Colin James Hits the “Open Road” 

Submitted by Sandy Graham

Colin James is truly a Canadian and musical treasure and has been able to release album after album, each one with its own unique blend of retro and rock, and he never disappoints. I have personally been a fan for years and with the release of “Open Road”, this one is sure to be a playlist repeat in my library. 

And now from the rolling prairies of Saskatchewan to the Open Road of a storied career, multi-award winning, chart-topping, and multi-Platinum selling guitarist Colin James releases his 20th studio album November 5, 2021 via Stony Plain Records and available for pre-order.

Following this summer’s track, “Down On The Bottom,” the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Famer has revealed the release’s video —

Having set a soaring bar for inimitable talent in Canadian music, Colin James remains at the top of his game, continuously challenging himself creatively. 

Open Road lands no differently, and follows James’ JUNO-winning and most recent full-length, 2018’s Miles To Go — an album that garnered worldwide attention as it debuted on the Billboard Blues Charts, the iTunes Blues Chart, and added six new Maple Blues Awards to his running total of 27. 

In delivering 20+ albums across 30+ years, a look back over Colin James’ career reveals a timeline rich in highlights, kicking off when he subbed in for a no-show opening act at a Stevie Ray Vaughan concert in his hometown of Regina. 

His 1988 self-titled debut, featuring two self-penned hits “Voodoo Thing” and “Five Long Years,” was the fastest-selling album in Canadian history, winning him his first of now-seven JUNOs, and an opening spot on tour with Keith Richards. 

In addition to his own studio offerings, Colin James has worked with some of the world’s most revered artists across his multi-decade career — 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. 

And beyond his own recording and touring to massive sold-out crowds, he is a prolific songwriter with his music recorded by the likes of Maria Muldaur, Johnny Hallyday, and Lucinda Williams. He is also credited with launching the swing revival, thanks to his wildly popular Little Big Band. 

Colin James’ new album, Open Road, is available this November 5, 2021 via Stony Plain Records. 

His new single, “Down On The Bottom” is available now!

Colin James Tour Dates

November 8, 2021            Qualicom Civic Centre    Qualicom Beach BC

November 9, 2021            Tidemark Theatre            Campbell River BC

November 10, 2021         Evergreen Theatre           Powell River BC

November 13, 2021         Cleland Theatre                 Penticton BC

November 14, 2021         Performing Arts Centre   Vernon BC

November 15, 2021         Key City Theatre               Cranbrook  BC

November 17, 2021         Festival Place                    Sherwood Park AB

November 18, 2021         Festival Place                    Sherwood Park AB

November 20, 2021         Vic Juba Theatre               Lloydminster AB

November 21, 2021         Cargill Theatre                  Camrose AB

November 23, 2021         Blues At The Bow             Bow Island AB

November 24, 2021         Blues At The Bow             Bow Island AB

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