Six-time Juno award-winner Colin James has driven his 10-album, 25-year career with his blues influenced guitar mastery and soulful vocals. James was only 18-years old when he captured the attention of guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughn, who marveled at the prodigious talent, decided to take him on the road through the Canadian prairies, and later the United States.
Only 27 and already on his fifth album, Jonny Lang first shot to prominence when still in his mid-teens. The Fargo, North Dakota native was touring with the likes of the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith, and trading licks with mentors like B. B. King and Buddy Guy at the age of 14 and by 15 he topped the Billboard New Artist chart with his first solo album, Lie to Me, which went on to achieve multi-platinum status.
Ryan Shaw is a man with a mission. This 26-year-old singer/songwriter from Decatur, Georgia is out to revive the passion and soul of the Golden Age of Rhythm & Blues for a new generation. His debut album, This Is Ryan Shaw, combines a powerfully expressive voice with a clutch of great songs both classic and new—and a state-of-the-art, in-your-face sound that makes it impossible to sit still.
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Mixing vibrant instrumental pieces with simmering, scorching vocal numbers (performed by guests Chuck D., Bettye LaVette, G. Love, Ivan Neville and Guru), the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has translated the songs from What’s Going On into its own music language. The new recordings are infused with the powerful feelings resulting from the band’s own experiences with Hurricane Katrina, the subsequent massive flooding and the devastation of their homes and communities.
20 years have passed since “…one of Nashville’s brightest lights,” Shelby Lynne kicked off her career. Spawned from a musical family that includes younger sister, Allison Moorer, Lynne has gone on to garner critical acclaim for her work, including 2000’s I am Shelby Lynne, 2003’s Identity Crisis and 2005’s Suit Yourself Her latest, Just a Little Lovin’, pays tribute to the late Dusty Springfield with nine covers and one song written by Lynne.
Tommy Castro is one of the most popular and creative roots artists to emerge in recent years. On his newest CD, Painkiller, Castro teamed up with producer John Porter, renowned for his work with a Who’s Who list of artists such as Los Lonely Boys, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Santana, B.B. King, Elvis Costello, and Buddy Guy.
Tom Taylor featuring Steve Dawson and Shari Ulrich
Tom Taylor has spent most of his musical career playing in the Vancouver band “She Stole My Beer”. After two albums and years of touring, the band decided to call it quits prompting Tom to pursue songwriting as a solo artist.