Hawkesbury District Independent June 2017 #85 - Page 48

out & about Still got the Blues for you: Winterfest warms up Windsor Chris Cain’s jazz-tinged, piano, bass guitar, blues soaked guitar clarinet, alto and and deep, warm vocals tenor saxophone. The have the maturity combination of his blues and authenticity upbringing and his jazz of bluesmen many studies melded to form years his senior. His the searing guitar style expressive style is the that sets Chris Cain result of a lifetime of apart and has moved study and the relentless him to the top ranks of pursuit of music the blues music scene. mastery. His passion Cain’s debut and intensity are a recording, Late Night blend of his mother’s City Blues (Blue Rock’it Greek ancestry and his Records-1987) garnered father’s soulful black four W.C. Handy Blues heritage. Award nominations, US blues legend, Chris Cain is Cain was raised on including Guitarist of headlining Winterfest. stories of his father’s the Year.” Dan Forte of childhood upbringing on Memphis’ Guitar Player wrote, “An impressive debut Historic Beale Street and attended his album by a top notch guitarist.” Cain’s first B.B King concert at the tender age of next two releases; “Cuttin Loose” (Blind three. Blues music played continuously Pig Records-1990) and “Can’t Buy a Break” on the home stereo and family outings (Blind Pig Records-1992) collected a long were often trips to concerts. Cain recalls, list of awards and accolades. In August “I remember when I was a kid, my Dad of 1995 Blind Pig released “Somewhere would be mowing the lawn with the stereo Along the Way” his 4th compilation blasting Muddy Waters. When I look back, of his unique brand of original music that was pretty cool! There was always sophisticated blues, funk, jazz and gospel. music playing at our house, Ray Charles, In 2003 Patrick Ford produced Chris’s B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, all the latest CD, “Hall Of Shame” (Blue Rock’it greats.” Records-2003). “...this is now the sixth At the age of eight, Cain taught Chris Cain solo release I have produced, himself to play guitar and began playing not to mention his work with me on professionally before he was eighteen. projects like the Ford Blues Bands’ “In Chris studied music at San Jose City Memory Of Michael Bloomfield” CD, and College, and was soon teaching jazz I continue to be in awe of his incredible improvisation on campus. Over the next talent. As a guitarist/singer, Chris has been twenty years, Cain would also master praised by mentors like Albert King and 48 ISSUE 85 // JUNE 2017 The Sydney Blues and Roots Festival are proud to announce their first ever Winterfest! Held in historic Windsor and running from Friday June 16-18 inclusive this will be a great way to beat the Winter Blues! The festival will run from the Hawkesbury Hotel in the McQuade Park Precinct of Windsor. An amazing line-up will spoil the blues enthusiasts rotten. The promoters have been working tirelessly to arrange the Winterfest in record time and this year will include headliners, American Blues guitarist Chris Cain, The Pat Powell Super Blues Band playing Muddy Waters ‘Hard Again’ album, and living legend Mal Eastick. Winterfest will have the VIP Membership Card, which will also take you into the October event. These can be purchased from www. sydneybluesandrootsfestival.com and www.eventbrite.com.au for just $99.00 and are available now. The VIP Card will give you hugely discounted ticketed shows, and special rewards. Winterfest is proudly sponsored by Coopers, Southern Comfort, Hills & Hawkesbury Independent, Hawkesbury Radio, Hillbilly Cider, Billy Hyde Staging Systems, The Loft On George Street, Tates Hawkesbury Hotel, Utopian Touring, Blues Mountains Water and Birdwood Cigar Box Guitars. All tickets available from www.sydneybluesandrootsfestival. com and www.eventbrite.com.au. 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 personalised 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.” Winterfest Program Friday June 16 The New South Mezcaltones The Pat Powell Super Super Blues Band (playing Muddy Waters “ Hard Again” Album*) Featuring Pat Powell, Continental Robert Susz, Clayton Doley, IIIya Szwec, Vito Portolesi and Antero Ceschin. Saturday June 17 from 1:00pm Keith Hall Band Christina Crofts Band Lizard Simon Kinny-Lewis Band Ghost Road Chris Cain Sunday June 18 from 1:00pm Lloyd Spiegel 19-Twenty Mal Eastick & Milena Barrett www.hdinews.com.au THE hawkesbury INDEPENDENT