Monday, April 9, 2012

Colin James-'Man's Gotta be a Stone'

Colin James (born Colin James Munn, August 17, 1964, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, who plays in the blues, rock, and neo-swing genres. He grew up as a Quaker.

Early years

James and his band The Hoodoo Men opened for Stevie Ray Vaughan for several tour dates in the U.S.. James also played guitar on Richard Marx's song "Thunder and Lightning".
[edit] Rock and swing band careers

In 1988, following his association with Vaughan, James released his self-titled debut album, which yielded several international hit singles, as did the followup Sudden Stop. He presaged the mid-1990s swing music revival with his Colin James and the Little Big Band project, which released a successful first CD in 1993, followed by two others in 1998 and 2006, as well as a Christmas album in 2007.

James's worldwide popularity waned somewhat in the late 1990s, but he continued to release albums in rock, blues, and acoustic styles, in addition to his Little Big Band. In 2005, he gave a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to his home province of Saskatchewan.

James' backing band frequently includes members of the Vancouver-based band Odds, and he has co-written songs with Odds singer-guitarist Craig Northey. In February 2005, James guest-starred in an episode of the television program Corner Gas, a Canadian sitcom based in rural Saskatchewan.

In 2007, James' album Limelight received a Gold record for sales in Canada. In January 2008, James received three Toronto Blues Society Maple Blues Awards: "Entertainer of the Year", "Electric Act of the Year" and "Recording of the Year" for Colin James & The Little Big Band

In 2009, James recorded an album, and amongst the collaborators were Tom Wilson, once of Junkhouse. The album, Rooftops and Satellites, was co-produced, engineered and mixed by Mike Fraser, at the Warehouse studios in Vancouver.

Studio albums

Colin James (1988)
Sudden Stop (1990)
Colin James and the Little Big Band (1993)
Bad Habits (1995)
National Steel (1997)
Colin James and the Little Big Band II (1998)
Fuse (2000)
Traveler (2003)
Limelight (2005)
Colin James & The Little Big Band 3 (2006)
Colin James & The Little Big Band: Christmas (2007)
Rooftops and Satellites (2009)

Compilation albums

Then Again... (1995)
Take it From The Top: The Best Of Colin James (2011)

Guest appearances

The Chieftains - Another Country (1992)
JW-Jones Blues Band - My Kind of Evil (2004)
Craig Northey and Jesse Valenzuela - Northey Valenzuela (2004)
Corner Gas


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