Chris Cain was born in San Jose, California in 1955 but was raised on his father’s stories of being raised in in Memphis, Tennessee. His father loved blues music, blaring Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and all of the blues greats. His dad set him off on a great path by taking him to a B.B. King concert when he was only three years old. That’s a great way to instill the blues in your soul!
He picked up the guitar at 8 years old and hasn’t put it down since. He began to play all over the San Jose area and even went to school to study music at San Jose City College. There he picked up on another style of music that greatly helped his playing, jazz. With an educational background in jazz and love for the blues, Chris Cain’s “searing guitar style sets him apart and has helped him to rise to the top of the blues scene.”
Over the years, Chris Cain has released some albums and has played with a few artists as well but unfortunately, he has not been giving the credit or recognition he deserves. Joe Bonamassa has said “One 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.” In this video of the B.B. King classic, you can hear King’s influence on Cain’s playing and vocal style as well.
Bonamassa admires Cain’s dedication to the blues and his style so much that he has invited him to play on the 2019 blues cruise to beautiful Grand Cayman. Cain will join the blues guitar extravaganza along with greats like Walter Trout, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and many others!