Of all the artists out there playing blues guitar, Chris Cain is one of the best. His command of the guitar and it's subtelties makes him a natural to cover BBKING. He squeezes beautiful notes and sings with a commanding baritone voice. Toss in some horns and you have a perfect mix.
Can't Buy a Break is a slow-burning, laidback contemporary blues record that positively swings. Cain's licks are clean, warm and fluid — he's able to seamlessly bounce back and forth between R&B, funk, jazz, jump blues, and Chicago blues. Furthermore, he proves himself to be an adept saxophonist, keyboardist and vocalist, as well as songwriter — the album is a true tour-de-force. His backing band is tight and sympathetic, giving the impression that Cain is fronting a much larger band than he is. It's a refreshing, diverse, and relaxed record that shows there is more to contemporary blues than wailing blues-rock.
Chris Cain Live at the Rep is Chris' sixth recording, his first independent release and his long awaited 'live' recording debut.
In 1997, San Jose Repertory Theater commissioned Chris Cain and Michael Butler to compose music and lyrics for the award winning play Thunder Knocking on the Door: A Blusical Tale of Rhythm and the Blues by Keith Glover. Though Cain had an international reputation as a top blues musician, he had virtually no theater experience, and had never collaborated with another musician. Michael Butler, having worked in theater and film, offered the perfect compliment to the partnership and together they created thirteen original songs and underscoring for the production………
Guitarist Chris Cain has some stories to tell on his Unscheduled Flight, and each song is a masterful combination of vocal and instrumental elements. Most of Cain's tales deal with agony of being born under a bad sign…. Cain describes the situations with poetic empathy…. Cain's lyrics avoid trite emotions and situations; in "Do You Call That a Buddy," a slow blues about a friend who repays the singer's generosity by stealing his woman, Cain focuses on the disintegration of the male friendship rather than the tired-and-true themes of love triangles or wrong-doing women…. He can also play lyrical lines, as emphasized in the funky "Bad Situation," while other songs find him bending notes or making them squeal…. Unscheduled Flight proves that Chris Cain can do it all–write, arrange, play, and sing–with all the sincerity and power that the blues demands.
Chris Cain is remarkable. He has amassed an admirable body of work over the years, despite (or perhaps because of)) lack of widespread acclaim. Great chops, solid writing and gritty vocals. This CD stands out, however, for its tight, funky arrangements. Those crisp, punchy horn fills add a groove to Cain's songs and give each one a distinctive sound. And the rhythm section could make your grandma sound good. Coupled with Cain's many other assets, they make this perhaps the finest of his many fine projects.
This is a wonderful, big-voiced, contemporary West Coast bluesman and superb guitar player. There are several horns in the band, giving it a great, huge sound. Even better things will be coming.
This debut album was rewarded with four Handy Award nominations.This was the first in a long series of releases by Chris Cain and still remains one of his strongest. The music is fresh, the songs truely original, the band performances solid, and both the vocal and guitar performances by Chris are on a level that few musicians attain after years of trying.Praises have been heaped on Chris by masters like BB king and Albert King as well as by next generation heavy hitters like Robben Ford. Chris is 100% the real deal and is one of those who keep the blues idiom alive and well.