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Chris Cain Band

Chris Cain Band - Late Night City Blues - 1987- Blue Rock'It Records

"I recently had the pleasure of touring with Chris Cain, both of us a part of the Blue Rock'It Records Blues Revue Tour, Spring of '97. Although I'd known Chris for quite awhile, I hadn't seen him perform but a few times. I am now a stone fan! - Robben Ford

"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

"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

A great album that renews your faith in the blues. Chris Cain is a terrific vocalist, guitarist and songwriter. Not many artists can lay claim to having these three qualities. All nine tracks on the album are Cain originals. Chris Cain has been highly praised by blues giants like BB king, Albert King, and Robben Ford. Dan Forte of Guitar Player wrote, "An impressive debut album by a top notch guitarist." CD Universe remarked that "Chris is 100% the real deal and is one of those who keep the blues idiom alive and well". "Late Night City Blues" is HR by A.O.O.F.C. Buy Chris' outstanding "Can't Buy a Break" album.


1 Wake Up And Smell The Coffee 3:46
2 I Need A Woman To Treat Me Right 2:39
3 Late Night City Blues 6:20
4 A Woman Don't Need 5:28
5 A Case of the Blues 4:24
6 She Takes Good Care Of Me 3:36
7 When The Blues Come To Call 4:02
8 Same Old Fool 4:50
9 Lonely Room 6:59
All songs composed by Chris Cain


Chris Cain (vocals, guitar)
Ron Torbenson (bass guitar)
Lizz Fischer (keyboards)
Robert Higgins (drums)
Noel Catura (saxophone)
Kevin Deibert (tenor saxophone)
Jon Ruff (trumpet)
Dave Eshelman (trombone)


Chris Cain (born 19 November 1955, San Jose, California, USA, is a blues and jazz guitarist with an international following. He began playing professionally as a teenager there, in local clubs, at festivals, and at private events.A virtuoso guitar player, Cain is also regarded among his fans and in the blues community as one of the most innovative and creative improvisers playing blues and jazz guitar today. Cain received four Blues Music Award nominations in 1987 for his debut album, Late Night City Blues, including Guitarist of the Year. He signed to Blind Pig Records in 1990, releasing his second album, Cuttin' Loose, the same year. The guitarist stayed at Blind Pig for the next few years, releasing Can't Buy A Break in 1992 and Somewhere Along the Way in 1995.


Chris Cain's crisp lead guitar and gravelly vocals have brought him national recognition. Influenced by B. B. and Albert King as well as various jazz players, Cain has cooked up a jumping sound on the Bay Area circuit. A native of San Jose, CA, Cain began playing California blues clubs in the mid-'80s, most notable the JJ's Cafe and JJ's Lounge South Bay circuit. Soon, his following was large enough to earn him a contract with an independent record label, Blue Rock'it. Cain's debut album, Late Night City Blues, was released in 1987. By this time, his backing band featured lead tenor saxophonist Noel Catura, bassist Ron Torbensen, saxophonist Mark Whitney, and drummer Robert Higgins. The album received good reviews, which led to national bookings for Cain and his band, as well as several European dates. In 1988, Cain and his band received a handful of WC Handy Award nominations, including blues band of the year and guitarist of the year. Cain signed to Blind Pig in 1990, releasing his second album, Cuttin' Loose, the same year. The guitarist stayed at Blind Pig for the next few years, releasing Can't Buy A Break in 1992 and Somewhere Along the Way in 1995. Cain and his band remained a popular concert attraction throughout the '90s. © Bill Dahl, allmusic.com

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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 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 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. 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." Cain's next two releases; "Cuttin Loose" (Blind Pig Records-1990) and "Can't Buy a Break" (Blind Pig Records-1992) collected a long list of awards and accolades. In August of 1995 Blind Pig released "Somewhere Along the Way" his 4th compilation of his unique brand of original music sophisticated blues, funk, jazz and gospel. In 2003 Patrick Ford produced Chris's latest CD, "Hall Of Shame" (Blue Rock'it Records-2003). "...this is now the sixth Chris Cain solo release I have produced, not to mention his work with me on projects like the Ford Blues Bands' "In Memory Of Michael Bloomfield" CD, and I continue to be in awe of his incredible talent. As a guitarist/singer, Chris has been praised by mentors like Albert King and peers like Robben Ford." Larry Nager (syndicated Scripts-Howard music critic) writes, "Nowadays most young blues players are Strat-wielding Stevie Ray Vaughan-a-bes. Not Chris Cain. 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, "Hall Of Shame" 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 songwriting ability, Chris Cain has established himself as a musical force to be reckoned with. And as San Jose Mercury News music reviewer John Orr writes, "more than anyone else, anywhere, Chris Cain represents the future of the blues."