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Album: Open Road
Label: Stony Plain
Vertrieb: AL!VE
VÖ: 5. November 2021

Mit einem Koffer voller Songs, die in den letzten zwei Jahren sowohl unterwegs als auch im Lockdown geschrieben wurden, war es eine schwierige Entscheidung, nur 13 für dieses Album auszuwählen. Colin James und seinem Co-Produzenten Dave Meszaros gelang es, drei komplette Bandsessions in Vancouver für die Aufnahme einzurichten, und der Rest wurde aus der Ferne durch Pandemie-Sperren mit Studios auf beiden Seiten des Atlantiks erledigt. Das Ergebnis ist ein atemberaubendes Album, das die Magie einfängt, die Musiker vollbringen können, wenn ihnen Zeit und Raum gegeben werden.


Der mit Platin ausgezeichnete Künstler Colin James hat über 655.000 wöchentliche YouTube-Kanalaufrufe, 167.5.000 monatliche Spotify-Hörer, 9.7K monatliche Pandora-Hörer und 5.8K Fans auf Deezer, was seine begeisterte internationale Fangemeinde unter Beweis stellt. Er ist siebenfacher JUNO-Preisträger und erhielt 15 Karriere-Nominierungen. Er hat 27 Maple Blues Awards gewonnen und ist sowohl in die Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame (2014) als auch in die Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame (2016) aufgenommen.


Open Road wurde in den legendären Abbey Road Studios in London, Großbritannien, gemischt.

 Colin James Biography 

“I’m opening doors for you –walk through them.” 

Stevie Ray Vaughan. 


From the prairies of Saskatchewan to sharing the stage with arguably the greatest and 

most influential guitarists of all time, Colin James still remembers those words of advice 

given to him by the late, great, Stevie Ray Vaughan. 


Colin James has taken those words to heart. His career has spanned over 30 years, with a track record that includes 19 studio albums, 7 Juno Awards, 27 Maple Blues Awards and multi-platinum record sales. His most recent album Miles To Go garnered worldwide attention, debuting on the Billboard Blues Charts and holding a position on the RMR Blues Chart for 24 weeks, 14 weeks in the top 10. He continues to sell out shows across Canada with over 80,000 tickets sold on tours over the past 3 years. Colin was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2014. 


Looking back over Colin’s career, it’s a timeline rich in highlights. His 1988 self-titled debut, featuring his two self-penned hits “Voodoo Thing” and “Five Long Years,” was the fastest-selling album in Canadian history. It won him his first Juno and an opening spot on tour with Keith Richards. His second album, Sudden Stop, featured his hit “Just Came Back,” which reached #3 on the U.S. radio charts and earned him the Juno Award for “Single of the Year.” Colin was next credited with launching the swing revival, thanks to his wildly popular Little Big Band, which has released four successful albums to date. 


However, it wasn’t until 2016’s Blue Highways that James found himself on a blues chart: the album spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Roots Music Report’s Blues Chart. It also landed him one of his biggest hits: “Riding in the Moonlight,” a Willie Dixon song that garnered millions of streams on Spotify. 


Over the years Colin has worked with some of the world’s most revered artists including, Bonnie Raitt, Albert Collins, Pops Staples, Robert Cray, Albert King, Keith Richards, Lenny Kravitz, ZZ Top, Mavis Staples, Luther Allison, Roomful of Blues, Bobby King and Terry Evans, John Hammond Jr., The Chieftains, Carlos Santana, Little Feat, Johnny Hallyday, Jeff Healey, and Buddy Guy. In addition to his own recording and touring Colin is a prolific songwriter, his music has been recorded by the likes of Maria Muldaur, Johnny Hallyday and Lucinda Williams. Upon his 2019 release Miles To Go, Colin earned the Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year, as well as 6 Maple Blues Awards in several blues categories. 


Colin has set the bar for consistency and talent in Canadian music and even after 19 acclaimed albums remains at the top of his game, always challenging himself musically. A consummate professional and a superb guitarist, Colin is a musician’s, musician. The  confidence that comes with maturity can be heard in his voice and seen in hiselectrifying stage performance. He does what comes naturally – he always has – he knows no other way and no other life.

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