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January 18, 2009

Colin Linden, Whitey Johnson in Calgary

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Carma Acoustic Blues Series

Carma Acoustic Blues Series
Colin Linden & Whitey Johnson
Saturday, Feb 7 at 8:00 pm
Engineered Air Theatre
Performing Arts Centre, Calgary

Blues Greats to Appear as Part of Carma Acoustic Blues Series

Canadian acoustic blues giant Colin Linden and Tennessee bluesman Whitey Johnson headline the next installment in the acclaimed Carma Acoustic Blues Series on Saturday, Feb. 7th, in the intimate setting of the Engineered Air Theatre at Calgary’s Epcor Centre for Performing Arts.

Colin Linden

Colin Linden

This musical renaissance man is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer in high demand, as evidenced by his appearances on over 300 albums and credit as producer of over 60 more. Linden also pursues a prolific solo career and is member of roots-rock group, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.

Playing country blues and ‘20s style acoustic blues for over 30 years, Linden’s voice and guitar are placed front and centre in his authentic, honest performances. He’s received Junos for his own solo works, South At Eight North At Nine and Big Mouth, and has been honoured with multiple Maple Blues Awards, the Toronto Arts Award (1999), and a Grammy (1999) nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album for his A Tribute To Howlin’ Wolf.

Linden’s name appears as producer on such recent albums by Bruce Cockburn, Tom Wilson, Colin James, and blues songstresses Janiva Magness and Roxanne Potvin, as well as earlier Juno Award-winning albums for Bruce Cockburn, Sue Foley, Ray Bonneville, Lennie Gallant and Colin James. He’s written hit songs for such artists as Michelle Wright, The Band, and Colin James, while his version of the Skip James classic, “Hard Time Killing Floor,” was used in the hit film ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’ and the subsequent ‘Down From The Mountain’ tours and documentary.

Juno Award-winning Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, a side project formed with Tom Wilson and Stephen Fearing over a decade ago, has become a significant part of Colin’s career, with the band gaining great profile across North America.

Whitey Johnson

Whitey Johnson

Special guest Whitey Johnson is a recently discovered blues singer/songwriter/guitarist from Texas, now living in Tennessee and performing worldwide. Although Whitey has made his living making music for well over thirty years, he has remained relatively unknown, having only recently recorded his self-titled debut album.

Under the psuedonym Gary Nicholson, Whitey’s songs have been recorded by such blues greats as BB King, Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Keb Mo, Delbert McClinton, Gatemouth Brown, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Shemeka Copeland, John Mayall and many others. He also won a Grammy as producer of the Best Contemporary Blues Record (2001) for Delbert McClinton”s Nothing Persona.

Whitey describes his style as ” Feel Better Blues,” and brings a deep respect for all his heroes to his own style. His band includes Colin Linden, Tom Hambridge, and Dave Roe who all have many credits having worked with artists such as Chuck Berry, Johnny Winter, Lynryd Skynrd, Johnnny Cash, and many others.

for more info visit www.epcorcentre.org/ecmusicseries/carma.html

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