A number of new releases from this excellent German independent company will undoubtedly delight many blues lovers around the world. Here’s a glimpse at the goodies from “Crosscut Records”.
#1 Colin Linden’s new release “Easin’ Back to Tennessee” is excellent for starters. He is a multitalented singer, songwriter, guitar player and producer from Canada. As in-demand session player he has contributed to more than 150 albums. Colin has produced more than 30 albums including The Band, Colin James, Leon Redbone, Bruce Cockburn and other top names in the business. At the age of 11 he met Howlin’ Wolf, legendary bluesman from Chicago. They became close friends and their friendship lasted until Wolf’s death in 1976. To this day Colin names Howlin’ Wolf as his most important influence.
His latest, self-produced album “Easin’ Back to Tennessee” contains some of his best songs so far, but also a nice collection of covers written by some of the greatest in acoustic blues. Colin’s new versions are simply inspiring. Some tracks were recorded solo, others have him backed by an exquisite rhythm section of Larry Taylor on bass and Stephen Hodges on drums, these guys are top guns having worked with the people like Tom Waits, John Hammond Jr, Al Green, Canned Heat and many more.
“Easin’ Back to Tennessee” is presenting acoustic blues at its best, performed by multi-awarded producer and songwriter. It’s his ninth album release, a little masterpiece, a special recommendation for all lovers of great acoustic music. The album is easily accessible and proof for Linden’s state-of-the-art guitar playing.