Southern Jumbo

Southern Jumbo

by Colin Linden

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Southern Jumbo

Better known as a roots/blues producer/sideman for Sue Foley, Janiva Magness, the Band, Bruce Cockburn, and Lucinda Williams than for his work as part of Blackie & the Rodeo Kings or a handful of stylish solo albums, Colin Linden seems -- at least on the surface -- to function most effectively as a supporting player. But judging by the few discs under his own name, he deserves recognition as a talented artist, often as impressive as those he works with. That's the case with Southern Jumbo, an impressive set that illustrates Linden's soulful bluesy Americana. If that sounds like it also describes Canadian musical soulmates the Band and Blue Rodeo, both of whom he has worked with, it comes as little surprise that those acts are a helpful reference point for Linden's similar approach. In fact, this album's "Train Left an Hour Ago" could easily be mistaken for a Band outtake. Recorded in Memphis, Toronto, and Nashville, Southern Jumbo successfully meshes a roots rocking Canadian sound with soulful Southern grit. Linden's dusky voice -- somewhat like the Band's Richard Manuel -- perfectly frames his songs, many of which concern death, dying, and an acknowledgement of mortality. But the project is far from a downer, and several songs like the frisky deep Delta blues of "Dog Catcher," the peppy, horn-enhanced "I Give Up," and the retro R&B of "Bucket of Soul" show Linden's lighter side. Contributions from the incomparable Memphis Horns and veteran keyboardist Richard Bell help the sound enormously, injecting a bluesy sensibility to everything they touch. Not surprisingly, Linden's classy production brings a breezy, open soundscape to capture these tunes. His own acoustic and electric guitar lines weave through the songs, importing a swampy, bluesy texture and making tracks such as the touching "This Is Me" vibrant, supple, and elegant. A gifted artist who deserves as much attention as those he produces and backs up, Colin Linden combines the various sides of his personalities on the impressive Southern Jumbo.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2005
Label: True North
UPC: 0620638035221
catalogNumber: 352

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Colin Linden   Primary Artist,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Jane Siberry   Harmony
Larry Taylor   Upright Bass
Gary Craig   Drums
John Dymond   Bass
Stephen Hodges   Drums
Wayne Jackson   Trombone,Trumpet
Andrew Love   Saxophone
Buddy Miller   Harmony
John Whynot   Organ
Bryan Owings   Percussion
Paul Reddick   Harmonica,Harmony
Kathleen Edwards   Harmony
Jessi Alexander   Harmony

Technical Credits

Bo Carter   Composer
Gary Craig   Session Photographer
Colin Linden   Composer,Producer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Jim Weider   Composer
John Whynot   Engineer
Tom Hambridge   Composer

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