Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street/ Byward Market, Ottawa, Ont.
Nov 2023 The Rainbow celebrates its 39th anniversary!
Helping us put on a great night of celebratations is a blues guitarist who has been playing that Rainbow since he was 12 years old!!! Now, he plays with The Sheepdogs. but we've snagged him and his band to help us throw one heck of a party!
Ricky Paquette: Ricky Paquette is back more than 15 years after his debut album. At only 12 years old, the young Gatineau prodigy Ricky Paquette signed his first record deal and made waves on the blues, jazz and rock stages across the province. His great musical maturity and two first albums allow him to open for Canadian and international artists such as CCR, Simple Plan, Buddy Guy and Frank Marino, in addition to taking him to Afghanistan to perform for the Canadian troops. For several years, he put his solo project aside to tour with other artists across the country, the United States and Europe.
In 2019, Ricky Paquette sold almost all of his assets to buy a motorhome that he turned into a recording studio on wheels. Making his RV his new home, the artist took the road to Nashville to start the process of writing an album and remotely launched a first single ‘Hello’ in January 2020. Forced to return to Quebec when the pandemic hit, Ricky didn’t put his album plans aside and continued writing songs.
Ricky has surrounded himself with Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar, The Glorious Sons, The Trews, Reel Big Fish) to produce and the co-write a 9 track album on which we recognize Ricky’s unconditional love for 70s rock and roll, an unusual musical style for a teenager in the early 2000s. If every image tells a story, imagine Rod Stewart, Blackberry Smoke, The Rolling Stones, and Chris Stapleton in the same setting, driving their tour bus to Southern California on a hot summer day.