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 Simon Kinny-Lewis:
Simon Kinny-Lewis takes the audience with him on a seismic journey of compelling, blues guitar - along with a voice that Steve Lukather (Toto, Michael Jackson), describes as being similar to American blues star Joe Bonamassa. Simon’s own original, soulful brand of contemporary blues, combined with an uncanny ability to reach the hearts of onlookers, has given this artist from Sydney, Australia a loyal and ever-growing army of followers.
Simon Kinny-Lewis has performed and recorded with world-renowned artists such as Christian Howes, Ric Fierabracci, Anton Davidyants, Simeon Cain and more. He has acknowledged the influence of many great guitarists including Scott Henderson, Robben Ford, Richie Kotzen and others, however Simon has now well and truly found his own guitar ‘voice’ through many years of hard work and dedication to his craft. Quite simply, he is an amazing guitarist, songwriter, performer and producer. He has recorded five albums to date, ranging in genres from contemporary electric blues, acoustic blues, rock and even finger-pickin’ country.
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.”