Chris Cain takes King’s sound to new places

One of the highest regarded blues players by his peers, Chris Cain is underappreciated by the general public. Fortunately, he has much respect in the Lake Tahoe area, where he has appeared at Squaw Valley’s weekly summertime event, Bluesdays, more than any other artist.

Buddy Emmer's Band with Chris Cain @ Harrah's 02-23-2016-358-LCain appears tonight at the free Tuesday show in the Village at Squaw Valley from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Dennis Jones, who like Cain is a superb guitarist, singer and songwriter but not widely known by many non-blues lovers, remembers the first time he saw Cain.

“He was onstage playing and I just stopped everything and said, ‘Who is that?’ ” said Jones, who will make his Bluesdays debut on July 26. “I quickly noticed that he incorporated a lot of B.B. King, kind of like Mike Bloomfield took B.B., but he took it somewhere else but you can still hear the root of B.B. King in everything he does.

“He’s a great player. He’s the type of guy who will humble anybody. If you play next to him, you better be on your game. I truly respect him on the highest level. I think he should be known way more than he is now. He should be a household name just like Albert (King) and the rest of those guys. He’s magic, a true blues player.

Cain attended a B.B. King concert when he was just 3 years old. He studied jazz, which he taught at San Jose City College, and was a professional player before turning 18. His recording career began in 1987. He also plays piano, bass, clarinet and saxophone.

Cain’s singing voice has been compared to B.B. King’s and his musicianship on the guitar has been lauded by Robben Ford and Albert King.

  • Bluesdays 2016
    6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Village at Squaw Valley, free
    July 5 – Chris Cain
    July 12 – Shawn Holt & the Teardrops
    July 19 – J.C. Smith Band
    July 26 – Dennis Jones Band
    August 2 – David Jacobs Strain
    August 9 – Lloyd Jones
    August 16 – Joe Louis Walker
    August 23 – James Armstrong
    August 30 – Mark Hummel Band ft. Little Charlie Baty, & Anson Funderburgh
    September 6 – Kenny Neal

About Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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