Chris Cain's jazz-tinged, blues-soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have the maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many times his senior. His expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery.
With a father raised up on Beale Street's legendary club/house party scene and a household wherein playing and singing the blues remain a way of family life, Chris Cain was born to the cloth. As a child, Chris was taken by his parents to concerts by B.B.King, Ray Charles, Johnny Otis, and Fats Domino. He began to play guitar at the age of eight, and was performing professionally at age fifteen. After high school he attended San Jose City College to study music, and was soon teaching jazz improvisation on campus. Over the next twenty years, Cain would also master piano, bass guitar, clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone. The combination of his blues upbringing and his jazz studies melded to form the searing guitar style that sets Chris Cain apart, and has moved him to the top ranks of the blues music scene.
In 1987 Cain's debut album, "Late Night City Blues," on Blue Rock'It Records, garnered four W.C. Handy Blues Award nominations, including "Guitarist of the Year." "An impressive debut album by a top notch guitarist," wrote Dan Forte of Guitar Player.
Cain's most recent Blue Rock'It release, "Unscheduled Flight", has met with widespread acclaim, and his reputation as one of the brightest stars on today's blues scene is firmly established amongst his fellow musicians and the growing legions of fans across the country.
"Chris Cain's a hot-shot guitarist and a singer with the relaxed style and mature expression of old blues masters like Bobby Bland and B.B. King
-- The Washington Post
"His full-bodied tone and surprisingly big voice packed a punch that had me and other witnesses reeling."
-- Guitar Player Magazine
"More than anyone else, anywhere, Cain represents the future of the blues."
-- San Jose Mercury News
"The thing that has always drawn me to Chris' music is that stinging tone he gets on the guitar. He has his fingers on the pulse of the blues, musically and vocally, and I get the same goosebumps that I used to get when I heard Albert King and Albert Collins perform."
-- Bob Vorel, publisher, Blues Magazine.
Blue Rock'It Releases
Hall of Shame
Late Night City Blues
Blue Rock'It Sampler
Ford Blues Band
Fords & Friends
Blue Rock'It Blues Revue
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