|Tags:||blues canadian blues rock rock swing|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Colin James Munn, 17 August 1964, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. James first musical love was folk, but by his early teens he had developed a keen interest in the blues. His schoolwork suffered as he proceeded to master blues guitar. Upon leaving school at the age of 16, James moved to Winnipeg and formed the HooDoo Men. In 1983 James befriended Stevie Ray Vaughan who became a mentor to the young Canadian. Three years later he released the Five Long Years single for the Bumstead Records label, and put together a band comprising John Ferreira (saxophone), Rick Hopkins (keyboards), Mark Weston (bass), and Darrel Mayes (drums). Having impressed a Virgin Records executive by literally dancing on his table at a gig, James was signed and released his self-titled debut album in 1988. The debut, although competent, did not fully convey the excitement of his live gigs. Much more satisfying and gutsy was Sudden Stop, featuring new bass player Dennis Marcenko...