Colin Linden is known as a musician’s musician, thanks to his work as a guitarist, singer and producer with a diverse range of artists that includes Gregg Allman, Bruce Cockburn, Diana Krall, Cassandra Wilson, Keb’ Mo’ and Rhiannon Giddens.
His new solo album, Rich in Love, finds the roots and country master delving deeper into his first love: the blues. Linden mines his remarkable past — he was an 11-year-old guitar prodigy when he began working with his mentor, blues great Howlin’ Wolf — and brings it into his present. Wonderful guitar work steals the focus on the opening number, “Knob & Tube” while the sorrowful title track is the perfect companion to collecting one’s tears in the bottom of your empty glass. But Linden saves the best for last, “Paybacks are Hell,” a great, twangy tune equally at home in the Delta or onstage inside one of Nashville’s hallowed halls.
Including every Blackie and The Rodeo Kings albums, Colin Linden has producted over 100 albums. He has played as a guest musician on countless recording sessions. Recently he has played an integral role in the authenticity of the hit television servies Nashville.