Continuing a career that has taken him from the rolling prairies to stages around the world, award winning, chart-topping, and platinum-selling guitarist Colin James will release his 20th studio album Open Road on Nov. 5 via Stony Plain Records.
Hot on the heels of his sumertime single Down On The Bottom, the singer-guitarist and Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame member has revealed the song’s video — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Having set a high bar in Canadian music, James remains at the top of his game, continuously challenging himself creatively. Open Road is no different, following hims Juno-winning 2018 release Miles To Go — an album that garnered worldwide attention as it debuted on blues charts and added six new Maple Blues Awards to his running total of 27.
With 20-plus albums across 30-plus years, James’ career is rich in highlights — beginning 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 the self-penned hits Voodoo Thing and Five Long Years, was the fastest-selling album in Canadian history, winning him the first of his seven Junos and an opening spot on tour with Keith Richards.
In addition to his own recordings, 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, 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. He is also 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.