ORPHEUM Vancouver w/Colin James 2017
This year was revved up from the get go, kicking off with an epic 22-dates with Colin James on his phenomenal cross-country Blue Highways tour. Over the course of six weeks, we wound our way from Moncton, NB to Nanaimo, BC playing to packed houses – including shows sold out in advance at Toronto’s Massey Hall and the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver. The tour, in support of James’s latest release by the same name, was particularly gratifying as with every town we rolled into the album continued to gather steam and climb higher on the charts. Receiving a Juno nomination while we were on the road for Blues Recording of the Year (2017) for Blue Highways, on which I was thrilled to record, made it even more memorable.
Since then, there have already been more fun recordings with great artists like Barney Bentall and David Graff (Afterlife Studios), Jim Byrnes (The Warehouse Studios), and Colin James for his forthcoming blues album (The Armoury Studios). I’m thrilled to be working with such a heavy crew of artists. As 2016 came to a close, I reflected on lots of good times with the phenomenal people I play music with, like… Ben Rogers! Dustin Bentall & Kendel Carson! The Sojourners! Shari Ulrich! Tom Taylor! Steve Dawson! Radio Grande! The Cariboo Express! Chad Brownlee! Aaron Pritchett! Angela Harris! The Modelos! Scott Smith! GB Roots!
Much thanks goes towards the fine companies that support what I do – anywhere I do it: Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, and Remo Heads. These good folks make killer gear and care deeply for their artists.