Colin Linden’s tale is the stuff of legend, the kind told in the Coen brothers’ O Brother Where Art Thou or Inside Llewyn Davis, both of which featured his guitar playing on the soundtracks. That film would begin with an 11-year-old meeting his musical idol Howlin’ Wolf at a matinee show in his native Toronto, accompanied by his mom, who took a picture of the two during a nearly two-hour long conversation before the gig, the legendary bluesman idling over coffee and cigarettes. “I’m an old man now, and I won’t be around much longer,” Wolf told him. “It’s up to you to carry it on.” Linden still carries that frayed photograph in his wallet, along with a Sears 5/8” socket wrench in his pocket to play slide guitar.
Linden has played on over 500 albums and produced 140, including his first-ever actual Grammy in 2020 for producing Keb Mo’s Oklahoma, winner for Best Americana Album. He has also nabbed a staggering 25 Juno Award nominations and nine wins. Linden’s latest solo album, bLOW, is his 14th in 40 years, but first electric blues release.
Colin Linden is returning to the Saskatoon Blues Festival for the first time since 2016., so make sure that you get your tickets early!
Multiple award-winning, Montreal-based Singer/Songwriter Dawn Tyler Watson has earned her place among the International Blues elite. Her fiery stage presence and soul-stirring performances have garnered her national and worldwide recognition.
Saskatoon’s own Nigel Mack is now a Chicago blues ‘triple threat’ (slide guitar, harmonica and vocals). Nigel delivers a high-energy show that fuses blues classics with the punch of contemporary original blues.
Presented by the Saskatoon Blues Society