Stony Plain Records announces the signing of internationally acclaimed eight-time JUNO Award winning songwriter, musician and producer Colin Linden who will release his new album, Rich in Love on September 25. The new record marks a return to the same label that released Colin’s first studio album, The Immortals (1986) and also represents his first new studio recording since From The Water (2009).
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“I felt like so much has changed since my last studio album in 2009,” says Linden. “It was as if I was writing from a different place for these songs. At some point I even began to suffer from insomnia, and several of the songs were composed literally in the middle of the night, such as ‘Date with the Stars’.”
Sporting a beautiful cover designed by Jim Sherraden of Nashville’s famed Hatch Show Print, Rich In Love was produced, recorded, and performed by Colin Linden (guitars, vocals, ukuleles and mandolins) and his band, affectionately known as The Rotting Matadors: John Dymond on bass and Gary Craig on drums. Special guests include multiple Blues Music Award-winner and six-time Grammy nominee Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica, legendary keyboardist Reese Wynans (Stevie Ray Vaughan), Amy Helm (Levon Helm, Ollabelle) on harmony vocals, and organist Tim Lauer (Rodney Crowell, Keb’ Mo’, Allison Moorer, Lady Antebellum).
The songs transport the listener through lustful encounters, remorse-laden retrospectives, and forlorn longing, while the music takes influences from blues, country rock and roots. And then there is the playing, where every guitar pluck, bass note, subtle drum sweep or organ solo from this consummate musician and his band adds to the stories. It is a truly captivating package, a polished roots diamond, a treasure to reflect on and restore the soul. “While the music on my new album covers a lot of influences, I still think of myself as a blues player, whatever I’m doing,” says Linden.
The 12 all-original songs on Rich In Love were written by Linden, solo or in tandem with other writers such as his wife, Janice Powers (a published novelist), band member John Dymond and Grammy winners Gary Nicholson and Tom Hambridge. According to Linden, album cut “Delia Come for Me” had a particularly interesting genesis. “It was partially inspired by the 2011 execution in Georgia of Troy Davis for murder, whose subsequent investigation raised serious questions about his guilt; a case which reminded me of the old traditional country blues ballad, ‘Delia.’”
Rich In Love comes at a time when Colin Linden is a very much in-demand musician. In addition to being one third of the much revered super-group Blackie And The Rodeo Kings, Linden has recently played on Gregg Allman’s Grammy-nominated Low Country Blues, as well as on Grammy-winner Rhiannon Giddens’ most-recent album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, and Diana Krall’s 2012 album, Glad Rag Doll.
In 2013, Linden was tabbed by Bob Dylan to play guitar in the music icon’s band for his summer tour. Recently, he was the featured guitar player on the PBS-TV special saluting gospel music, “In Performance at the White House”, backing such luminaries as Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Lyle Lovett, Shirley Caesar, and the aforementioned Rhiannon Giddens. In recent years, he’s also played on the soundtracks for a number of feature films, including Inside Llewyn Davis, The Hunger Games, R.I.P.D., and the acclaimed documentary, A Place At The Table. And on August 29, he’ll be the music director for the special tribute to legendary Sun Records founder Sam Phillips scheduled at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The catalyst for all of these performances has been the celebrated producer extraordinaire T Bone Burnett, who has created some of the most lauded music performed on record, television and film over the last fifteen years. It was Burnett who originally selected Colin Linden to work on the first season of the hit ABC-TV series, Nashville. Over the past three years, he’s been working in that same role with his close friend and the show’s executive music producer, Buddy Miller, as Nashville enters its fourth season of production. Officially credited as Performance Consultant and Coach on the show, Linden plays on almost 75% of the music heard on the program and supervises all of the music shoots that take place on the screen. He’s also been the bandleader for both national tours that the “Nashville” cast has taken on the road across the country
RICH IN LOVE TRACKLIST
01 Knob & Tube
02 I Need Water
03 Delia Come For Me
04 The Hurt
05 Everybody Ought To Be Loved
06 Rich In Love
07 Date With The Stars
08 And Then You Begin
10 Luck Of A Fool
11 I Made A Promise
12 Paybacks Are Hell
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