Colin recently signed with True North and he released his 18th album on Oct 14th titled ‘Blue Highways’
Colin has basically gone back to his roots and is covering his favorite blues tracks, some he’s been playing since he was 15/16.
After his last tour he went straight in the studio and cut 36 songs in 24 hours.
Blue Highways pays tribute to some of the singer/ guitarist’s long time blues idols including Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Freddie King, Jr. Wells & Buddy Guy, Peter Green, Robert Johnson and William Bell to name a few. In the spring of 2015 Colin wrapped up his Hearts on Fire tour. After a couple of months of straight touring, Colin was loving playing with the band and really happy with the sound they had created on stage. What better time to make a record? Especially the record Colin had been itching to make for years – a collection of some of his favourite blues tracks. In less than a week Colin and his touring band went into The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver and in just 2 days, Blue Highways was born.
Colin James – Going Down
For the majority of the record the band is:
Geoff Hicks – Drums
Steve Pelletier – Bass
Jesse O’Brien – Hammond & Piano
Craig Northey – Guitar
On 2 songs were:
Pat Steward – Drums
Norm Fisher – Bass
Simon Kendall – Hammond & Piano
Craig Northey – Guitar
Here’s the Western Canada dates for the Blue Highways tour..
Starting March 1
03/01 Medicine Hat, AB / The Esplanade
03/02 Edmonton, AB / Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
03/03 Calgary, AB / Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
03/04 Kelowna, BC / Kelowna Community Theatre
03/06 Nanaimo, BC / The Port Theatre
03/07 Victoria, BC / The Royal Theatre
03/08 Vancouver, BC / The Orpheum
Jeff Healey & Colin James – 1989 – Killing Jive & What Do You Want Me To Do
Fabulous singer/songwriter Donovan Woods – has just released an EP called
THEY ARE GOING AWAY
NOMINATED FOR TWO CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS
On tour now with Joey Landreth – Tonight in Canmore, Alberta
Donovan Woods has released They Are Going Away, the follow up EP to his Polaris Music Prize long-listed album, Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled. And to celebrate, Woods is revealing the new lyric video for EP track “What They Mean” via Pop Matters. Woods wrote the song with Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum) and songwriter Abe Stoklasa.
Donovan Woods’ acclaimed fourth album, Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled, was just recently nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards for Contemporary Album Of The Year and English Songwriter Of The Year. However, the songwriting sessions had a few tracks that didn’t make the full LP, but just couldn’t stay on the cutting room floor either. And as such, Woods is releasing those tracks They Are Going Away.
Donavan Woods, who is an exceptional acoustic guitarist in his own right, says these songs didn’t make the track listing for Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled because he didn’t want to rush the lyrics or force them to be finished. A fourth selection, “Empty Rooms” is about moving on from a relationship — when that’s not such a bad thing. Although it’s new, Woods felt it was a comfortable fit.
With the release of Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled, the critics chimed in immediately. The Globe And Mail called it “a gentle, honest collection of melancholic observations and hushed tunefulness,” while NOW Magazine claimed the album was full of “wistful songs that tug at the heartstrings of anyone who’s had feelings about partners, ex-partners, where you’re from, where you shouldn’t have gone.”
After a cross-Canada tour earlier this year with Matt Andersen and festival and club appearances all over North America, Donovan Woods is preparing to head back out on the road for a run of Canadian headline dates. Joining him will be Joey Landreth from the JUNO-Award winning band The Bros. Landreth. The tour began October 13 and all dates are listed below.
|Jonah and the Whale||Mike ferris||Shine for all the people|
|Turn around||Jonny Lang||Live at The Ryman|
|Angel of Fenway||James Taylor||Before the World|
|Feel menow||The harpoonist and the Axe Murderer||A real fine mess|
|Welcome to Mulligan Stew – Year 20||www.canadahouse.com|
|Further on down the road (live)||Tay Mahal and Jack Johnson||Kukua Festival|
|Gun Street girl||Tom Waits||Rain Dogs|
|Mulligan Stew – with TD Mulligan||www.canadahouse.com|
|Playlist at www.mulliganstew.ca||Coming UP – Interview with Colin James – Blue Highways|
|Colin James Interview Blue Highways||Blue Highways|
|Killing Jive (live)||Colin James and Jeff Healey at Much Music||Studio Session|
|Colin James Interview||Blue Highways|
|Watch Out||Colin James||Blue Highways|
|Colin James Interview and Going Down||Blue Highways|
|Colin James Interview and You don’t miss your water||Colin James||Blue Highways|
|Fame||David Bowie||Best of 74-79|
|Rescue Me||Amy Helm||Didnt it rain|
|Ruler of my heart||Dirty Dozen Brass Band featuring Norah Jones||featuring Norah Jones|
|Corina Corina||Bob Dylan||Best of|
|Lionel Rault Interview||www.mulliganstew.ca|
|Trenchtown Rock (live at the Roxy)||Bob Marley||Marley Soundtrack|
|Miss Ann||Johnny Winter||Second Winter|
|Rip it up||Wanda jackson||The party ain’t over|
|Coming Up on The Stew – Donovan Woods Interview||www.coyotesbanff.com|
|SOB (live of Fallon)||Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats||Live of Fallon|
|Lost Together (live)||Blue Rodeo||Live at Massey Hall|
|Allison (live)||Elvis Costello with Neil Young||Bridge School Concerts|
|The great gig in the sky||Pink Floyd||Dark side of the Moon|
|Donovan Woods Interview and Drive through Town||Tour dates at www.mulliganstew.ca||They are going away EP|
|Sweet Jane||Lou Reed||Rock and Roll Animal|