The Ben Racine Band
Ben’s soulful voice is reminiscent of the greatest Rhythm and Blues vocalists of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Inspired by artists such as Junior Walker, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder and Clarence Carter, he will take you back to the days when vocals were the center point of music.
He is also a lot more than just a voice. His guitar playing covers a wide range of styles – pleasing blues and funk fans alike. From the moment he hits the stage, his contagious energy and charisma combine for a sound that is truly original. You’ll be tapping your feet within the first few notes.
LITTLE FRANKIE THIFFAULT – TENOR SAX
Considered as being one of the best blues sax players in Montreal, Little Frankie has won the Quebec Lys Blues Award for Musical Performance three times. Live is where he shines the most– from stages across North and South America to European festivals, his growling tones and energy are next to none. His unique and authentic sound is a tribute to sax legends J.T. Brown, Junior Walker, David “Fathead” Newman and King Curtis.
MAT “MOOSE” MOUSSEAU – BARITONE SAX
Moose has been a permanent member of the award-winning Kevin Mark Blues Band since 2004. With several albums and countless live performances both locally and abroad under his belt, he now brings his big, fat, greasy sound to the Ben Racine Band.
CHARLES TRUDEL – PIANO ET ORGUE
Sa polyvalence et son professionnalisme lui ont valu d’être considéré et reconnu par les plus grands musiciens. À cet effet, il a collaboré depuis 2005 avec des artistes reconnus tels qu’Alain Caron, Damien Schmitt, Ron Di Lauro, Rachel Therrien, Barbara Secours, Jean-Nicolas Trottier, Frank Lozano, Dave Watts, Samuel Blais, Rémi-Jean Leblanc. Aussi à l’aise au piano qu’à l’orgue Hammond, Charles vient compléter le son du Ben Racine Band depuis 2014 apportant son énergie et son expérience au groupe.
FRANÇOIS DUBÉ – BASS
Véritable globe-trotter, François a passé les 15 dernières années autour du monde avec différents projets. Du groupe populaire Body Groove à l’ensemble de country les Moonshiners, il se démarque par sa connaissance profonde d’une vaste étendue de styles. Il contribue au son du groupe en amenant un regard frais sur le blues.
NICKY ESTOR – DRUMS
A professional musician since the age of 16, Nicky has backed several international blues artists, notably: Nico Wayne Toussaint, Shawn Pittman, Preston Hubbard and Sonny Boy Terry. Influenced by old-school drummers Fred Below and Richard Innes, Nicky brings his ’50s-inspired blues and R&B drumming to the heart of the Ben Racine Band.