Last night I headed out with Mikey and Rick to soak in yet another amazing night of music at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, QC. This time it was Colin Linden hitting the stage. Colin is a very very busy man, on and off stage. He's played/collaborated with a long list of respected musicians over the years: Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Bruce Cockburn, Tom Wilson, Stephen Fearing, Colin James, Sam Butler & The Blind Boys Of Alabama, T Bone Burnett, Paul Reddick, Merle Haggard, Keb' Mo', Lucinda Williams, Kathleen Edwards, Jane Siberry, and David Wilcox.
Saturday Colin hit the stage running and didn't stop until the the lights came back on at the end of the show. This man smokes on guitar and he is more than capable at the mic as he blended one song into the next switching with ease from country blues to ballad to rock and back to blues. Roll it all together with yet another guitar talent in the opening act (Joe Grass) and you have a recipe for a very entertaining night.
I can't say enough about this venue. I swear every time I've been here in the audience the artist of the night has made a comment saying how they absolutely love playing the Black Sheep. And why the hell not? Paul Symes has it all in Le Mouton Noir - a sweet location beside the Gatineau River - and if you're timing is right you'll catch the Wakefield Steam Train rolling by (when did it get back up and running?), a great sound system, an excellent selection of beverages (including some micro brews), a cozy intimate setting complete with a friendly dog that likes to roam from table to table, and most important of all, Paul has an amazing network of musicians that absolutely love to make the extra side trip. Thank you Paul.
Me and Colin Linden