Guitarist, singer and songwriter Jonathan Gaudet owes as much to blues legend Robert Johnson than he does to slide genius Bob Brozman and ukulele poet Thomas Fersen. His music is at the crossroad of crispy French and Spanish folksongs and high adrenaline Delta blues. All of it delivered with the unmistakable flavour of his all-steel resonator guitar.
Born in 1977 - the year Elvis died - in a French Canadian family, Jonathan Gaudet traveled the world tirelessly. His story spans over twenty countries, from Quebec City to Buenos Aires, through the bayous of Louisiana to the streets of Prague, and now in Vienna where he lives since 2015. This is a journey between space and time… with that old devil spirit in the driver’s seat.
“His guitar playing and voice quality approach the ones of black blues musicians” says Adriana Semlova (Topzine) “a bluesy tribute to the masters”. With more than 250 concerts in the last few years and three albums behind him, Jonathan Gaudet gives an energetic performance every time, growling the blues like there is no tomorrow. His albums Down the Bayou Blues (2007), Dans ma Cuisine (2009) and Carnaval (2010) are testimonials of his dedication to exploring new musical horizons.
“In concert, I like to use different instruments, says Jonathan, I play my Amistar Tricone Resonator and Fender Acoustic Guitar, but I also experiment quite a lot on the Ukulele and the nylon strings Classical Guitar. I want to give a new twist to old standards, as well as push things further with my own songs. Most of all, I want to have fun on stage and dialogue with the audience. That’s the whole point.”
Playing solo, duo, trio or with a quartet, Jonathan Gaudet always have new musical projects on the way. After a successful Tribute to Robert Johnson – King of the Delta Blues and two years of concerts with his band The Jonathan Gaudet Hot Four, he now goes back to the more intimate setting of smaller ensemble, without losing any of his drive.
“Canadian Jonathan Gaudet brings new life into traditional blues classics in every energetic performances. (Czechblues.com, 2009)”