On the Couch with Colin James

On the Couch with Colin James

Colin is very excited to introduce a new series on his YouTube channel called “On the Couch with Colin James”. Since starting, you can watch the complete #guitartuesday season where he’ll give you the backstory of each of his guitars. Season 2 is #roadto20 where he counts down each record across his 30 year career, leading up to his 20th studio album this fall. Subscribe to the official YouTube channel to be the first notified about new videos!

Colin James Blues Trio Tour rescheduled for November 2020

We are happy to announce that the Colin James Blues Trio Tour of BC and Alberta has been rescheduled for November 2020! Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, we were unable to make it back to Nelson, BC. Our sincere apologies to those ticket holders. Please check directly with your city’s venue for refunds. We are so looking forward to being back on the road! Wishing everyone all the best during these difficult times. See you in November!


Colin James Blues Trio performances in Western Canada postponed

Dear Friends,

On the recommendation of both the Alberta and BC Provincial Governments, we are sad to announce the postponement of the Colin James Blues Trio performances taking place over the next few weeks in Western Canada. We are working to reschedule the shows now, so please stay tuned for more information on new dates. Tickets for the postponed shows will be honoured for the rescheduled shows. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thank you everyone for your on-going support! Stay healthy and let’s work together to reduce the speed with which this virus is spreading and help #flattenthecurve.

– Colin & Team

New Tour Dates for 2020

Colin James Blues Trio will be embarking on a tour of BC and Alberta this March. Joining Colin on stage are Chris Caddell on guitar and vocals and Steve Marriner on harp, bass and vocals. Hope to see you out there!

Colin James “Miles to Go” Tour Announced – Tickets on sale Friday September 28

Renowned singer and guitarist Colin James has announced his 2019 Canadian tour, in support of his 19th album release Miles To Go. Kicking off in Victoria, BC, on March 17th, Colin and his band will travel across the country, stopping in all major cities and concluding in Halifax, on April 19th.

Reflecting James’ recent work on Miles To Go, and it’s chart-topping predecessor, 2016’s  Blue Highways, the tour will showcase his take on his best-loved blues numbers, as well as songs from his illustrious catalogue.

With Colin’s previous shows garnering outstanding acclaim, fans can look forward to equally terrific performances next Spring.

“… James hits it out of the park showing how you can bring home the gold consistently in a genre that most people marginalize. Killer stuff from a modern master.” Chris Spector – Midwest Record Entertainment

Tickets for the Miles To Go tour are on sale this coming Friday, September 28 at 9am.

2019 Tour Dates

March 17 – Victoria, BC – Royal Theatre

March 18 – Nanaimo, BC – Port Theatre

March 19 – Nanaimo, BC – Port Theatre

March 21 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theatre

March 22 – Kamloops, BC – Sandman Centre

March 23 – Prince George, BC – CN Centre

March 25 – Kelowna, BC – Community Theatre

March 27 – Calgary, AB – Southern Jubilee

March 28 – Edmonton, AB – Northern Jubilee

March 29 – Regina, SK – Casino Regina

March 30 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre

April 2 – Thunder Bay, ON – Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

April 4 – North Bay, ON – Capital Theatre

April 5 – Hamilton, ON – First Ontario Concert Hall

April 6 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre

April 8 – London, ON – RBC Theatre

April 9 – Peterborough, ON – Showplace Theatre

April 10 – Kingston, ON – Grand Theatre

April 12 – Quebec City, QC – Palais Montcalm

April 14 – Fredericton, NB – The Playhouse

April 15 – Saint John, NB – Imperial Theatre

April 16 – Moncton, NB – Capitol Theatre

April 18 – Charlottetown, PEI – Confederation Centre of the Arts

April 19 – Halifax, NS – Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Colin James - Miles to Go

Colin James announces new studio album – Miles To Go – out September 21

With his 19th album, Miles to Go (out Sept. 21, on Stony Plain Records in the USA and True North Records ROW), Colin James is getting back to the blues.

Miles to Go, Colin James’ ambitious sequel to the critically acclaimed Blue Highways, continues James’ story with a collection of carefully curated songs handpicked from some of the greatest blues artists.

In the months leading up to the recording, as James was reflecting on songs for the album he decided to reacquaint himself with a beautiful red Gibson ES-335.  It was just like the guitar he played as a teenager but regretfully had to sell for rent money.

While James reconnected with this guitar,  Miles to Go seemed to just flow onto the studio floor.

This album blends songs old and new, some of them completely reimagined and some almost perfect homages. But all are unified by a theme of undying love for the blues and the highest respect for the creators that led the way.

Known as one of Canada’s best blues musicians, it wasn’t until 2016’s Blue Highways that James found himself on a blues chart: the album spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Roots Music Report’s Blues Chart. It also landed him one of his biggest hits: “Riding in the Moonlight”.  A Willie Dixon song that James once covered when busking in the streets and subways of Toronto and Montreal that landed on a Spotify playlist garnering millions of streams.

When James set out to make Blue Highways, an album of blues covers recorded with his touring band, he always intended it to be the first of two installments. Now we have Miles to Go, in which James records nine new covers of his favourite artists (Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Little Willie John, Robert Johnson, etc.) and adds two originals, “I Will Remain” and “40 Light Years.” “Blues has always been a pass-it-forward kind of thing,” says James. “It’s also surprisingly hard to write. You have to be careful how modern you get in your phrasing. Certain writers can write a song that sounds like it was done 40 years ago, but it’s deceptively hard.”

To be a blues musician is to always have a dialogue with the past.  As with much blues music, it’s the performances on the original versions rather than the actual song that drew James to them. That said, what could he possibly bring to them in 2018? “You bring what you can,” he says. “If I feel like I’ve brought enough, then I put it out. I knocked a bunch of songs off this record when I realized that I can’t bring anything to them that isn’t there already. All my life I’ve tried to bring vitality to older songs. Hopefully my dedication to it is what floats it over the mark. That’s a subjective thing; some people will always prefer the original. However, there’s always a group of people coming up to see me after a show who might say, “Oh, I never would have heard ‘One More Mile’ by James Cotton—nothing in my life would have pointed me there.”

So much of Colin James’s career has pointed him to this moment: joyfully tangled up in the blues, which, as he notes, “is the only genre where you can maintain a young profile at the age of 53.”

Colin wins at 2017 Independent Blues Awards

Colin has been awarded Best Independent Blues Rock CD in the 2017 Independent Blues Awards. Thanks to everyone who voted! Find out more at

Shows coming up this summer: Lethbridge Jazz Festival, Summertime Blues, and more!

Get ready for the most beautiful blue summer you’ve ever had, and catch Colin at an upcoming festival across Canada and the USA! Check out the links below for tickets and more information.

June 17: Lethbridge Jazz Festival (Lethbridge, AB)
June 23: Summertime Blues (Owen Sound, ON)
July 1: Rochester Jazz Festival (Rochester, NY)
July 7: Havelock Revival (Havelock, ON)
July 30: Wine Country Blues Festival (Woodinville, WA)
August 21: Huntsville Festival of the Arts (Huntsville, ON)
August 26: The Fair at the PNE (Vancouver, BC)
September 16: Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival (Fredericton, NB)

Catch Colin James on Stingray PausePlay

Canadian Blues icon Colin James, joins Stingray PausePlay to chat about picking up his first guitar, performing with his music heroes, and of course his new album, Blue Highways, an incredible tribute to some of Blues’ greatest players.