Colorblind James – Strange Sounds from the Basement

Colorblind James - Strange Sounds from the Basement

Colorblind James – Strange Sounds from the Basement

Thirteen steps from Buddy Guy takes us to Colorblind James.

The Colorblind James Experience experienced little fame in the USA but gained a following in the UK after being taken up and championed by John Peel. Their music did not fit easily into any pigeonhole, which may be why success eluded the band at home but they found an audience with alternative music fans in Europe. Wikipedia has it about right: “Often humorous (“The music stopped. And then it started again.”) and parodic, and just as often laced with a profoundly questioning spirituality; their music blended elements of polka, country, cocktail jazz, blues, rockabilly, Tex-Mex, rock & roll and other genres. The band’s sound was to a large extent inspired by the “old, weird America” famously chased by Bob Dylan and The Band during their Basement Tapes period, but other prominent influences included Ray Charles, Randy Newman, and Van Morrison.”

The band was active from 1978 up to 2001 when Chuck Cuminale, aka Colorblind James, died unexpectedly of an arhythmia.

The track posted today, the title track of the album, is not the strongest on the CD but it seems to be the most appropriate to post in Halloween week.

Colorblind James – Strange Sounds from the Basement