Rock N Roll Indian Cowboy
Wayne Lavallee is a two time Juno nominee & winner for “Best folk acoustic album” “Best rock album” & “Best male artist” at the 2010 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards.
Upon reviewing the new release “Trail of Tears”, Crossroads Magazine in France stated, “He is a superb storyteller, a gifted singer and a guitarist par excellence. I don’t know if the spirits haunted these sessions, but there is magic in every song.” He has created a gritty and deeply personal set of songs, filled with captivating performances and of course, his trademark keening voice.
The album was released in Europe(France) on the Dixiefrog lable, Wayne has been touring across France – garnering glowing press reviews along the way: “The voice of Wayne Lavallee taps into his mystical roots…an album that is supernatural and enchanting.” Offered The Review BCR and Guitarist Magazine proclaimed “This Canadian songwriter, goes well beyond, with songs like ‘Sacred Journey’ and ‘Star Spangled Sensation’….Just superb!” with a truckload of award recognition coming in from across Canada, Wayne Lavallee has establishing himself of one of this country’s most important songwriters and storytellers – in any genre.
“I've spent way too much time standing backstage with musicians about to go on and I've seen a range of behaviors - from jitters to meditation to a complete sense of ease. Wayne falls into that last category and it's a quality that permeates everything about his musical output - his writing, his recording, his performing. It all seems so effortless - a natural extension of himself. There is nothing contrived about Wayne's shifts from ethereal ballads to rocking tunes, nothing strained about his classic raspy voice, nothing artificial about the melding of Aboriginal melodies and rhythms into pop song structure. He is an assured artist. I'm sure he's worked and sweated and doubted as much as any artist - but to listen to his songs or watch him perform, you'd never know it” Jowi Taylor CBC Radio Global Village