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Brian Blain

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Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: September 11, 1946    

Originally from the hills of rural Quebec, now based in Toronto, Brian “Colorblind” Blain has been performing his unique brand of slow-cooked, solid-groove folk blues for more than 40 years - soulful, thoughtful, always entertaining. His current release on NorthernBlues includes four tracks with Michael Jerome Browne and guest appearances by Harry Manx, Paul Reddick, members of Downchild and other Canadian blues luminaries.

Brian is the quintessential 21st century northern bluesman - a study in contradiction, starting with the title of his new album, “Overqualified For The Blues”. His guitar style is as authentic and soulful as you will find in any blues - south, east, west or north - but his lyrics reveal a unique, contemporary point of view. His vocals do not sound like some old blues guy, yet he is an old blues guy, with 60 years of life experiences and 40 years writing and singing about them (on the same guitar). His lyrics are thoughtful but he's an entertainer at heart....
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”a brilliant writer incorporating everyday experiences and situations into his lighthearted blues songs...Brian Blain could put a smile on a gargoyle.”

- Richard Bourcier, jazzreview.com

“...the kind of deceptively laid-back groove associated with Ali Farka Tour» (I kid you not)”

- Norman Darwen, Blues & Rhythm, UK

“master storyteller...It is refreshing to know of artists such as Brian Blain”.

- Music City Blues Society, Nashville, TN

“...excellent guitar playing and (a) funny, wry, intelligent take on life.”

- Bruce Erskine, Halifax Chronicle Herald

“one of the wittiest songwriting pens on the Canadian blues scene.”

- Mike Regenstreif, Montreal Gazette

“… wry and thoughtful songwriting … singing with great empathy, and completely lacking affectation … guided by the universal blues aesthetic of related experiences, connecting listeners to performance, and making them highly accessible.”

” Dr Feelgood, CKLN-FM “Low Down to Uptown”

“For mature, relaxed-fit acoustic blues, Blain's the man for the job.”

- Brad Wheeler, Globe & Mail

“...particularly recommended to fans of upbeat folk music”

- Scott Yanow, allmusic.com

“...one of the most original albums you'll hear this year...”

- Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes

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Overqualified For The Blues
NorthernBlues Music (2004)

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