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We’re jazzed as usual about the Blues Music Awards on Thursday, May 8, and we’re looking forward in particular to our Yellow Dog Records showcase, which takes place Thursday afternoon, prior to the big awards ceremony that night, and features three artists who have been on quite a roll lately. First, at 12:45 p.m., our always-in-demand, deep-blues dynamo Colin Linden — who recently toured as Bob Dylan’s guitarist and wrapped his second season on ABC’s Nashville — steps up to the mic, ready to rivet the crowd with his world-renowned guitar mastery.

Then, at 1:45 p.m., Cassie Taylor — just a few weeks removed from her month-plus European tour — brings her blues-soul power to the stage, playing songs from her latest album Out of My Mind and more.

At 2:45, the piano lid gets lifted as Eden Brent closes our showcase with songs from her brand-new Yellow Dog Records release Jigsaw Heart (out May 6). Eden is touring a ton surrounding the arrival of her fantastic new album, so she will be at the peak of her formidable powers as she takes the stage.

It all goes down at BB King’s at 143 Beale Street. This is free and open to the public, so come join us as we bask in these soul-satisfying sounds!

How does an esteemed, veteran musician top all of his TV work, studio projects and on-stage triumphs in one fell swoop? Easy: Just join Bob Dylan’s band! OK, nothing happens overnight, not even for a guitarist of Colin Linden‘s considerable caliber. But Colin’s years of accolades for his incomparable guitar skills finally earned him his dream job: a tour as Bob Dylan’s guitarist.

It all happened in July 2013. Colin, a native Canadian, was by then viewing the “Nashville skyline” daily, having moved to Music City in 2001. It was Colin’s work with the cast of the ABC TV series “Nashville” that landed him the spot in Dylan’s band. Check out this recent interview with Colin in which he reveals how the Dylan gig came about, what it’s like and what his guitar style brings to the table.

YDR_BMA_showcase_13_300Coming to Memphis for the Blues Music Awards this week?

Please join us for an exceptional lineup on the afternoon of Thursday May 9, before the big Awards event later that evening.

Kicking things off at 12:45 will be Colin Linden, a genuine renaissance man of roots music – traditional blues, soul and roots rock.  We’re all in for a treat as Colin showcases the combination of exquisite songwriting and deeply rootsy blues guitar that has earned him accolades both as a solo artist and in-demand collaborator as sideman and producer.

At 1:45, Cassie Taylor will celebrate the release of her brand-new album, Out Of My Mind, which The New Yorker praised as “muscular”, “intelligently sexy”, and “slyly subversive”, while Billboard summarized more simply as “sassy.”  Cassie and her power trio will boast a wide swath of influences – spanning centuries, continents and cultures – that create her own indelible and utterly modern sound.

At 2:45, our own “Little Boogaloo”, Eden Brent, will take command of the stage to demonstrate why she’s been praised with superlatives such as “jaw-dropping”, “jubilant”, and “sultry”, earning nine Blues Music Awards nominations including “Album of the Year” and “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year”.  There are rumors of a new Eden Brent album in production, so it’s possible that we’ll hear previews of a couple of the new songs!

We’ll be at B.B. King’s at 143 Beale Street.  It’s free to the public so please stop by, say hello, and enjoy the music!

Nashville logoIf you’re a roots music fan and an eagle-eyed viewer of the hit television show Nashville, you might have noticed that the on-screen band includes an incredibly prodigious and tasteful guitar player, wearing a trademark black hat — namely, our friend Colin Linden.

The show’s top-notch music track, helmed by executive music producer T-Bone Burnett and co-producer Buddy Miller, has been a big part of its success.  And Colin has been instrumental to that sound — lending his guitar playing to many of the songs performed on the show, and also serving as guitar coach to several of the actors.

Tomorrow morning, the cast of Nashville will visit ABC’s The View, and we’re told that Colin will be part of a band performance segment. Tune in (or set your DVRs) tomorrow morning at 11a ET to catch the show.

From rocking electric slide to the most delicate acoustic fingerpicking, Colin Linden is a remarkably versatile virtuoso who never strays far from the deep blues that first inspired him as an 11-year-old kid, when his mom took him to see – and meet – the great Howlin’ Wolf.

Colin’s music is deeply rooted in traditional blues, soul and roots rock. His years on the road playing everywhere with everyone have given him a mastery of roots music vocabulary that make him an in-demand producer and guitarist – gifts that ring out most clearly when Colin is on his own, either solo or with a band.

It’s been said that studio albums are artistic statements; live recordings are self-portraits. Colin Linden’s Still Live is an epic autobiography, a tale of two countries and a multitude of genres, all rendered with total commitment, mastery and an infectious enthusiasm that reminds us all just why we fell in love with this music in the first place.