Canada's blues crusader Paul James is a national treasure, and were it not for the shifting, sliding, finicky tides of the music business -- he'd be known around the world -- after all, he's toured in bands throughout the world, and Bob Dylan once told him if he moved to L.A., he'd make the big time.
I was recently approached by the 2015 Hamilton JUNO Host Committee and The JUNO Awards to create a mural that would leave a legacy from this year's awards in Hamilton. While I was dreaming up ideas, thinking about the unique flavour and musical essence of the city, I started thinking about the MYSTIC HIGHWAY.
It's a very specific feeling when you know you're about to get demolished by a semi on a dark highway in Ohio. Someone in the van said "we're going to die." The world seemed to move in slow motion. There was a body of water running parallel to the road and now, because we had spun, we were facing it. I had time to think about flooring it and taking our chances swimming in the icy water.