Monday, August 13, 2007
Hi from the Edmonton Folk Festival.
Ollabelle has got to be about the best band I have heard in many moons.
They did an amazing set here in Edmonton and I just played an acoustic set with them at the afterparty and I feel pretty good....
It was a great festival and Blackie broke only a few things.
love to you all
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
We're having a Celebration of Richard Bell's Life in Nashville on Sunday, August 26th at a place called Lyrix, which is located at 94 Peabody Street. It's happening at 2 PM and a bunch of Richard's family and friends will be there.
It would be wonderful to see each and everybody there to celebrate the life of our beloved Reechard.
Love to all,
Saturday, June 16, 2007
It's been so long since I wrote that I don't know if anyone is reading anymore....
My dear friend, the great Richard Bell has passed away. My heart is feeling like there is a gigantic hole in it. He was the greatest musician I have ever known, and as dear a friend as I have ever had.
He was sick for about 11 months, and he fought his illness with the spirit and humour of the true championship human he was (is). More importantly, though, he was a champion for the 60 years earlier, too.
There will be a ceremony for him on Wednesday (likely) and I will post infomation about it.
I will write a bunch more about Reechard and I have hundreds of stories that I will be telling for the rest of my life. I'll try and share them the best I can.
Monday, March 27, 2006
I'm back in Nashville after three great gigs in Ottawa, Montreal and Kemptville, Ontario. My friend Paul Reddick came out to Montreal as my special guest and the other shows were solo shows. I've been enjoying touring this record so much, and I'm so thankful to all who have come out to the shows. I'm getting ready to go to the Juno Awards in Halifax. I'm playing with Paul Reddick there on Friday (the most recent album we made, "Villanelle" is up for an award) and then as part of the True North Review with (among others) my great friend, Tom Wilson. I've been asked to introduce Bruce Cockburn, who will in turn, induct the great Bernie Finkelstein into the Hall of Fame at the Saturday night award ceremony. It should be a great weekend. So now, I'm listening to tons of swing and jump blues as I prepare to produce the upcoming Colin James & The Little Big Band 3 record. If any of you have ideas about tunes, lemme know!
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Hey everybody. I'm back in Tennessee and happy to be. I want to thank all the great folks I met while I was on the road this past couple of months. It was the most fun touring experience I could have had. I got a ton of work done on the new Blackie album (mixing and editing on my portable recording rig) and all the shows went so well. Colin James and his band and crew were great to me, and I just found out that I'm going to produce the upcoming "Colin James & The Little Big Band" album with Colin, so more fun and games coming up.
I flew from Vancouver to Toronto for the Roxanne Potvin record release show, and had a great time. Roxie's album is off to a very promising beginning and I hope everyone loves it. Lots of friends came out to the party including Daniel Lanois (who graciously recorded a duet with Roxanne on the album), Trish O'Callaghan (who is a righteous singer) and my dear friend and drummer, Gary Craig.
Stay in touch and so will I.
Sunday, March 5, 2006
At last, the new site is up! I'm in Vancouver, having finished the Colin James Limelight tour last night at the River Rock Casino. The tour was amazing. I find it a challenge to leave home and hit the road- there's lots to do at home- and this tour was one of my favourites ever. Thanks to everybody in the band and crew, and thanks to all of the great folks I got to meet who were so kind and into the music.
I'm out here for another week, doing 4 shows in BC and taking off a day in the middle to play with Roxanne Potvin for her CD release on Thursday in Toronto. I had a great time producing her record. She's tremendously talented and a great gal as well.
Saturday, March 4, 2006
Well, we have the new site up (as of March 2006). Colin's been looking forward to this as a new start for maintenance and contribution, so you can expect to see regular entries -- as you can see, it's been a while, hrm...
Enjoy, Colin. Enjoy, all!
Saturday, April 20, 2002
Just got back to Nashville a few days ago. I had a whilwind two-week Canadian sojourn. Played the Horseshoe in Toronto with my band, and for the second set, Tom Wilson & Stephen Fearing came up and we played Blackie & The Rodeo Kings tunes. It was fun. Played a couple of great solo gigs (in Jordon Village & at the NAC in Ottawa) and then headed east for the Juno Awards. The Junos were held in St. John's, Newfoundland this year, and it was such a pleasure to be there. The people are so warm and funny and soulful. Music is such a part of the culture there. It had been 16 years since I last was there, and I sure would be happy to go back. I got to connect with lots of friends who were out for the awards and it seemed like everybody was enjoying themselves. It felt more like a folk festival than an awards show. My award was called last on the Saturday ceremony and I was sure they had forgotten to call my catagory. By the time they announced the blues catagory, I was so happy they hadn't forgotten it, that it felt like a bonus to win.
Thanks everybody for supporting this record. I'll be on the road a whole bunch this summer playing tunes from it.
Sunday, March 17, 2002
We had a swell time in California at the Grammys. Both "Down From The Mountain" and "Timeless" won awards. It was great to be involved with those records. And of course, it was a wonderful night for all of us involved in "O Brother". Amazing to see Ralph Stanley up there on the podium. It was a good day for soul music. Back here in Nashville, all is well. Colin James is coming to town to write this week, and then Jimmy Weider is coming in next week. Then we head back to Canada, where I play with my band at the Horseshoe on April 3. Who knows? Maybe even some guys from another band I play in will show up????? Then I play a few more shows including a double bill with Sue Foley in Ottawa (we each play solo) on April 6th. Hopefully, I'll have learned a few of these new songs I've made up well enough to play 'em. Then its off to the Junos in Newfoundland. "Big Mouth" and Paul Reddick & The Sidemen's "Rattlebag" are both nominated in the Blues catagory. Looking forward to going back to St. John's. I haven't been there since we played there in 1986!
Sunday, February 17, 2002
Just finished a new album for Sue Foley. She rocks. The album's going to be called, "Where The Action Is" and it'll be coming out in May or June on Shanachie Records. Janice & I are getting ready to go out to Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards next week. It's pretty exciting. Lots of our friends will be there, and a bunch of really good records are being nominated. When we get back, we'll be getting a new email server, so I can send outgoing mail, which I've been unable to do for over a month. Thanks everybody for writing, and I'll try to get back to you soon.
Friday, January 18, 2002
Johnny Dymond, Gary Craig and Richard Bell came down to Nashville this past week, and we actually got to play three shows. The first one, last Sunday, was at 3rd & Lindsley. It was broadcast and webcast on Lightning 100- a really good radio station here in Nashville. Then we played at The Basement on Monday and did a showcase at the Exit/In on Tuesday, as part of my friend Billy Block's "Western Beat Roots Revival". Our band hadn't played together for a few months. It was fantastic to get to make music together. We've been together for a long time now- Gary's been playing with me for 17 and a half years, Richard for 12 and Johnny for 11. There's such a great chemistry between us. The gigs went really well. Lots of folks came out, including plenty of friends. The band stayed until today. We all went and saw our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs lose to the Nashville Predators. It was still fun, though. We got our tickets through Bob Gainey (Dallas Stars), who I met in Texas last year. Thanks Bob.
Tuesday, January 8, 2002
The quality of life here in Nashville has been greatly improved, c/o Neely's BBQ on Nolensville Rd. The Pork Ribs are superb and the BBQ Spaghetti is really remarkable. The Beef Ribs ain't too shabby either. Enjoy!
Sunday, January 6, 2002
We (Colin and the webmasters) want to welcome you to the new and (finally) completely re-done Colin Linden Web site. Just in time for 2002. More or less.
Colin will be posting comments to this page when he has an announcement to make, spare time, etc.
Parts of the site will be opened up gradually, so we will also use this page to announce new sections as they become available over the next week or two.
For further updating, including announcements of new posts to this page, we invite you to join our mailing list. For the moment, it's strictly an announcements list (not a discussion list), but if we have some interest, we may start one of those as well!