The Bay City Blues is our weekly showcase of world class Blues music and superb instrumental talent. This event is a celebration of the Blues in all its forms and an adventure into the depth of a national genre. Hosted by the nationally recognized Chris Cain & his All-Star cast of Musicians, every week they invite a new special guest to accompany them on stage and present new, upcoming, & old talent from the blues world! Bay City Blues is our tribute and exploration into the Blues genre, it is a special event in which we all get to help, share, & “Preserve the Blues."
About Dave Gonzales:
Dave Gonzales is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and author. Gonzales is one of the top guitarists to come out of the Bay Area. He began learning the guitar at five years old and has been performing since the early 1970s with predominantly blues and rock bands. Some of these bands include Gary Smith Chicago Blues Band, Andy Just, Little John Chrisley, Nick Gravenites, Charlie Musselwhite, Gregg Allman & Friends, The Alameda All-Stars, Les Dudek, and more. He is one of a few living guitarists who had the privilege of playing with the late bluesmaster, Freddie King. He has also played with Robben Ford, Mike Bloomfield, Elvin Bishop, Average White Band, Buddy Miles, Foghat, Aynsley Dunbar, and a list of others.
In 1979, Dave Gonzales signed with Bill Graham Productions as guitarist for the legendary Bobby Bare replacing Ronnie Montrose. Dave stayed with Bare for nearly two years, performing several U.S. tours, European tours, and television. Gonzales was nominated for a CMA award as Bare's backup band. Through Bare, he was called by Charlie McCoy for a West Coast tour. McCoy has been regarded as the top 10-hole harmonica in Country music, also recording with Elvis and Bob Dylan, not to mention the musical director of "Hee Haw". On a different musical road, Gonzales toured with reggae's Inner Circle of "Bad Boys" fame. Currently besides performing, he's in the studio recording a new CD and he is publishing a book, "The Guitarist's Dictionary & Reference" to be released in mid-2018.
About Chris Cain:
Chris Cain's jazz-tinged, blues soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have the maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. His expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery. His passion and intensity are a blend of his mother's Greek ancestry and his father's soulful black heritage.
Cain was raised on stories of his father’s childhood upbringing on Memphis’ Historic Beale Street and attended his first B.B King concert at the tender age of three. Blues music played continuously on the home stereo and family outings were often trips to concerts. Cain recalls, “I remember when I was a kid, my Dad would be mowing the lawn with the stereo blasting Muddy Waters. When I look back, that was pretty cool! There was always music playing at our house, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, all the greats.”
Larry Nager (syndicated Scripts-Howard music critic) writes, “Nowadays most young blues players are Strat-wielding Stevie Ray Vaughan-a-bes. Not Chris Cain. With a voice that recalls B.B. King and a thick toned Gibson guitar sound reminiscent of Albert King, Cain is forging a unique style. With his own highly personalized songwriting, “Hall Of Shame” is a giant step in the development of one of the most compelling young bluesmen on today’s scene.”
Through his guitar mastery and remarkable songwriting ability, Chris Cain has established himself as a musical force to be reckoned with. And as San Jose Mercury News music reviewer John Orr writes, “more than anyone else, anywhere, Chris Cain represents the future of the blues.”