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Great reviews of Blue Highways

“What a belting album! Simply terrific. Colin James has around 15 albums under his belt but this is one of the freshest and most dynamic things I’ve heard in ages…He has the chops and he definitely has the experience but it is clear that he also has a love for the Blues and this is definitely one of the best around at the moment. ” – Music-News

“The fact that this is such a cohesive disc and the playing is a heartfelt celebration of the love for this music and its variety is something that explodes off the disc.  A great disc to celebrate all that the blues has to offer. ” – No Depression

“I like to offer a favourite song at this stage; but you really can cover your eyes and pick anything and be impressed…” – The Rocking Magpie 

All Aboard the CP Holiday Train with Colin James

CP’s annual Holiday Train program is a rolling fundraising event that travels across Canada and the United States raising money, food and awareness for food banks and hunger issues, hosting free holiday concerts along the way. Since 1999 the program has raised more than $12 million and 3.9 million pounds of food.

The Holiday Train is proudly sporting an all-Canadian musical line up with multiple Canadian Country Music Award and Juno Award winners. The Canadian train will feature musical guests Dallas Smith and Odds. On board the U.S. train, Kelly Prescott will partner with Doc Walker between Montreal and Windsor, Ont., with Colin James covering the Midwest and Great Plains shows. Jonathan Roy will also perform at all Quebec locations.

For schedule and full details, visit http://www.cpr.ca/holiday-train/united-states.

Colin James Announces Spring Canada Tour Dates

 Tickets On Sale October 14th, 2016 

October 11, 2016 – Critically acclaimed, Juno Award winning singer-songwriter Colin James has announced cross-Canada tour dates in support of his new album Blue Highways (released via True North Records).

Blue Highways pays tribute to some of the singer/guitarist’s long time blues idols including Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Freddie KingJr. Wells & Buddy Guy, Peter GreenRobert Johnson and William Bell to name a few.  In the spring of 2015 Colin wrapped up his Hearts on Fire 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 a record?  Especially the record Colin had been itching to make for years – a collection of some of his favourite blues tracks.  In less than a week Colin and his touring band went into The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver and in just 2 days, Blue Highways was born.

“My band and I are really excited about playing some of these great blues songs for live audiences across the country,” said James of the tour.

Colin James Tour Dates:

02/06             Belleville, ON / Empire Theatre

02/07              Ottawa, ON / National Arts Centre

02/10              Moncton, NB / Casino New Brunswick

02/11              Halifax, NS / Casino Nova Scotia

02/15              Brockville, ON / Brockville Arts Centre

02/16              Montreal, QC / Theatre Maisonneuve

02/17              Peterborough, ON / Showplace Theatre

02/18              Toronto, ON / Massey Hall

02/20              Kitchener, ON / Centre in the Square

02/21              Hamilton, ON / Hamilton Place

02/22              London, ON / Centennial Hall

02/25              Winnipeg, MB / Burton Cummings Theatre

02/26              Saskatoon, SK / TCU Place

02/27              Regina, SK / Conexus Arts Centre

03/01              Medicine Hat, AB / The Esplanade

03/02              Edmonton, AB / Northern Jubilee

03/03              Calgary, AB / Southern Jubilee

03/04              Kelowna, BC / Kelowna Community Theatre

03/06              Nanaimo, BC / The Port Theatre

03/07              Victoria, BC / The Royal Theatre

03/08              Vancouver, BC / The Orpheum

 

For publicity inquiries, product request or interview opportunities please contact:

Eric Alper (eric@truenorthrecords.com / (905) 690-9397 ext 234)

 

 

Colin James to appear with Tim Hicks at the CCMA Awards Show

(Toronto, ON) August 23, 2016 – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) has revealed the remaining performers as part of the 2016 CCMA Awards Show line-up. Terri Clark, Cold Creek County, Tim Hicks joined by Colin James, Johnny Reid, and special guest Sam Hunt will all take the stage at Budweiser Gardens in London, ON on Sunday, September 11. The 2016 CCMA Awards Show will air live on CBC at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

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Colin James announces new album, “Blue Highways”, Oct 14 via True North Records

Colin James - Blue HighwaysDUE OCTOBER 14 VIA TRUE NORTH RECORDS

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August 4, 2016 (Toronto, ON) – Juno Award Winning Singer-songwriter Colin James will release his 18th album, Blue Highways, on October 14 via True North Records.

Blue Highways was co-produced by Colin and Dave Meszaros (Wake Owl, Old Man Canyon) and recorded at The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver.

Blue Highways pays tribute to some of the singer/ guitarist’s longtime 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 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 a record?  Especially the record 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 2 days, Blue Highways was born.

The lead single, “Going Down” inspired by the great Freddie King features; Geoff Hicks (Drums), Steve Pelletier (Bass), Jesse O’Brien (Piano), Craig Northey (Rhythm Guitar), and of course Colin James (Vocal/Guitar).

Colin James has been named as an inductee into the 2016 Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame presented by FACTOR. In addition to this honour, Colin will be headlining the Western Canadian Music Awards Show at Casino Regina on October 13, kicking off BreakOut West’s 14th year of celebrating western Canada’s talent.

BLUE HIGHWAYS TRACK LIST

  1. Boogie Funk (Written by Freddie King)
  2. Watch Out (Written by Peter Green)
  3. Big Road Blues (Written by Thomas Johnson)
  4. Bad Bad Whiskey (Written by Thomas M Davis)
  5. Going Down (Written by Don Nix)
  6. Gypsy Woman (Written by McKinley Morganfield)
  7. Goin’ Away (Written by James A. Lane)
  8. Lonesome (Written by Peter Chatman)
  9. Hoodoo Man Blues (Written by Amos Blakemore (Jr. Wells)
  10. Riding In The Moonlight / Mr. Luck (Riding In The Moonlight Written by Chester Burnett (Howlin’ Wolf)  (Mr. Luck Written by Jimmy Reed)
  11. Don’t Miss You Water (Written by William Bell)
  12. Ain’t Long For Day (Written by Blind Willie McTell)
  13. Last Fair Deal (Written by Robert Johnson)

 

For publicity inquiries, product request or interview opportunities please contact:
Eric Alper Email:  eric@truenorthrecords.com
Phone: (905) 690-9397 ext 234

 

It’s that time of year again!

Get into the spirit with Christmas by Colin James & The Little Big Band! Festive hits include “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”, “Let It Snow”, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, and of course, “Blue Christmas”. The full album is available on iTunes.