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.
Brian has played all kinds of music from classical to rock but has come full circle to where he started, the folk blues. He has worked in just about every aspect of the music business on stage and behind the scenes as a recording artist, sideman, producer, manager, music writer/editor, publisher, director and tireless promoter of Canadian blues artists.
Ever since his 1973 recording, The Story of the Magic Pick(Good Noise/Polydor), Brian has been providing his wry commentary on the music scene. On this album, Blues is Hurting is Brian's take on the blues scene today and One More Weasel is a cynical swipe at the music industry from this otherwise mild-mannered Buddhist bluesman.
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.”