Cigarettes 'n Gasoline features a gritty song about a pawn shop. There are also songs about relationships, girls, a house of ill repute, a father, an artist, more girls, Texas and the Florida Keys. You will hear mellow acoustic guitars, hot Telecasters and Les Pauls, piano, fiddle, organ and beautiful female voices singing harmonies. Colin states that there is no rap, hip hop or heavy metal on the CD. It is a CD for people who like melodies, hooks and harmonies. You will be singing along with most of the songs after one or two listens. Colin's fans say that his songs keep going around in their head.
Colin has been wanting to record a solo CD after appearing on several band CDs in recent years. This CD is designed to showcase a variety of his own songs from different genres and time periods.
Colin has been a guitar player since he was 12 years old when his grandfather loaned him an ancient acoustic guitar of unknown origin. He has become a prolific songwriter in the last ten years. Colin's song Wish I'd Never was used as background music for a FOX TV show called The Good Guys. He has also placed songs in independent films and in radio advertisements. Colin, who hails from England, brings us great tunes in the Folk, Folk Rock, Country, Blues, and Tropical genres. he has been a resident of western Florida for the past ten years.
Colin has traveled the world and has cruised extensively on his sailboat. His songs reflect his lifetime of experiences from corporate executive to pawn shop client, from vagabond sailor to world traveler. He has lived in England, Ohio, West Virginia, Chicago, Texas, Washington State, the Bahamas and now Florida. He has visited all the countries in North America, most states, most Caribbean islands, most European countries, China, Japan, Russia and Hong Kong. He states that songwriters have one thing in common with politicians in that there is an element of truth in everything they say, but poetic license is often used to make their finished products sound better.
Colin lists many great classic rock, folk and country artists as his influences. The Beatles, The Byrds, The Ventures, The Shadows, Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Roger McGuinn, Alison Krauss, Jimmy Buffett, Carole King, Paul Simon, Chet Atkins, Valerie Carter, The Eagles, Albert King, BB King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He listens to Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers, Guy Clark, and many top local artists from the West Coast of Florida like John Kelly, Rebekah Pulley and Jayne Kelli. Colin appreciates young talented artists like Taylor Swift, Jason Mraz, Norah Jones and Delta Rae.
An avid performer, Colin is a member of the Blue Island Beer Club acoustic duo, and the Trop Rock Junkies tropical band. He has played at the Englewood Music Festival, the Bahamian Music and Heritage Festival, the Gulfport Geckofest, the Tampa Songs Music Festival, and has even opened for the legendary Jimmy Buffett at the Ford Amphitheater. Colin appears on two Blue Island Beer Club CDs and one CD from the Trop Rock Junkies with another one on the way.