Colin James – Up Close and Personal Tour with special guest Chris Caddell

Event Details

Bell Performing Arts Centre

Colin James needs no introduction. This iconic Canadian legend burst onto the music scene a quarter century ago, becoming an instant rock guitar hero having been mentored by the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan.

That solid foundation is readily apparent throughout this pop superstar’s career, which includes an acclaimed blues album and the lead role in swing revival. A multi-platinum artist many times over, Colin has written memorable hit songs and given us distinctive covers of timeless classics; among them, “Just Came Back”, “Why’d You Lie”, “Five Long Years”, “Voodoo Thing”, “Man’s Gotta Be Stone”, “Freedom”, “Keep On Loving Me Baby”, “Stay”, “I’m Losing You”, “I Hope You’re Happy”, Stones In My Passway” as well as the new “Stone Faith” and “Oh Well”.

Along the way, James has received numerous well-deserved accolades and honors. He gave a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to his home province of Saskatchewan in 2005. His 1988 self-titled debut, featuring his two self-penned hits “Voodoo Thing” and “Five Long Years,” was the fastest-selling album in Canadian history. The hit “Just Came Back” reached #3 on the U.S. radio charts. He has been nominated for 15 Juno Awards, winning six of them including Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year (1989), Single of the Year for “Just Came Back” (1991), Male Vocalist of the Year (1991), Male Vocalist of the Year (1996), Best Blues Album for National Steel (1998) and Best Producer for “Let’s Shout” and “C’mon with the C’mon” from Colin James and the Little Big Band II (1999). Additionally, Colin has been won a staggering 16 Maple Blues Awards, including, Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year” and “Recording of the Year” for Colin James & The Little Big Band 3 (2008). This incredible performer continues to sell out shows coast to coast. And he shows no sign of stopping any time soon.

With his latest album, aptly titled Fifteen, Colin James returns to his full-blooded rock roots, showcasing some of the best rock, blues, gospel and pop songs that Colin has ever written. Having traversed so many genres—from blues and rock to pop and swing and back again—he has sometimes puzzled onlookers with his eclecticism. Does his audience finally know what to expect from Colin James? This acoustic tour will no doubt be a perfect blend of old and new, as you get up close and personal with Colin James!

In a world of mediocrity and over-used ideas Chris Caddell is the real deal. With just one listen you are reminded of the art and craftsmanship that characterized the music of yesteryear. He takes you back to a time when guitarists were superheroes. His signature rasp and guitar wizardry are unmistakable in the addictive “Through My Hands (Electric)”, the blue-collar anthem “Workin”, “Through The Wreckage” and “People Get Ready” an insightful and soulful cover of the Curtis Mayfield classic.

Chris Caddell is a guitarist of rare breed. A sought-after master musician, he has shared studio and stage with Sass Jordan, Hawksley Workman, Amanda Marshall, Fefe Dobson, Melissa O’Neill, Rex Goudie, Tara Sloane, Susie McNeil, Thornley and the late Jeff Healey. Inspired by the likes of Hendrix, Vaughn, Clapton and Page, Caddell wields his guitar like a living extension of his own body. Without a doubt, Chris Caddell will soon shine with the same brilliance!



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