Bluesy rocker Colin Lake is a Seattle native but he has established roots — professionally and personally — in New Orleans. It was during a visit to the city seven years ago that he met his future wife and soon relocated to The Big Easy.
Lake has gone on to carve out a fine career, with a handful of quality albums to his credit. That includes current release “One Thing That’s for Sure,” the long-awaited follow-up to 2011’s “One I Love.” He’s surrounded himself with some first-rate talent on the 11-track collection of original tunes, including cameos by Luther Dickinson, Maggie Koerner and Sasha Masakowski.
Having spent the past year opening for heavyweights like Dr. John and Gary Clark Jr., Lake seems poised to take the next step up the career ladder. This record should help that endeavor, as Lake shines throughout the 54-minute platter.
Among the highlights are the title track, “She’s Mine,” “I’m Trying to Tell You,” “Pay the Price,” “Ninety Nine Miles” and “If It Ain’t for You.” Even though a couple of the middling tracks (“The World Alive,” “Just Begin”) wouldn’t have been missed, “One Thing Thats’ for Sure” merits some attention. (Jeffrey Sisk)