"All my life I’ve tried to bring vitality to older songs" says Colin James in presenting the sequel to 2016's 'Blue Highways', an album of covers recorded with his touring band.
The Canadian artist dusted off his red Gibson ES-335 in order to get into the zone for this record, his 19th studio album.
It is a collection of blues classics with songs by well established greats including Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Little Willie John and Robert Johnson.
To this esteemed company James bravely adds two of his own songs: I Will Remain and 40 Light Years.
His love affair with the blues began when, aged 16, he witnessed James Cotton at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. James' take on Cotton's One More Mile bookends the album in electric and acoustic versions.
So many artists, ranging from Bob Dylan to Laibach, have had a stab at See That My Grave Is Kept Clean that it's nigh on impossible to bring anything new to the table.
Wisely James plays things fairly straight and doesn't take any liberties with such material. His album therefore stands as a bland yet affectionate homage to a genre that is old but never seems to age.
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