Colton’s new release “California Blue” features these qualities in abundance. Produced by Marty Rifkin (who also provides pedal steel, as he has done for Bruce Springsteen, Jewel, Tom Petty and countless others), the record displays Colton’s nexus of Americana storytelling, straightforward tunefulness and incendiary guitar work.
While Colton’s voice conveys obvious depth, his guitar solos incorporate the soaring bends of the Chicago blues tradition, alongside ethereal textures and lyrical motifs, typically unfolding into epic guitar adventures. Yet, guitar remains a means, not an end - as Colton learned while recovering from an acute head trauma that nearly ended his life. “To keep my brain sharp, I started playing guitar 5 hours a day. And somehow, I feel like it healed me better than any medicine I was given.” Ultimately, Colton sums it up by saying, “I like to play music rather than just the guitar.”