Blues Listening With Chris Cain

Chris Cain is one of my personal favorite guitar players on the planet… he’s also arguably one of the most “under-the-radar” blues players you’ll never hear of.

His style is somewhat of a mix between classic BB King and modern Robben Ford with some occasional extra tasty stuff from a suitcase full of licks that has clearly been many years in the making.

So I thought I’d share some of my personal favorite tunes of his, in hopes that you might dig in a little further on your own if you like what you hear…

First, a good old fashioned shuffle that just SWINGS so hard… listen to how he stays so connected to the band all the time…

Another one of my favorites of Chris’ is this slow number, “Sweet Sixteen”…

And you can hear just a touch of a jazz influence on this next one which is a studio cut…

That’s a taste, and I hope you dig it. If you like it and you want more, make sure you search Chris Cain out and go see him live, you won’t regret it.

37 Comments

  • Chad

    Reply Reply September 16, 2017

    WOW!!! Awesome. Wish I had known about him sooner Callahan’s is 3 miles from my house.
    Also, great quote Robert, I’m going to plagiarize that one.

  • Gary G. Koester

    Reply Reply September 11, 2017

    sounds good. too bad he never leaves CA.

  • MyKey K™

    Reply Reply September 8, 2017

    🎼 Many thanKs again Griff for sharing this blisterinGREAT BLUESinginGuitarisTalent KRIS KANE❗

  • Robin

    Reply Reply September 8, 2017

    Thank you for sharing Chris Cain. I have never heard him before.

  • Ed M

    Reply Reply September 7, 2017

    Hey Griff, l first saw Chris in the 80’s before his first album. I have a recording on cassette that is from then that will blow your socks off. Thanks for letting others know about him.

  • mike z.

    Reply Reply September 7, 2017

    Griff , I have not heard of Chris Cain before these video’s . He has a style just as you described . Very easy to listen to also . Thanks for sending , and to me , you are still the best . Mike Z.

  • credenhill

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    OK

    He is a very good guitar player, but his oral gyrations make him hard to watch.

    • Robert Tippitt

      Reply Reply September 6, 2017

      When I was a lad I was told it took a skilled carpenter to build a number 1 barn but any jackass could kick it down! Which one are you? Something to think about! Envy is a sad friend.

    • JimS

      Reply Reply September 8, 2017

      Agreed !

  • Chris Babcock

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    Holy crap, why have we not heard this guy! He is incredible!

  • Steve Sulger

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    Griff: Thanks for the opportunity to see/hear this guy! He is a white funky BB King!! Wonderful guitar playing….
    Cheers

  • JimS

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    Great blues player! Just needs to button his shirt .

    • Robert Tippitt

      Reply Reply September 6, 2017

      Same to you as well!

  • John McMurtry

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    This is one of my favs. There’s one run here that “makes it worth the price of admission”. Can you find it?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOGptJyMsvI

  • Don Turnock

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    A true blues guy, playing a true blues guitar. Fantastic!

  • JoeyB

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    Oh my! Thanks for sharing!!

    • PAUL

      Reply Reply September 6, 2017

      HE DOES HAVE THAT BB KING SOUND. HE ALSO SOUND LIKE A YOUNG BB KING. THIS GUY, BLOW BAONAMASA OUT OF THE WATER. HE NEEDS SOME PR.

  • Gary Hylton

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    This cat’s where its at!

    Thanks Griff

    Old School & Still Rockin’

    Gary Hylton

  • Axel

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    Seen him a couple of times in the SF Bay Area. Will see him again in two week; his tone is out of this world, and he clearly mastered his instrument.

  • Lance Groody

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    Hey I know his keyboard player. Nice to see them getting this pub!

  • Rohn

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    The guy is pretty kewell Griff pretty kewell
    rohn

  • clif

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    Cain is articulate and very well practiced.
    OK, now back to my Tele.
    More practice. must practice,

  • MyKey K™

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    🎼 Many thanKs Griff for sharing this blistering blueSinginGuitarisTalent‼️

  • Alex Mowatt

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    Well Griff you introduce us to some great players. I imagine an evening spent listening to this chap is a blast. Obviously an accomplished blues player and he sounds great. Can I assume he has a CD / CDs out there? I wonder how he would fair in a ‘shootout’ with the Griff Hamilin Band. Thank you for this videos Griff. You can hear some of his influences in there notably BB King, perhaps a bit of Clapton. I still feel you are the best so there.

  • Mike g.

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    You are every bit as good if not better than Chris!! Just my opinion!

  • Joe Abrams

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    I watched some of the same videos yesterday! I have a youtube playlist of his videos. “My Mood” is a great instrumental or “Gambler Blues” a wounderful BB King song. – Thanks Griff for talking about Chris.

  • Tony

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    Thanks Griff, Just great.

    Tony. UK

  • Tom Hopsicker

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    Good stuff. Check out Callahans the next time you’re in Ann Arbor. They book some great bands.

  • Joe

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    Thanks Griff for sharing I learn something new listening to everyone. It definitely keeps me thinking!

  • Terry

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    At my lesson last week and my teacher put some Chris on.It’s was new to me. Always great to find a new player. I agree that there is Lots of players out there doing great things that you never really hear. Got a late start at it myself but how satisfying would it be to be able to get close to what these players are doing. Practice practice practice ya and more practice. Lol.

  • Keith

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    Good stuff! Thanks for sharing

  • Nick W - UK

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    Thanks for sharing this. Never ceases to amaze me how many great players there are out there who never really get the recognition they deserve (and also many who seem to get recognition they don’t really deserve!). Will look out for some more of Chris’s work.

  • Kevin O'Sullivan

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    Yeah he’s good – almost as good as you Griff!!

  • Mark Wales uk

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    Cheers Griff
    He can play with feeling and I can hear the connection with BB and RF

  • Linda Kanov

    Reply Reply September 6, 2017

    Thankyou

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