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James Colin - Blue Highways (CD)€20,00
Blues singer/guitarist Colin is one of several excellent Canadian blues artists, this is his 18th album release and he has been playing the blues since he was a teenager in the 1980s. And quite frankly it shows, this album sees him saluting his blues heroes, from Freddie King to Howlin’ Wolf, from Robert Johnson to British blues guitarist Peter Green, with Colin and the band effortlessly going through a number of styles and sounds paying tribute to these artists but putting their own spin on things rather than doing straight copies. The band is drummer Geoff Hicks, Steve Pelletier on bass, Jesse O’Brien on keyboards and Craig Northey on 2nd. guitar and the album was recorded in just 2 days in Vancouver.
The album begins with a rocking Freddie King instrumental ”Boogie Funk” ,with some nice harmonica as well as some blistering lead guitar, then its a nice relaxed take on Peter Green’s ”Watch Out”, before we get a rocked up version of Tommy Johnson’s ”Big Road Blues” with Colin demonstrating his electric slide guitar playing. We also get to hear Colin’s acoustic side playing on Robert Johnson’s ”Last Fair Deal”, while ”Ain’t Long For Day” has electric slide on a stunning take on the old Blind Willie McTell song. We also get more Freddie King with Don Nix’s song ”Going Down”, jazzy R&B with ”Bad Bad Whiskey” and William Bell’s beautiful soul ballad ”You Don’t Miss You Water” – in short Colin and the band can take on any style and completely master it – even combining Howling’ Wolf’s ”Riding In The Moonlight and Jimmy Reed’s ”Mr. Luck”.
This is a really good record and Colin James should be much better known in Britain (and the States!) he is both an excellent, versatile blues guitarist and also a really good singer – catch him in the UK this November when he’s supporting Beth Hart. There isn’t an average track on this record never mind a bad track – great work!