Legendary Canadian bluesman Colin James brings along his acoustic guitar to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Oct. 16.

Legendary Canadian bluesman Colin James brings along his acoustic guitar to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Oct. 16.

Colin James returns for intimate show in Vernon

The bluesman's western Canadian tour includes stops in the Okanagan, including Vernon on Oct. 16

This October, Colin James will begin a Western Canadian tour that will feature stops in the B.C. Interior, including the Vernon Performing Arts Centre, Oct. 16.

For fans, the tour will be like seeing and hearing James for the first time.

The Up Close and Personal: An Acoustic Tour will feature James performing his hits and blues standards in an intimate acoustic setting, with special guest, master guitarist Chris Caddell.

One fan said, “It will be like sitting in your living room, but with Colin James and Chris Caddell. How great would that be?”

From the small city of Belleville on Lake Ontario, Caddell is said to play with the southern vibe and bluesy reverence of a Stevie Ray Vaughan or Doyle Bramhall II.

His raw soulful voice and emotive guitar skills were an instant hit when as a teen he made the big move to Toronto. Within no time, his versatility was sought by various acts. He landed a lengthy gig touring with platinum-selling pop singer Fefe Dobson and also played with more rock-driven artists like Thornley, Rex Goudie and James.

Caddell and his band, The Wreckage, opened for James at Toronto’s Massey Hall after their debut recording in 2008, and the two guitarists have continued to collaborate, resulting in this acoustic tour.

Regina-born James has come a long way since his self-titled debut album in 1988. Since that time he has amassed numerous awards and a string of instantly identifiable hits which have propelled him to “icon” status in Canada.

Songs like Man’s Gotta be a Stone, I Need You Bad, I’m Losing You, Let’s Shout, Into the Mystic, Lost Again, Voodoo Thing, Keep on Loving Me Baby, Cadillac Baby, Breakin’ up the House, and many others have helped James secure a following of fans in North America that would be the envy of many an artist.

The musical genres James so nicely spans includes blues, rock, R’n’B, jump blues, swing revival, and blues-rock, which have garnered him six Juno awards, 17 Maple Blues Awards, and several of his albums have reached gold and platinum status.

His newest CD, Twenty Five Live, features the song Ain’t Nothing, which was filmed live at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver.

Tickets to see James go on sale Aug. 16 at the Ticket Seller in the Vernon Performing Arts Centre. Visit www.ticketseller.ca or call 250-549-7469 to order or for more info.