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The Sydney Blues & Roots Festival, Code One, and Rhythm Section have announced the return of San Franciscan blues master Chris Cain who will be touring Australia this June, with a show right here in Newcastle at The Wickham Park Hotel on Sunday, June 18th. This world class Guitarist is a must see for any lover of the Blues!

Chris Cain

No stranger to our shores, Cain has forged a career as one of the best of the modern wave of blues guitar virtuosos, with a huge warm voice reminiscent of his hero BB King and an individual songwriting style to back it all up. Chris Cain and his killer Australian band will be touring NSW and VIC this winter, and it’s a show not to be missed by blues aficionados, guitar lovers, and anyone who appreciates a great live performance. Please see below for full list of dates.

 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 ‘Late Night City Blues’

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 were 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 the 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.

Blues Guitarist, Joe Bonamassa says of Chris CainOne 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.”

June, 15 – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne (Vic)
June, 16 – The Piping Hot Chicken Soup, Ocean Grove (Vic)
June, 17 – Sydney Blues & Roots Winter Fest, Windsor (NSW)
June, 18 – The Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle (NSW)
June, 22 – Brass Monkey, Cronulla (NSW)
June, 23 – LeadBelly, Newtown (NSW)
June, 24 – Milton Theatre (NSW)
June, 25 – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli (NSW)

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