After three albums fronting dixieland swinging band the F-Holes, and one co-producing and playing upright bass with Little Miss Higgins, Patrick Alexandre recorded his debut solo album Strange New World, released in November 2015. He describes it as a collection of songs about a modern era seen through the lens of old time blues. A true do-it-yourselfer, Patrick performed most of the instruments himself, though he managed to fit an appearance from each of the F-Holes and a few other guests as well. He engineered, mixed and produced the project, all of which was done on reel to reel tape, in a century old house near his home in Wolseley, Winnipeg.
Throughout his music career, Patrick has explored unconventional studio spaces, while using analog recording whenever possible. From his uncles’ old barn where Little Miss Higgins’ Juno nominated Bison Ranch Recording Sessions was recorded, to a 100 year old Wolseley house, Patrick finds inspiration and character in these settings. He is currently holding residence in a temporary studio in an abandoned candy factory in Winnipeg's gritty North End.
“It’s the perfect spot to find some real blues, right here in Winnipeg” he says of the building “between the systematic problems with poverty and racism right outside the window, and the ghosts spooking the tunes right out of me from inside of the old decrepit and very creepy building… inspiration is never very far away.”
Backed by two of Winnipeg’s finest, Dwayne Dueck (guitar) and Jeffrey Laird (drums), Patrick swings seamlessly from guitar to piano, to harmonica, and of course, back to his native instrument, the upright bass. Powered by his unending energy and roaring voice, his animated live performance continues to entertain audiences across Canada, maintaining his reputation as one of the hardest working, and intense performers around. It is guaranteed that every last bit of him is given in performance.
-Eric Lemoine, Morning Noise Records
Rediscover Blues Through Patrick Alexandre, a musical force who, once heard, can't be ignored!
In a genre infamously known for it's abundance of imitators, Patrick Alexandre stands out as an innovator and a force of nature. This combination allows him to bring you that new, yet authentic sound the blues community has been waiting for; which is exactly the reason why you should come check him out.
Trust me, if you do, you won't be able to help but enjoy his passionate, stripped down, sincere, message driven Blues.
More than the leader of a Blues band, Patrick is also a Juno nominated Producer, a song writer, and a multi instrumentalist. This skill set enhances any project which he chooses to find himself involved in.
-Sheldon Sveinson, artistic director and founder of the Fire & Water Music Festival
"By the time he was done, all that was left was his guts piled on the floor, and an audience, standing, cheering; insisting he do some more!" -Sheldon Sveinson, Artistic Director at The fiRe & Water MusiC Festival
"Patrick Alexandre and his trio of Blues enthusiasts 'blue' the roof off the root community emporium on Wednesday night, playing an extra set and an encore after much encouragment from the audience, where the trio broke out their secondary instruments for a very unique sound, ...so boisterous it could fill an amphitheater." -Phil McLachlan, Meridian Booster/Postmedia Networkd
"Several of the highlights of the rest of the show came from “Strange New World,” Alexandre’s new Cd, especially “ Who’s Gonna Thank You when You’re Gone.” " -Richard Amery, lA Beat