Rick Galusha's Pacific St. Blues and Americana

Since inception (1989), Pacific St. Blues & Americana strives to be a discerning voice helping roots fans sift through the mountains of music released every year. We are not for everyone; we want to engage active, critical listeners that hear beyond d'jour. Interviews include: Johnny Winter, Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Jerry Wexler, Tommy Shannon & Chris Layton, B.B. King, Dr. John, Robin Trower, Robben Ford, Mato Nanji, Joe Bonamassa, Harry Manx, Sue Foley, Marshall Chess, Billy Lee Riley, Charlie Louvin, Kim Richey, Radney Foster, Eric Johnson, David Clayton Thomas, Al Kooper, Phil Chen (Wired, Blow By Blow), Ian McLagan, Art Neville, Southside Johnny, Miami Steve Van Zant, Nils Lofgren, Bruce Iglauer, Charlie Musselwhite, Studebaker John, Chris Duarte, Smokin' Joe Kubeck, Hamilton Loomis, Peter Karp, Roomful of Blues, James Harman, Hadden Sayers, Malford Milligan, Melvin Taylor, Otis Taylor, Dave Alvin, Coco Montoya, Jimmy Thackery, Marsha Ball, Maria Muldaur, Shelby Lynne, Magic Dick & J. Geils, Lil' Milton, BuddyGuy, Aynsley Lister, Matt Schofield, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, James Cotton, Robin & Jesse Davey, Hugh Coltman (Hoax), Sean Kelly (Samples), John Entwistle (The Who), Mark Olson (Jayhawks), Walter Wolfman Washington, Anthony Gomes, Bob Malone, Chubby Carrier, Buckwheat Zydeco, Murali Coryell, David Jacob Strain, DeAnna Bogart, Michael Lee Firkins, Guy Davis, Jason Ricci, John Doe, Little Feat, Matt Woods, MikeZito, Peter Buffett, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Corky Siegel, Todd Park Mohr, Watermelon Slim, Magic Slim, Corey Harris,- - - - - - ------------------------Radio archives: http://www.kiwrblues.podomatic.com/. Playlists: http://www.omahablues.com/ Reviews featured in http://www.blueswax.com/. Email: KIWRblues@gmail.com Live online; Sundays 9 a.m. (-6 GMT) http://www.897theriver.com/

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Album Review Chris Cain's Hall of Shame

Chris CainFriday, August 19, 2005

Artist: Chris Cain
Title: Hall of Shame
Rating: Excellent

Within the broader genre of blues there are sub-categories among them the ‘Robert Johnson school’ which profoundly effected early Rock bands such as the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and the Allman Brothers. Another school are guitarists influenced by B.B King such as Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Chris Cain. When I heard that Cain was coming to perform in Omaha I grabbed a couple of CD’s I received over the years at Pacific Street Blues.Cain is a tasty guitar player with a strong tenor voice and an excellent vocabulary of licks and songs. His sound brings together classic Joe Williams vocals fronting B.B. King’s band.

It is fresh, remarkable, and void of trite cliches and gushing tributes.His sixth album, released in 2003, Hall of Shame, is an exceptionally well crafter blues album that uses texture & taste. Hall of Shame is a mellow affair with soaring solos and heartfelt vocals in a classic post 50’s electric blues sound. This is as perfect a “blues” album as you will ever find. Cain’s solos are jazzy crisp runs ala’ early Steely Dan that contribute to the melody line rather than simply fill up space with clutter. Cain will be performing in Omaha on Sunday, August 28th at the Blues Society ofOmaha’s FREE family day at the Anchor Inn. For more details go towww.OmahaBlues.com.

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