Colin James / Inspiration Blues

Colin James

James was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
His grandpa was Serbian. He got his break opening for Stevie Ray Vaughan in Regina in 1984.
When the scheduled opening act did not show, he only had a few hours' notice to put together a set of blues standards with members from the local Regina band "Flying Colours". Vaughan invited James to perform with him during the encore, and then join his tour as a permanent opening act.
He and his band The Hoodoo Men opened for Vaughan for several tour dates in the United States. According to legend, Vaughan himself suggested the stage name "Colin James", because when announced over arena P.A. systems, "Munn" sounded like "Mud".
James also played guitar on Richard Marx's song "Thunder and Lightning".

In 1988, following his association with Vaughan, James released his self-titled debut album, which yielded several international hit singles, as did the follow up Sudden Stop.
He presaged the mid-1990s swing music revival with his Colin James and the Little Big Band project, which released a successful first CD in 1993, with a follow-up gold record in 1998, a third disc 2006, and a Christmas album in 2007.

James's worldwide popularity waned somewhat in the late 1990s, but he continued to release albums in rock, blues, and acoustic styles.
In 2005, he gave a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to his home province of Saskatchewan.

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