With one foot planted firmly in the Blues, and the other foot planted in seemingly everything else, The Gary Cain Band bring a fresh and unique musical style defined by their debut release, “Twangadelic Bluesophunk”. The band were Semi-Finalists in The Blues Foundation’s 2018 International Blues Challenge, held in Memphis.
Cain’s guitar work on stage has been described by reviewers as “genre-bending”, “jaw-dropping”and “the real deal”, but the foundation of his virtuosic style was laid via marathon practice sessions as a youngster in his parents’ basement. “Back then it’s all I would do some days – sometimes 13, 14 hours a day. I’d have to be reminded to eat.” says Cain. Long days poring over the musical styles of blues legends gave him a deep respect for the music, but he’s not beholden to it. “I’m not a purist.” he says, “What made those players so great was what they brought ot the music to make it their own. Albert King was the best Albert King there’ll ever be. You gotta do your own thing with it.” That ethos is in full effect on Twangadelic Bluesophunk, a ten-track tour-de-force that is anything but traditional.
Providing the launch-pad for Cain’s fretboard pyrotechnics are the veteran rhythm section of Tom Nagy on bass and Donnie MacDougall on drums. Both players bring a vast experience in a variety of musical styles, shifting effortlessly between genres all the while remaining as tight as any band you’ve ever heard.
Gary Cain Band live at the Richmond Tavern in London, ON, Aug 26, 2017. Song is Albert King’s “Don’t Lie To Me”
Gary Cain: guitar / vocals
Tom Nagy: bass
Donnie McDougall: drums
Published on May 14, 2017
Our May guest is the Gary Cain Band. In 2016 Gary was named one of the best unsigned Blues Rock guitarists in the world. In this episode, we learn the story behind the release of Gary’s first album “Twangadelic Bluesophunk”, his musical journeys around the world, and he shows us his gear. Turn up your speakers and enjoy the songs performed: “Thought I Heard You Say” and “Twang Strut”.