This Kind of Life

Upcoming shows

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, QC, CAN
Jimi Hendrix Guitar Extravaganza w/ Steve Hill & Paul Deslauriers - Metropolis - Montreal - 10 PM
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, QC, CAN
July 4, 2014
Festival Les Sons du Lac - Châteauneuf (73), FR
July 5, 2014
Festival Longwy La Nuit - Longwy (54),FR
July 6, 2014
July 9, 2014
Festival Un Été Côté Saône – Villefranche-sur-Saône (69), FR
July 11, 2014
Festivoix – Les Voix Populaires (Scène Loto-Québec ) - Trois-Rivières, QC, CAN
July 19, 2014
ApiRoknofobi Festival - Apinac (42), FR
July 23 2014
Festival Cabaret Frappé - Grenoble (38), FR
July 24, 2014
Musiques au fil du Doux - Lamastre (07), FR
July 26, 2014
Festival de La Rue Râle - Beaufort sur Gervanne (26), FR
July 27, 2014
Guinguette en Terrasse (Les Forges) - Fraisans (39), FR
July 31, 2014
Les Jeudis de Sciez – Sciez (74), FR
August 1, 2014
Les Guinguettes du Vendredi - Thonon les Bains (74), FR
August 2, 2014
Un été au Creusot - Le Creusot (71), FR
August 18 to 22, 2014
EPM - Meyzieu (69), FR
October 3, 2014
De L’Autre Coté du Pont – Lyon (69),FR
October 10, 2014
Conservatoire de Chassieu (69), FR
More dates to be confirmed soon !

Past dates

June 29, 2012
FESTIVOIX, Parc des Ursulines (6:00 PM) - Trois-Rivières, QC, CA
July 3, 2012
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Scène Loto-Québec (7:00 PM) - Montréal, QC, CA
July 6, 2012
Caravan Jazz, JAZZ À VIENNE - St-Romain-en-Gal (69), FR
July 7, 2012
Festival La Pamparina - Thiers (63), FR
July 10, 2012
Les Mardis Sablés - Excenevex (74), FR
July 12, 2012
Les Jeudis de l’été - St Romain-de-Lerps (07), FR
July 13, 2012
Parc de L’Europe - Feyzin (69), FR
July 18, 2012
Festival Rencontres Brel - St-Pierre de Chartreuse (38), FR (+ Camille)
July 19, 2012
Péniche Cancale - Dijon (21), FR
July 20, 2012
Cercle 76 - Villeurbanne (69), FR
July 23, 2012
Festival CinéFil - Valence (26), FR
July 24, 2012
L’Escampette - Neffies (34), FR
July 25, 2012
Rock’ n Camp - Goudet (43), FR
July 27, 2012
Les Estivales du cloître - St-Galmier (42), FR
July 28, 2012
Festival Pic Sonne - Valloire (73), FR
July 29, 2012
Festival Funk & Groove - Praz-sur-Arly (74), FR
July 31, 2012
Fête des Bruyères - Les Ménuires (74), FR
August 4, 2012
Dranouter festival - Dranouter, Belgium
August 5, 2012
La Roche Bluegrass Festival - La Roche-sur-Foron (74), FR
August 7, 2012
Festival les Fondus du Macadam - Thonon-les-Bains (74), FR (+The Lost Fingers)
August 10, 2012
Sattelit Café - Roanne-Villerest (42), FR
August 12, 2012
Festival un Air de Loire - Nevers (58), FR
Nov 7, 2012
Le Brise-Glace - Annecy (74), FR
Nov 10, 2012
Lou Pasquié - Roussillon (84), FR
Nov 13, 2012
Au Puy de la Lune - Clermont-Ferrand (63), FR
Nov 15, 2012
La Cartonnerie - Reims (51), FR (+ Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside)
Nov 16, 2012
Le Marché Gare - Lyon (69), FR (+ H Burns)
Nov 22, 2012
Festival Blues sur Seine - Mantes-la-Jolie (78), FR
Nov 23, 2012
Festival Blues sur Seine - Bars en Seine (78), FR
Nov 24, 2012
Casa loca - Haguenau (67), FR
Nov 29, 2012
Le Moulin de Brainans - Brainans (39), FR (+ Paul Personne)
Nov 30, 2012
Eden District Blues - Oraison (04), FR (+ Nico Wayne Toussaint)
Dec 15, 2012
Divan Orange - Montréal, CA
Jan 26, 2013
Le Massif - Charlevoix, QC, CA
Feb 9, 2013
Dani Fest - Catering Café Music - Héricourt (70), FR
Feb 22, 2013
Le Train-Théâtre - Portes-lès-Valence (26), FR
March 2, 2013
Festi Neige - Entre-les-Fourgs (25), FR
March 8, 2013
L'Ours Maçon - Tence (43), FR
March 15, 2013
Festival Blues autour du Zinc - Beauvais (60), FR
March 16, 2013
Festival Blues autour du Zinc - Beauvais (60), FR
March 17, 2013
Festival Blues autour du Zinc - Beauvais (60), FR
March 23, 2013
Brise-Glace Base Camp - Station du Semnoz (74), FR
April 19, 2013
Équinoxe - La Tour du Pin (38), FR
+ Mountain Men Featuring Charlie Glad
May 31, 2013
Hall Blues Club - Pélussin (42), FR
June 15, 2013
Fête de la Musique - St-Jean-de-Bournay (38), FR
Featuring Charlie Glad
June 21,2013
Place des Muses – Guilherand-Granges (07), FR
Featuring Charlie Glad
June 22, 2013
Le Fil - St Étienne (42), FR
Featuring Charlie Glad
June 28, 2013
Fête départementale de la Musique - Cruis (04), FR
June 29, 2013
Festival Démon d’Or – Poleymieux (69), FR
July 4, 2013
Grésiblues Festival – St-Ismier (38), FR
Featuring Charlie Glad
July 5, 2013
Nuit du Blues - Cabannes (13), FR
Featuring Charlie Glad
July 6, 2013
Jazz à Vienne – Scène Cybèle - Vienne (38), FR
Featuring Charlie Glad
July 7, 2013
Festival Les Allées Chantent - La Côte-St-André (38), FR
July 13, 2013
Festival les Allées Chantent - Grenoble (38), FR
August 4, 2013
Festival des Randonnées Musicales du Ferrand - Besse-en-Oisans (38), FR
Featuring Charlie Glad
August 6, 2013
Crest Jazz Vocal - Crest (26), FR
Featuring Charlie Glad
August 10, 2013
Festival FestiGrat’s – Mieussy (74), FR
August 16, 2013
Paulusfeesten - Oostende, Belgium
August 18, 2013
Week-end Country - Esplanade des Quatre chemins- Vichy (03), FR
August 22, 2013
Festival Blues en Loire - La Charité-sur-Loire (58), FR
Sept 6, 2013
Festival les Féebulleuses - Lyas (07), FR
Sept 9, 2013
Blues Café Live - Le Millénium - L'Isle d'Abeau
Featuring Charlie Glad
Sept 26, 2013
Festival 100 détours - Médiathèque - St-Jean-de-Bournay (38), FR
Oct 4, 2013
L'Atelier - Cluses (74)
Featuring Charlie Glad
Oct 5, 2013
RhinoJazz(s) Festival - Dargoire (42), FR
Oct 13, 2013
Festival Autan de Blues - Aiguefonde (81)
Featuring Charlie Glad
Oct 17, 2013
Le Ferrailleur - Nantes (42), FR + The Inspector Cluzo
Oct 19, 2013
Mélanges Improbables - Langres (52), FR
Oct 25, 2013
Café Charbon - Nevers (58) + Heymoonshaker
Featuring Charlie Glad
Oct 31, 2013
Le Moloco - Audincourt (25)
Reverend Beat Man + Chicken Diamond
Nov 6, 2013
CD Launch 5 @ 7 – Quai des Brumes – Montréal, Canada
Nov 8, 2013
Le Petit Impérial, Québec, Canada
Nov 9, 2013
Trou du Diable, Shawinigan, Canada
Nov 15, 2013
La Presqu'île - Annonay (07) + Catfish, FR
Nov 21, 2013
Buzzique Live (Radio Show) @ Toï ToÏ Le Zinc - Villeurbanne (69), FR
Nov 16, 2013
Secret Garden - Marseille (13), FR
Nov 29, 2013
Tournée des Bauges - Jarsy (73), FR
Dec 4, 2013
Café de la Danse - Paris (75) + HEYMOONSHAKER, FR
Dec 5, 2013
Kfet' chez Yvette - Orsay (91), FR
Dec 6, 2013
Le Chaudron Baveur - Beauvais (60), FR
Jan 23, 2014
Salle "Jack Jack" - MJC de Bron (69), FR
Jan 24, 2014
Billy Bob’s - Marne la Vallée (44) + Phil Wiggins Trio + Larry Garner, FR
Jan 25, 2014
Château Rouge - Annemasse (74) + Robben Ford, FR
Jan 28, 2014
Le Forum - Vauréal (95) + Robben Ford, FR
Feb 14, 2014
Festival les Allées Chantent - Grenoble (38), FR
March 1, 2014
Festival Montréal en Lumière, QC, CA
March 15, 2014
Hall Verrière - "C'est dans la boite" - Meisenthal (57), FR
March 16, 2014
Le Réservoir - Saint-Marcel (71), FR
May 15, 2014
L'Azile - La Rochelle (17 ), FR
May 22, 2014
Biennale de la Guitare - Chambéry (73), FR
May 23, 2014
Les Abattoirs - Bourgoin Jallieu (38) + JOHNNY WINTER, FR
May 30, 2014
Trieux Tonic Blues - Lézardrieux (22), FR





They Call Me Rico’s second album, This Kind of Life, is a continuance of Frederic Pellerin’s exploration of his own sound, his own music, his own voice. It marks the powerfully intriguing next phase in a creative evolution for an artist who is bringing a compellingly unique take on the traditional roots music of North America.

Formerly of the popular Quebecois band Madcaps, They Call Me Rico is the manifestation of Pellerin’s desire to challenge himself not only as a songwriter, but as a performer. Going solo in recent years was a natural transition for the native of Trois-Rivières, one that he found both liberating but also nerve-wracking.

“There is a lot of freedom when you are on your own, but at the same time it can be more difficult. When you play in front of a large crowd and you’re alone it can be pretty intimidating. You are basically exposed out there. You can’t cover up any mistakes. But after a while I began to enjoy that. It made me a better musician and a better performer,” he said.

Musically, the paradigm shift from a band format to that of a completely solitary artist has allowed Rico, as he calls himself, to delve even deeper into the music that has had such a powerful resonance in his life. His debut album featured primarily covers of some of Rico’s favourite roots and blues based songs, but also featured three original songs, as he dipped his toes into the waters of solo composition.

It was a critically-acclaimed release, and one that brought him legions of fans throughout Canada and Europe, spawning a serious of highly successful tours, and such popularity in France that Rico uprooted his family from Montreal to move to the picturesque and culturally-rich city of Lyon.

For his second album, This Kind of Life, They Call Me Rico jumped into deep end of the songwriting pool, filling the album with the results of his ongoing creative exploration.

“On this record I wanted to do something more personal and something a little more calm. It’s still has a  rock and roll feel, but this new album has more emotional intensity. And I wanted to get back to something that was a bit grittier. It does pick up from where the first album left off. It has the same instrumentation, the same roots and the same approach to recording, but the album is more me,” he said.

This Kind of Life is an dynamic exploration of roots/Americana music, heavily drenched in classic acoustic blues and tinged with folk and pure, straight-ahead rock and roll. The title track is a classic, unabashed and infectious ‘road song,’ inspired by Pellerin’s life as a working musician.

“It’s a very personal song about touring with my other band, Madcaps. I played with that band for more than 10 years and the song is about touring all over Canada, particularly western Canada. All the driving, sleeping in bad hotel rooms – just the whole life of the struggling band, getting from gig to gig as best we can,” he said.

“You’d be on the road for two or three months and have no money. It was hard back then, but the hardship was kind of fun when you were young. And there were lots of times when you feel like you’re going nowhere, but you still keep moving forward. That’s what the song is about, moving forward.”

“I May Be Right” was one of those songs that come together quickly, and end up being incredibly impactful. Pellerin said the simplicity of the melodies and the catchiness of the riff are balanced by lyrics that are deeply-felt but subject to the interpretation of the listener.

“It started as a riff. I was just playing around in the studio one night and the riff came to me. It took me about 10 minutes to put the rest of the song together and when I made a demo, I realized it was all there. This song is a little different for me. It has more imagery, more imagination to it. It’s more about a state of mind. I wanted this song to be a little more mysterious, I wanted the meaning to be open to interpretation and presented more like poetry.”

“Tried to Love Her” is a classic ‘hurtin’ song’ with a twist. It’s the story of a man coming to the realization that what he sees as love is actually something darker.

“It’s when you love someone so much that you want to control them. You don’t let them breathe. It’s about being too obsessive, too possessive and loving her so much that you actually lose her.”

Growing up in Quebec, Pellerin discovered classic rock at an early age. While listening to the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana, he also discovered The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix. Wanting to know what inspired these legendary artists, he looked into the roots of their sound, and discovered Blues.

Originally a drummer, seeing old Hendrix videos on television inspired a teenaged Pellerin to learn guitar and become a performer and songwriter.

As a solo artist, his alter ego, They Call Me Rico, needed to stand apart from the plethora of solo artists – those who stood at a microphone, guitar slung around their necks. So Rico decided to use his early background as a drummer by including a bass drum and kick pedal into his performance repertoire.

“I didn’t want to go with the full ‘one man band’ setup, because I didn’t want to be seen as a novelty act where people are coming to see me just to see me play all these instruments. That doesn’t interest me. The most important thing is the music, not how it’s delivered,” he said.

This Kind Of Life also features a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s classic balled, “I’m On Fire”, with Parisian piano master Charlie Glad adding his unique slant to the recording. Other guest artists to appear on the album include Nicolas Grimard on lap steel and electric guitar, Dominic Laroche on bass and harmonica player Christian Vezina.

The album was recorded, mixed and co-produced by Vincent Blain and mastered at Air Studios in London by legendary mastering engineer Ray Staff (Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, The Clash).

Already an in-demand live act throughout Europe and Canada, They Call Me Rico will be touring on both sides of the Atlantic to promote the album. The debut single and video is “To Call My Own”.

“I really believe in these songs and in this album. I think there is real substance and depth to them. They are not throwaway pop songs. There’s a lot of meat to them, both musically and lyrically. And it’s still a good time record. It’s not pretentious, it’s just deeper and a little dark at times. I am very proud of this album. It’s an honest album. To me it’s very real and very pure.”

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À propos

Après un premier album très bien accueilli par la critique et le public, plusieurs tournées au Canada et en Europe et des participations à des événements majeurs tels que le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Jazz à Vienne et le Festival Blues sur Seine, They Call Me Rico nous revient avec un nouvel album << This Kind of Life >>

Plus étoffé que le premier album, mais sans fioritures, et toujours enregistré de façon analogique et essentiellement live, cet album est selon lui la suite logique du précédent. Voulant éviter la répétition, Rico, tout en gardant (ses racines) sa musique bien ancrée dans l'Americana et le Raw Blues, s'est permis d'explorer d'autres territoires, des univers tantôt plus rock (Winner or Loser, Tried to Love Her), tantôt plus cinématographique et intimiste (This Kind of Life, I'm on Fire).

L'album a été  conçu comme la trame sonore d'un Road-Movie imaginaire. En écoutant la chanson-titre on peut visualiser la séquence d'ouverture d'un Western onirique ou, en jouant I May Be Right à plein volume, s'imaginer roulant à fond de train en pick-up sur une route graveleuse du sud des Etats-Unis.

Pour cet album, Rico a fait appel à quelques complices : Charlie Glad, violoniste et claviériste originaire de Paris, Nicolas Grimard de Caïman Fu au Lap Steel et guitares ambiantes, Dominic Laroche à la basse bien grasse et Christian Vézina au jeu d'harmonica pur et sans acrobaties.

L'enregistrement, le mixage et la co-réalisation ont été confiés à Vincent Blain (L'Indice, Le Husky) et le matriçage a été effectué par le très réputé Londonien Ray Staff (Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Muse).

Seul en tant qu'homme-orchestre ou avec des musiciens invités, le Montréalais toujours en transit, Frédéric Pellerin aka Rico, nous entraîne avec sa voix puissante et son bottleneck dans un univers Folk-Blues énergique et sans garde-fous.

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La presse en parle

« Après Bob Dylan, Tom Waits et The Black Keys, voici They Call Me Rico! » - La Bible Urbaine (Québec)

« Un album très gras, les puristes diraient du Raw Blues. (...) Une très belle découverte que ce chanteur guitariste ayant choisi une nouvelle voix ancienne pour explorer les fondamentaux du Blues ». - Blues Mag

« [...] un phénomène unique en son genre. Même sa mèche est rebelle. » - (123 Savoie, France)

« C'est bon, très bon. Et ça fait bouger. » - (, Montréal)

« [...] dans Fortune Teller, on touche à la vérité première de l'homme. » - (Le Devoir, Montréal)

« Remarquable par sa présence, il a fait fondre tout le monde. » - (Le Dauphiné Libéré, Isère, France)

« Rico rugit dans ses morceaux rockabilly comme un évadé de prison. » - (Voir, Montréal)