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out & about Still got the Blues for you: Winterfest warms up Windsor Chris Cain masters the 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 are a blend US blues legend, Chris Cain is headlining Winterfest. 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 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.” 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 THE hills INDEPENDENT www.hdinews.com.au take you into the October event. Winterfest Program These can be purchased from www. Friday June 16 sydneybluesandrootsfestival.com and The New South www.eventbrite.com.au for just $99.00 Mezcaltones The Pat Powell Super Super Blues Band and are available now. The VIP Card will (playing Muddy Waters “ Hard Again” give you hugely discounted ticketed Album*) shows, and special rewards. Featuring Pat Powell, Continental Robert Winterfest is proudly sponsored Susz, Clayton Doley, IIIya Szwec, Vito by Coopers, Southern Comfort, Hills & Portolesi and Antero Ceschin. Hawkesbury Independent, Hawkesbury Saturday June 17 from 1:00pm Radio, Hillbilly Cider, Billy Hyde Staging Keith Hall Band Christina Crofts Band Systems, The Loft On George Street, Tates Lizard Hawkesbury Hotel, Utopian Touring, Simon Kinny-Lewis Band Blues Mountains Water and Birdwood Ghost Road Cigar Box Guitars. Chris Cain All tickets available from www.sydneybluesandrootsfestival.com and w ܹٕщɥєԸ)Mչ)չɽ)1吁M(Qݕ)5ѥ5 ɕ)%MMUЀ)U9܀