Canadian blues/rock guitar icon Colin James, performing at last year’s Roots and Blues Festival in Salmon Arm, brings a raw blues sound to the Royal Theatre on March 17. (Jim Elliott/Black Press)

Colin James brings the blues back to Victoria

80s and 90s rock guitar slinger pays tribute to old-time blues greats with new album, March 17 show

Hot on the heels of the release of his 19th album, Miles to Go, veteran Canadian guitar-slinger Colin James is hitting the road; this time in full blues mode.

James first found success with the release of his rock-forward, self-titled debut album in 1988, which spawned hit singles and now-classic rock radio staples, “Five Long Years,” “Voodoo Thing,” and “Chicks ‘n’ Cars (And the Third World War).” Since then James has proven a versatile performer, dabbling in swing with his Little Big Band, diving deep into acoustic blues with his National Steel album and continuing to rock with hits such as “Just Came Back.”

Now James is paying homage to the blues legends who came before him and inspired him to pick up a six-string in the first place. Miles to Go is the second in a two-album stretch of covers of songs from some of his favourite artists, including Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Blind Willie Johnson and others. Thinking of the blues as a constant dialogue with the past, James brings his own vibe to these classics, while honouring the traditions and history of the genre.

James is bringing this history of the blues, along with his own storied career, to Victoria with his touring band, ready to rock the Royal Theatre on Sunday, March 17. For more information and tickets visit rmts.bc.ca.



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