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Bluesdays: Chris Cain
June 21, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Chris Cain plays Bluesdays at Palisades Tahoe.
“That little gig at Squaw Valley has been one of the real joys of my playing days,” Chris Cain said. “I’ve never played anywhere where everybody’s so happy. My band is like a bunch of flowers and if you put water on them, they just bloom. Those folks there are just so receptive to stuff. My band just played their brains out when they’d go there.”
Cain is beloved by Bluesdays-goers, as well. He’s played the event more than any other artist.
He’s been making records for 35 years, with his 15th, “Raisin’ Cain,” perhaps being the most critically acclaimed. Numerous critics put “Raisin’ Cain” on its Top 10 list for best blues albums of 2021, including MOJO magazine, which had it at No. 3. In May, Cain won International Songwriting Competition for Blues for his song “I Believe I Got Off Cheap.”
His touring band also is the studio band. It has keyboardist Greg Rahn, bassist Steve Evans and drummer Sky Garcia. Greaseland Studio’s Kid Andersen produced the record in San Jose.
Cain can play almost any instrument, and he plays keys on four of the album’s songs. His keen ears are the result of growing up in a happy musical household, which is described in the autobiographical “Born To Play.” He was 3 when he saw B.B. King for the first time.
“As a teenager, I was a nut,” Cain said. “Everybody else was getting laid and driving and stuff. And I was locked in a room totally destroying my records.”
Cain lives in Copperopolis in the Sierra Nevada foothills.