"Honestly, I was and still am under the considerable impression of the talent on display. Not so much due to innovative work, but more because of the rich simplicity by which this album continues to captivate despite its simple instrumentation. The music, and especially Colin's voice, has an intimate touch, instantly recognizable, and one after another the songs reveal full melodies. I was frankly 'flabbergasted'!" -- Rein van den Berg, Real Roots Cafe
COLIN BLACK was born in Peoria, Illinois along the Illinois River. Around 1988, he began to spend summers and holidays in the small Gulf Coast community of Josephine, Alabama, where he was introduced to a vibrant local music culture (home to Guthrie Trapp, Jerry Trapp, Gove Scrivenor and others) in which song circles and late night jams were the most common entertainment. Circumstance subsequently carried him away from home to tread four continents, but the Mississippi River Valley and the Gulf Coast -- in other words, the roots of his life and his music -- continue to define the atmosphere of his songs.
Colin began playing acoustic guitar around 1990, and began writing songs soon after. Since then he has taken up harmonica and also occasionally plays (or tries to play ... ) electric guitar, lap steel, bass, cuatro, autoharp, concertina and whatever else he can get his hands on. But his emphasis is squarely and decidedly on songwriting -- finding words and a melody to tell a story or capture a moment or an emotion.
Colin only occasionally plays in public, although when he's home in Alabama you can often find him singing and playing with friends on the porch or in the lounge at Pirates Cove, and he also sometimes appears in The Hague or Amsterdam. He remains principally a songwriter, however, and typically records at home on a Roland VS880EX digital 8-track. Colin self-released an self-titled CD in 2001 (recorded and produced with Brian Rueb of New Orleans) and a second CD entitled "No. 2" in January 2005.
Colin currently lives in the Netherlands and travels home to Alabama as often as possible. He has also lived in New Orleans; Madrid, Spain; Washington, DC; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Goin' Dancin'
2. Let's Go To New Orleans
3. Folk Songs
4. That Was A Long Time Ago
5. You May Never Know
6. Try As I Might
7. The Shape of My Hat
8. If You Wanna Dream (You Can Dream of Me)
9. I Want You To Love Me (The Way That I Love You)
10. One-Life Stand
11. Vision of You (Burning My Eyes)
12. The Last I Saw of You