Justin Saladino – Honest Lies

Submitted by Jo-Anne Beharrell

Homegrown Montrealer, Justin Saladino leads a guitar-driven group that can be referred to as – roots-rock, contemporary blues, or anything from funky to country with one tune to the next. What is for certain, anything JSB will include powerful guitar playing, sultry vocals, and genre-blending compositions that are uniquely Justin’s own signature. Firmly backed by the foundation of Denis Paquin and Gabriel Forget, the explosive core trio has brought their much-acclaimed albums No Worries, A Fool’s Heart, and JSB Live to stages across Eastern Canada.

Justin Saladino released his second full-length studio album, Honest Lies, on September 16, 2022.  Produced by Ariel Posen (The Bros. Landreth) and joined in the studio by bassist Gabriel Forget and drummer Denis Paquin, the ten original songs on the LP explore themes surrounding inter-personal relationships, social and political issues, the perception of truth, and being honest with oneself.  Recorded at Tone Bender Studios in Saladino’s hometown of Montreal, the album is infused with the warmth, immediacy, and history of the vintage analog gear the band used during these sessions. Honest Lies follows Saladino’s natural evolution further into the roots-rock and blues realm with his deft guitar playing and carefully crafted, soulful melodies that highlight his authentic and impactful lyrics.

His newest single, “Let You Go,” features a driving kick drum, rumbling slide lines, and folky vocal harmonies. “This is a song about that evil voice in your head that fills you with doubt and whispers things like ‘you’re not good enough,’ says Saladino. “It’s different for everyone and can change with the day but most of us have met this voice. Well, as hard as it is, we’re letting that sh*t go… little by little and this song is my constant reminder to do exactly that.”

American Blues Scene premiered the album’s first single “Sink Or Swim,” calling it “a clear harbinger of what’s to come for these musicians. The song boasts a delicious cornucopia of distinctive blues, roots, and Southern rock textures.”