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What do we really know about our music heroes? It turns out there’s a lot to learn, according to a 20-minute conversation with singer-songwriter Colin James.

For instance, what are the musical influences of a blues-based recording artist? You might be surprised to hear references to acts like the Specials, the Police and the Sex Pistols dropped in the chat, as James sat down to talk with Holger Petersen of Saturday Night Blues last November while on tour in Edmonton for his latest disc, Fifteen.

James talks with an exuberance that defines the essence of the man. It is nice to see that an artist who has had more than 25 years of global success and dozens of hit singles, including “Five Long Years,” “Voodoo Thing,” "Why'd You Lie” and "Keep On Loving Me Baby," can still be so animated about hanging out with Mick Fleetwood and having Lucinda Williams cover one of his tunes.

This interview aired on Jan. 26, 2013, on CBC Radio’s Saturday Night Blues. Here we have a video of the complete uncut conversation as James also talks about songwriting with Gordie Johnson, Tom Wilson and Ron Sexsmith, playing cool concert halls (like the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver) and the recording process.

If you missed Saturday Night Blues this past weekend, you can listen at its CBC Music page by clicking on the audio tab.

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