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"We’d pull into Chicago and people had heard I was this Canadian blues singer. They were so into the trend of costumes and swing music, if you played anything they saw as swing (they got really excited about it)."

He explains the style had reached such fervour, it was more difficult to introduce something like a blues song during a performance. These days, he adds, the personalities of the blues scene are getting smaller in number.

"The music industry doesn’t have the old greats it used to, and a lot of icons in blues from the ’60s are gone, so what are you going to have left in music?"

If he ever took those musings and put them in a book, he’d call it Here We Go Again, or, The Endless Road.

"I count my blessings all the time. It could always be better but I look at it as a whole, (what I have got this far) is what I always wanted out of it."

And when the videographers are capturing your life on film, you know you’re doing well. The 1998 Global documentary Colin James: Rock, Rhythm and Blues, featured footage of the Canadian singer on stage and at home in the studio.

But time and place never overtake good music.

"You can be anywhere, and play any style, it doesn’t matter where you’re from."

The opening act for James’s Whistler concert will be musician Chin Injeti, formerly of pop-funk group Bass is Base, who plays from his first solo release, Day Dreaming.

Chin was nominated for a Juno in 2002 for Best R& B/Soul recording, as well as for the Best Urban release at the West Coast Music Awards this year.

Chin recently remixed the single Pinch Me for Canadian wonderboys the Barenaked Ladies.

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