Colin Linden review…October 4, 2015….

COLIN LINDEN

RICH IN LOVE

STONY PLAIN RECORDS  SPCD 1386

KNOB AND TUBE–I NEED WATER–DELIA COME FOR ME–THE HURT–EVERYBODY OUGHT TO BE LOVED–RICH IN LOVE–DATE WITH THE STARS–AND THEN YOU BEGIN–NO MORE CHEAP WINE–LUCK OF A FOOL–I MADE A PROMISE (EPILOGUE)–PAYBACKS ARE HELL

Colin Linden is another artist whom we enjoy tremendously.  A gifted guitarist, singer and composer,  “Rich In Love” marks Colin’s first studio relase since 2009.  He hasn’t just been fishin’ for six years, tho.  He is listed as “Performance Consultant and Coach” on the ABC-TV show, “Nashville,” and he plays on roughly three-quarters of the music presented on that show.

On his latest set for Stony Plain, Colin treats us to twelve originals, written either by himself or with his wife, Janice Powers, or bassist John Dymond, Gary Nicholson or Tom Hambridge.  They encompass blues, roots, and even a few Fifties-flavored songs that deal with love lost and found, and everything in between.

He starts the set with a unique look at the base relationship between men and women, comparing it to an electric current that “runs from me to you like a Knob And Tube.”  “Delia Come For Me” is based on the Georgia execution of Troy Davis for a murder that he may not have committed, which reminded Colin of the traditional folk song, “Delia.”  While writing the songs included herein, Colin also began suffering from insomnia.  Ever the songwriter, tho, those troubles soon found their way onto this record as the dreamy, Fifties-inspired, “every night I have a Date With The Stars.”

Reese Wynans on keys and Charlie Musselwhite on harp embellish “The Hurt,” which name-checks Etta James, Cassius Clay, and Sonny Liston.  Colin closes the set on a rather humorous note, singing of angels “tending bar in St. Peter’s saloon, where “Paybacks Are Hell.”

We had two favorites, too.  Reese is on keys on the poignant tale about being thankful and realizing that “life is too short to drink No More Cheap Wine.”  And, the other Fifties-ish song has a bit of a country vibe as Colin believes he’s been able to get by thanks to “the grace of the stars and the Luck Of A Fool.”

As busy as he has been of late, blues fans are lucky Colin Linden found the time to bring us “Rich In Love.”  It continues his stellar legacy of killer musicianship and very-well-crafted songs!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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