Barbara Diab and The Smoked Meat Band - Bio

Blues Enchantress

Blues singer Barbara Diab has such a joy in expressing herself, her energy radiates to all those who are in her presence. With her immense vocal range, she brings a unique honesty to each song, without guile, and from the heart. Her ability to take you on a journey with each breath is equal to that of any fine musician.

Born in Australia, to Lebanese parents, her family moved to Canada when she was a young child. Her musical background encompasses gospel, American roots, blues, and naturally Motown, since she grew up near the border of Detroit. Barbara now calls Montreal home.

Barbara and her bass-playing husband, Pierre Lamontagne, founded the Smoked Meat Band, now firmly established on the Québec blues circuit.

A regular performer at major Blues venues such as The House of Jazz Montreal, she has also performed at many festivals: Montreal International Jazz Festival, Tremblant International Blues Festival and FestiBlues of Montreal, to name a few. Barbara is also pursuing her career abroad and has often performed in Memphis, TN and Clarksdale, MS as well as two successful Blues Tours in Italy (2015, 2016: Rome, Tuscany, Abruzzo). She has also shared the stage with jazz and blues greats J.D. Slim, Bob Walsh, Guy Bélanger, Bernard “Bingo” Deslauriers, Jean Fernand Girard, Jim Zeller, Lulu Hughes and American trumpetist, Roger Walls. Backing up Elizabeth Blouin-Brathwaite on the hit TV show, En direct de l’univers, was another highlight in the career of this rising star.

Guitar great, J.D. Slim, suggested collaborating on Barbara’s début album after hearing her natural, soulful voice. Released in 2015, TO BLUES WITH LOVE was written by Barbara Diab & Pierre Lamontagne with music composed by J.D. Slim. The album is already receiving worldwide recognition and airplay.

Produced, recorded and mastered by J.D. Slim, the album also includes special guests such as veteran bassist, Stephen Barry and world-class drummer, Tony Coleman [B.B. King, Bobby Blue Band, Otis Clay]. Their playground of original compositions have a natural romping playfulness turning each and every audience into a family... all begging for more.