Colin James Tickets
Colin James is no stranger to the world of neo-swing, rock and blues music. A Canadian singer and songwriter, James’s latest album Blue Highways was released in 2016 in which he pays tribute to his idols Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson, Peter Green, Jimmy Reed and others. He will soon be in the US, performing live at various venues to promote his latest album. If you are fan of James’s, then get your Colin James tickets now. He will be playing at select venues, so the tickets are expected to sell out fast. In addition to playing from his latest album, James may also play some of his popular songs such as Into the Mystic, Five Long Years, Voodoo Thing and others.
Colin James is the winner of six Juno Awards in Best Blues Album, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year categories.
The Blues Guy from Canada
Colin James Munn is from Regina, Saskatchewan. Born on August 17, 1964, James is a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, harmonica, piano and saxophone. He has been making music since 1984, the year he unexpectedly got his big break.
In 1984, Stevie Ray Vaughan was performing in Regina and his opening act didn’t show up. Instead James and a local band Flying Colours were invited to fill in. They were told only a few hours before the show was to start. Not someone to give into pressure easily, James performed like a pro. Vaughan was so impressed that he invited James to perform with him during the encore. The two clicked and later Vaughan invited him to join his tour and open for him permanently. This was the beginning of Colin James Munn.
From Munn to Colin James
Colin James and his band, The Hoodoo Men became a permanent feature of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s tours in the US. James in those days was introduced as Munn. Interestingly it was Vaughan himself who suggested that Munn take up the stage name Colin James instead. Vaughan thought that when Munn was announced on arena P.A. systems, it sounded like Mud. This resulted in the renaming of the artist who from that point onwards has always been called Colin James.
Vaughan was like a mentor to James. Encouraged by how well his music was received by both fans and critics, James released his debut album Colin James in 1988. This album would be certified Double Platinum in his native Canada and to date remains his most successful work. It also earned him a Juno Award for Most Promising Artist. A 10-track album, Colin James was recorded in Miami and received four out of five stars from Allmusic. Voodoo Thing, Five Long Years, Dream of Satin and Why’d You Lie were some of the more popular songs from this album.
Sudden Stop was James’s second album released in 1990. Though not as big a hit as his debut, it was still certified Platinum in Canada. The album was recorded in Memphis and Vancouver. On this album, James collaborated with Bonnie Raitt, Bobby Whitlock and The Memphis Horns. Sudden Stop earned James two Juno Awards and one of the singles Just Came Back became one of the biggest hits from this album.
Colin James would release 13 more studio albums after Sudden Stop. Out of these, Bad Habits, National Steel, Colin James and the Little Big Hand II would be huge hits. In addition, James continued collaborating with other artists. One of his singles Into the Mystic from album Limelight (certified Gold in Canada) was penned by Van Morrison.
In addition to releasing studio albums, Colin James has also released many successful singles, compilation albums and live albums.
On Her Majesty’s Musical Service
In the UK, a Royal Command Performance is a phrase used for any performance given by a musician or actor at the request of a reigning monarch. In 2005, James gave a Command Performance. This was the result of Queen Elizabeth II visiting Saskatchewan in 2005 and requesting James for a musical performance.
Blue Highways Review
Music News has called Blue Highways an extraordinary effort. The review also added 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.
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