From his first performance in a high school band in 1970 at age 13, singer, songwriter and blues veteran, René Cadieux has embarked on a remarkable musical journey spanning four decades of stellar performances that include appearances and studio sessions with Quebec icons, Offenbach, Corbeau, and ongoing collaboration with blues legends Jim Zeller and (former Offenbach drummer) Bob Harrisson. Presently providing a vintage edge to the re-styled, timeless rock sounds of the rising Quebec ensemble Motel 72 (winners of the 2014 Jury prize at the Pully/Lavaux music fest in Switzerland); René Cadieux continues to add to his quintessential repertoire of ever evolving blues and rock musical mastery.
After a period devoted to reflective songwriting and production work in the 90's, René returned to live performance after teaming up with Motel 72 vocalist and guitarist Martin Perrault. Signing on as keyboard player for the band, he integrated his seasoned blues panache with the stylized and definitive sound of a new generation of young musicians to create a unique melodic infusion culminating in the release of the album "Eldorado" (Productions Camille 2013). A solo recording of original work and standard blues interpretations, simply titled, "Cadieux", followed that same year. A respected musical veteran René Cadieux has been living for the past 20 odd years in the Laurentians (just north of Montréal) - a region increasingly recognized for its flourishing music and art scene as much as its lush natural beauty - where he has established himself as a veritable mainstay within the cornucopia of Quebec musical culture.
From his early 70's nightclub performances and subsequent metamorphoses from front man of the Cadbury Brothers Blues Band in the 80's, followed by an enduring stint as a solo act (René Cadieux Blues Band); to his extensive festival touring and alliances with luminaries like Marc Gabriel, Joel Denis, Martin Stevens and a Place des Arts performance with Marc Gelinas in 1998, René Cadieux has traversed a vibrant musical spectrum that continues to ride on the many shades of the blues and beyond.
Sébastien De Francesco