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A Tribute to the Music of the Mississippi Sheiks

Hi everyone, hope your doing well.

I played a few songs in a two night event featuring songs of the Mississippi Sheiks this last weekend. What a riot. Vancouver producer and musician Steve Dawson put this together and did a fantastic job keeping a ton of musicians on stage at the right time and in the right key.
John Hammond, Dave Alvin, Geoff Muldaur, Van Dyke Parks, Bob Brozman, Jim Byrnes and a host of other fabulous artists. Each played 3 songs or so a night and then often played together as well to make a really interesting show. I have been a huge fan of John Hammond for years and although we’ve met a number of times over that time, I had never played on stage with him so it was a real honour. What a gentleman. Geoff Muldaur was great and if you don’t know his singing, he sang on the Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s Better Days recording years ago. Great singer.

The house band was fantastic and I had a really good time. Well I guess that’s it for now.

Talk soon,
Colin

Colin James nominated for a 2010 Indie Award!

Colin James has been nominated for a 2010 Indie Award for Favourite Blues Artist/Group

Here are the nominees:

Colin James (MapleMusic)
Colin Linden (True North Records)
Harrison Kennedy (Electro-Fi)
Jim Byrnes (Black Hen)
Monkey Junk (Beefy Productions)

For more information click here: http://www.indies.ca/nominees-winners/

The End of a Great Tour!

Well, I’m back in Vancouver in the middle of the Olympic madness and it’s great to be home. It is unbelievably warm these days anyway. Wow!

So much going on here it’s hard to believe. The Canadian/Somalia artist K’naan along with Universal Music and World Vision and many many others got together to re record his song Waving Flag with all proceeds going to Haiti. I got to catch up with Kathleen Edwards, Serena Ryder, Sam Roberts, Tom Cochrane and many others. Cool to see everyone rally together and donate their energies. I sang along with everyone on the chorus and it was lots of fun.

We ended the shows in beautiful Victoria at the Royal Theater and the audience was awesome. Always slightly bittersweet to end a run although we are still doing some shows here around the Olympics.

I want to thank everyone who came out and supported our shows across the country. It feels good to know that I have friends in every province in Canada and I’m so glad I get to see you every couple of years or so. Coast to coast it always astounds me how much we have in common as Canadians. When you think of the miles (or should I say kilometers ), that separate us, …. it’s pretty cool .

Hopefully we’ll have an idea of how Spring/Summer is shaping up as far as shows go and we’ll be coming to your town soon.

Again thanks for supporting live music,

See you soon,
Colin

Thunder Bay – Toronto – Victoria!

Thanks Thunder Bay for the show last night. Great Venue.

Today I made my way from Thunder Bay to Toronto where I filmed a spot on ‘The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos’ for TONIGHT’S SHOW… Don’t miss it.

I’m now making my way back to the West Coast.

Victoria comin at ya!

In Halifax!

Enjoying the east coast and the people we’ve met all the way.Enjoyed playing in Charlottetown although we arrived in the bus 1 minute before show time as we had a bit of bus trouble.

We’re having a great time in Halifax and play our second show tomorrow.

Even managed to grab a bite at the Press Gang Restaurant tonight .   Very Good.
We’re off to Thunder Bay next and then start heading back west for our Victoria shows. Looking forward to that for sure.

Till then,
Colin

Hello from Moncton!

Hello from Moncton! We arrived here last night for the last shows of the eastern swing.

We had a great time in Montreal where we did two shows in one night!

Yikes.

Ottawa folks were fantastic and although I was worried I was going to lose my voice, it seemed to come back about 5 minutes before the show.

Gave me quite a scare.

Four of us the band are now completely hooked to Playstation NHL 10 and have to have surgery on our hands now from over use. Ok that’s not true………….(little bit true though) I have survived the playoffs so far and am holdiing down last place coming into my next rounds. Go Canucks!

Looks like I might be going to New Zealand at the beginning of next month for 5 days. Should be interesting.

All for now,

Colin

In Toronto!

I’m in Toronto after finishing the show tonight in Kitchener. Nice hall and great enthusiastic audience tonight. We are having a great time playing and as always look forward to playing massey hall tomorr…hey .. wait…..what time is it? Oh… Today.YIKES!

Better get to bed.

I guess that’s about it. Pretty mild out here in Toronto…. so far touring in winter hasn’t been too bad.

Peace out!

Colin

5 Shows in!

Hello one and all. I’ve been so busy preparing for this tour, I’ve forgotten to write something. We are 5 shows in now and played in Vancouver last night. What a crowd!! Thank you so much to everyone that has come out so far. We’ve got a great bus driver (and bus) with us and the crew are doing a great job getting everything ticking.

Felt like we gelled as a band tonight and that from now on we can start honing in on having fun and playing the music. Suzy McNeil sounds great so make sure you catch her show. She has a beautiful voice.

Can’t wait to see you there!!!!!

Colin

Colin James World Vision Child Sponsorship Promotion

Colin James is very excited to be supporting World Vision’s Child Sponsorship Program on his 2010 Canadian Tour. As a child sponsor for many years, Colin understands the life-changing benefits that come with sponsoring a child and in doing so wants to thank you in person for supporting a child through World Vision. The first four fans to sponsor a child at each of Colin’s performances will have the exclusive opportunity to meet Colin back stage that evening. World Vision will have a promotional table set up at each venue where a World Vision representative volunteer will be more than happy to assist you in sponsoring a child of your choice. It’s that easy. For so little, we can do so much and literally change a life. We look forward to seeing you at the show.

“Favorites” Section

Hey everyone!

We’ve added a section to the site called “Favorites”. This is a chance for you to learn a bit about Colin, what makes him tick, what he’s into, favorite blues tracks and videos, and what inspires him. Check back often for updates.

Don’t forget to buy your tickets to the 2010 tour! Check out the VIP section for details on how you can purchase a ticket, signed CD and a meet and greet with Colin! Makes a great Christmas gift!

Colin’s new CD, Rooftops and Satellites is in stores now, don’t forget to pick up your copy! Includes Man’s Gotta Be a Stone, Lost Again, and a smokin’ cover of Bob Dylan’s If You’ve Gotta Go Go Now among other gems.

Stay Warm,

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