Chris Cain Roots

Chris Cain with Albert King

 

Cain's debut recording, Late Night City Blues (Blue Rock'it Records-1987) garnered four W.C. Handy Blues Award nominations, including Guitarist of the Year. Dan Forte of Guitar Player wrote, "An impressive debut album by a top notch guitarist."

Chris 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 for music was ignited early in life by his mom and dad's deep love for blues and soul.

 

Cain was raised on stories of his father's childhood upbringing on Memphis' Historic Beale Street and attended his first B.B King concert at the tender age of three. Blues music played continuously on the home stereo and family outings were often trips to concerts. Cain recalls, "I remember when I was a kid, my Dad would be mowing the lawn with the stereo blasting Muddy Waters. When I look back, that was pretty cool! There was always music playing at our house, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, all the greats."

At the age of eight, Cain taught himself to play guitar and began playing professionally before he was eighteen. 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.

People Say...

Kate Moss

Chicago Blues Guitarist

“Chris Cain is one the most dynamic artists I’ve ever seen live. His energy and attack are second to none, and on top of that his vocals are amazing.”

Joe Bonamassa

Blues Guitarist

"One of my favorite, and criminally underrated blues players of all time. My name is Cain!! Chris has influenced me for as long as I owned a guitar. Tone, and magic phrasing. Killer voice and songs to boot."

Mark Fredell

The Big Blue Train Radio

When I interviewed B.B. King back in '05 I asked him if he had heard the album Cain does King and BB paused, got a huge ear-to-ear grin and said "Chris Cain? Now that boy can PLAY the guitar." He loved Chris!