“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 20 studio albums, 8 Juno Awards, 29 Maple Blues Awards and
multi-platinum record sales. His latest 2021 release, Open Road, is a celebration of
personal connections. It includes original tunes written with long time collaborators such as
Colin Linden, Craig Northey and Tom Wilson and reinterpretations of covers by a diverse
group of songwriters including Bob Dylan, Albert King, Tony Joe White and others.
His 2018 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 Industry Hall of Fame in
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.
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