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  • Audio CD (Jan. 10 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: eOne Music
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
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1. Easin' Back To Tennessee
2. Go Back Old Devil
3. Broke Down Engine
4. Nowhere to Go
5. A True Friend Won't Let You Down
6. There Would Be Hell To Pay
7. You Can't Get The Stuff No More
8. Paramount
9. Keep It Clean
10. Champ
11. Dry Spell Blues
12. Trouble Soon Be Over
13. Tears Come Rolling Down

Product Description

Since he was a pre-teen, Grammy nominated and Juno Award winner Colin Linden has been a fan and a practitioner of the country blues. After waiting over 30 years, he finally felt ready to make a CD of the music he's loved all his life. Featuring both original compositions written by Linden over the course of his career and inspired versions of tunes written by some of the greats of the acoustic blues, on Easin' Back To Tennessee, Linden captures the spirit of his early blues heroes, but his approach transcends mimicry. Voice and guitar are placed front and centre, while subtle accompaniment from the ace rhythm section of Larry Taylor (Canned Heat, Tom Waits) and Stephen Hodges (Tom Waits) graces a handful of the tunes. From the Delta infused title track to the joyous "You Can't Get That Stuff No More" and the mournful "Champ," the listener is transported to the Deep South. Other standout tracks include "Broke Down Ending," "Tears Come Rolling Down" and "Nowhere To Go." Easin' Back To Tennessee is a must have for any blues fan. Standard Jewel Case.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa49d0d44) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa51b100c) out of 5 stars Contagious Joy March 17 2007
By Lee Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
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From the title of Colin Linden's new CD, you might think he was trying his hand at country music. However, the title track is a classic blues by Sleepy John Estes. With Larry Taylor on bass and Stephen Hodges on drums, Linden adopts a largely acoustic traditional approach such as on 1930's bluesman Bo Carter's (Mississippi Sheiks) tune "Go Back Old Devil." On Blind Willie McTell's "Broke Down Engine" Linden looses a slow mournful howl with Hodges heavy on the brushes. By track 4, Linden pens an original tune, "Nowhere to Go," that's given very similar treatment with fast picking blues guitar. One of my favorite tracks on the set is "A True Friend Won't Let You Drown" that Linden writes with Gary Nicholson. Its slower tempo fits with the emotionally powerful lyric, "When I see my brother suffer, lost in the mighty storm; And I know the light is fading and the dark is raging on, I want to reach out and save him from the water pouring down." Linden mines T-Bone Burnett's CD "The True False Identity" and casts "There Would Be Hell to Pay" into a blues ballad about love & violence. Linden covers 1920s/30s slide guitar blues master Tampa Red's "You Can't Get That Stuff No More" that is an upbeat blues shuffle. Linden's own instrumental "Paramount" is a sweet acoustic guitar blues with plenty bounce per ounce. Linden makes a Charley Jordan tune, "Keep It Clean," with a fast acoustic blues guitar style, sound very similar to some of Chris Smither's early blues covers filled with contagious joy. Son House's "Dry Spell Blues" offers more slide guitar pyrotechnics. Blind Willie Johnson's "Trouble Will Soon Be Over" is a stately blues spiritual. The last track is labeled with a French Louisiana word "lagniappe" that means a small gift and is the emotional weeper "Tears Come Rolling Down," "She kissed me goodnight, but Lord I know she meant goodbye." This track is by senior bluesman Henry Townsend that's sung by Townsend on Kenny Wayne Shepard's newest release. On Canada's True North label, "Easin' Back to Tennessee" is an excellent traditional acoustic blues set by this master musician. Enjoy!
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HASH(0xa51b1f60) out of 5 stars The moving force behind Blackie and the Rodeo Kings! Aug. 3 2011
By Onetimer - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've had the good fortune to hear Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, and you appreciate that tremendous Canadian roots music band as much as I do, Colin Linden might be the reason why. With the Rodeo Kings he produces, sings, and most importantly plays the guitar. More precisely, he seems to be able to play any kind of guitar that he picks up brilliantly. Make no mistake...Tom Wilson and Stephen Fearing of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings are outstanding musicians in their own right, but Colin Linden is the guy who makes them tick. So if you're a fan of the Rodeo Kings, you'll love this solo effort by Linden. 'Easin' back To Tennessee' is his showcase, and he doesn't disappoint.
HASH(0xa51b1f24) out of 5 stars A Solid Collection Aug. 10 2015
By R.E.B. - Published on Amazon.com
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Great album, love Colin. Not as good as some of his earlier albums but a great addition to my collection.