• Blues Highways

    blueshighwayscoverBlues Highways
    Colin James
    Label: True North Records
    Release Date: October 14, 2016
    Review Date: October 4, 2016

    Six-time Juno Award-winning singer/guitarist/songwriter Colin James will release his 18th album, Blue Highways, on October 14 via True North Records, distributed in the U.S. by E1 Entertainment.

    Blue Highways was co-produced by Colin and Dave Meszaros (Wake Owl, Old Man Canyon) and recorded at The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver. The new album pays tribute to some of Colin’s long-time blues idols, including Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Freddie King, Jr. Wells, Buddy Guy, Peter Green, Robert Johnson and William Bell to name a few.

    In the spring of 2015, Colin wrapped up his “Hearts on Fire” album tour. After a couple of months of straight touring, Colin was loving playing with the band and really happy with the sound they had created on stage. What better time to make an album? Especially the album Colin had been itching to make for years - a collection of some of his favorite blues tracks. In less than a week, Colin and his touring band went into The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, and in just two days, Blue Highways was born.

    The lead single, “Going Down,” inspired by the great Freddie King, features Colin James (vocal/lead guitar), backed by Geoff Hicks (drums), Steve Pelletier (bass), Jesse O’Brien (piano) and Craig Northey (rhythm guitar).

    Already inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, Colin James has been named as an inductee into the 2016 Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame. In addition to this honor, Colin will be headlining the Western Canadian Music Awards Show on October 13.

  • Colin James Hits The Open Road

    Posted March 2022

    Colin James 2If you have followed Boomerocity much at all, you already know that I absolutely love the blues. I'm not an expert on it, but I “knows what I’s likes.” And I can tell you that I really likes Colin James. He is a phenomenal blues artist and I've been following him for quite a while and have wanted to interview him for quite a while. The opportunity has finally presented itself as our schedules finally synched up to where we were able to have a chat.

    The main purpose was to talk about his tour kicking off with the legendary Buddy Guy. Can you imagine touring with Buddy Guy? Colin has been friends with Buddy for many years, so we got together to talk about that, his latest album (Open Road – order it by clicking on the album cover to the right of the press release, below), some of the people he's known in the past - especially Stevie Ray Vaughan. All in all, just a great conversation that I'll know you'll enjoy listening in on.

    After you’ve watched the interview, below, share it with your friends. Also, the press release for the tour is posted below it. Check it out to see if they’re performing near you. You can keep up with the latest with Colin by visiting his website, here, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

     

    The Boomerocity Interview With Colin James

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    Press Release

    Colin James to Hit the Open Road as Special Guest on Upcoming Buddy Guy US Tour Dates

    Colin JamesVancouver, BC — Ever since the November 2021, release of his latest Stony Plain Records CD, Open Road, praise for Colin James’ latest album has only added more luster to the storied career of this multi-award-winning, chart-topping, and multi-platinum-selling guitarist. Open Road was mixed at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London, and the new album was released on both CD and vinyl LP formats. Colin also landed a spot on the Big Blues Bender multi-day music extravaganza in Las Vegas openroadcoverClick Above To Order Your Copyfor a second time in 2021.

    And now Colin will begin his first dates in support of Open Road as special guest for the upcoming US tour dates by legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy.

    Colin James is effusive in his excitement about joining Buddy Guy on this tour. “I am seriously looking forward to touring with the great Buddy Guy on all these American dates,” Colin says. “It will be so amazing to be able to see and hear one of the greatest of the second-generation Chicago blues legends, night after night. What an honor and experience this will be!””

    Buddy Guy US Tour Dates with Special Guest Colin James

    3/13 The Saban Theater Beverly Hills, CA
    3/15 California Center for the Arts Escondido, CA
    3/16 Chandler Center for the Arts Chandler, AZ
    3/17 Rialto Theater Tucson, AZ
    3/19 House of Blues Houston, TX
    3/20 Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater Austin, TX
    3/22 House of Blues Dallas, TX
    3/25 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Atlanta, GA
    3/26 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
    3/27 Lexington Opera House Lexington, KY
    3/30 Count Basie Center for the Arts Red Bank, NJ
    3/31 Academy Center of the Arts Lynchburg, VA
    4/1 Paramount Arts Center Ashland, KY
    4/3 The Palace Theater Greensburg, PA
    4/6 The Wellmont Montclair, NJ
    4/7 NYCB Theatre Westbury, NY
    4/8 Kodak Center Rochester, NY