Colin Linden is a singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer who’s plied his trade with Keb Mo,’ Bruce Cockburn and Sue Foley, and he contributed a song to the film Oh Brother Where Are Thou?. On Big Mouth he steps center stage for a comforting blend of acoustic blues, folk and old-school Memphis soul/R&B. Linden has a plainspoken, down-home voice, sly yet honest, with a natural R&B-tinge, like a cross between Robert Cray and Lyle Lovett with a touch of Nashville Skyline/John Wesley Harding-era Bob Dylan. Linden mixes genres so deftly, with such casual élan, that you’d barely notice he’s doing it - "Before The Dawn" combines blues, country and soul in a way that recalls the Big Pink glory days of The Band. "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues" conjures (but does not imitate) the eerie, harrowing, edge-of-this-life ambiance of its author Skip James, and the duet with Keb Mo,’ "Wasn’t That Enough" recalls the jaunty acoustic Piedmont style of blues of Cephas & Wiggins and Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee. Have a hard day at the salt minds today? Have a yearning for some non-purist, roots-y sounds? Get a big mug of your favorite beverage, slap this in the home sound system and un-lax yourself in style with the mellow tune-age emanating from Linden’s Big Mouth.