Cain's jazz-tinged, blues-soaked guitar, and deep, warm vocals have the
maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. His
expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless
pursuit of music mastery. His passion and intensity are a blend of his
mother's Greek ancestry and his father's soulful black heritage.
Cain was raised on stories of his father's childhood upbringing on
Memphis' historic Beale Street. As a child, Chris was taken by his
parents to concerts by B.B. King, Ray Charles, Johnny Otis, Fats Domino,
and Freddie King - often viewed from atop his father's shoulders. He
began teaching himself to play guitar at the age of eight in a home
where blues music played continuously. Cain recalls, "I can remember
when I was a kid, my dad would be mowing the lawn with the stereo
blasting Muddy Waters on 10. When I look back - that was pretty cool!"
The gifted and soulful San Jose, California native has been
performing as a professional musician since he was fifteen. Chris
studied music at San Jose City College, 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 .
The 1990 release of Cain's first album on Blind Pig, Cuttin'
Loose, put the blues world on notice that Chris Cain was a
musical force to be reckoned with. Two years later his second Blind Pig
album, entitled Can't
Buy A Break, featured more of Cain's unique brand of original
music - sophisticated blues, funk, and jazz, and gospel.
His most recent Blind Pig release, Somewhere
Along the Way, demonstrates anew Cain's immense musical
talents. Larry Nager (syndicated Scripts-Howardmusic
critic) writes, "With a voice that recalls B.B. King and a thick toned
Gibson guitar sound reminiscent of Albert King, Cain is forging a unique
style. With his own highly personalized songwriting, Somewhere
Along The Way is a
giant step in the development of one of the most compelling young
bluesmen on today's scene."
Through his guitar mastery and remarkable creativity as a songwriter,
Cain has carved a sound that's unmistakably his own. As San
Jose Mercury News music
critic John Orr writes, "Chris Cain, more than anyone else, anywhere,
represents the future of the blues."