Colin James comes back to say hello in March

Colin James GigCity EdmontonColin James may be famous for the line where he just came back to say goodbye – but Canada’s blues-rock poster child has never said goodbye even once and he still keeps coming back at least once a year.

This time it’s at the Winspear Centre on Monday, March 30, 2015, on tour to support his forthcoming 16th studio album, Hearts On Fire. Tickets to the show are $45 to $80 and go ON SALE Friday, Nov. 21 at the Winspear box office.

The multiple Juno winner and his fans have enjoyed a diverse and remarkable career that spans the realms of the roots of rock. He was a straight-ahead rocker, as heard in the aforementioned Just Came Back To Say Goodbye and songs like Five Long Years, back in the day. He’s proven himself a bonifide white bluesman of the highest order on such albums as National Steel. He’s jumped into jazz with Colin James and the Little Big Band, flirted with soul, gone down to Memphis, taken it to Bakersfield, boarded a southbound train to a chicken shack to New Orleans, then back to Saskatchewanian roots to rest up for the next journey. Where next? The new album, out Feb. 3, features his fellow Canadian rootsman Colin Linden as co-producer and various musical wizardry, may have more of a country flavour due to it being recorded in – you guessed it – Nashville.

Colin says in a press release, “Every time I hear the songs I feel like I’m right back in The South.”