opened for blues legends like BB King and they provided the soundtrack for Tourism NB commercials in the early 2000s.
Furlong said the band was active for 21 years, touring 13 of those years and performing their last show at the Harvest Music Festival in Fredericton in 2016.
He said he remembers his friend’s work ethic and his ability to keep the show going no matter what.
“We were playing [Nice, France] and we were inside the club on the platform and everything… and he was electrocuted at the concert, ”Furlong said.
“We picked him up. We put him on a bench and resuscitated him and we did the gig. He was just unstoppable.”
Furlong also remembers an incident where Boudreau fell off the stage, injured his knee to the point where he suffered for a year, but continued with the show.
‘Hearts and Minds’
He said he was able to speak with Boudreau on Friday before his death.
“I said, ‘You’ll never leave,’” Furlong said.
“‘You recorded music that will last forever, and there will always be fans out there … You will always be in people’s hearts and minds.'”