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May
22

GARY CAIN-NEXT STOP-REVIEW JOHN EMMS

Gary Cain is a fierce guitarist and definitely no slave to musical fashion.

He picks up his guitar and rips.

Although he often works in blues riffs, funk, and rock he ultimately bridges the gap between all three on his new album titled Next Stop.

In fact the Canadian-born, Austin-based guitarist, singer, and songwriter also plays bass and drums casting himself as a one man power trio.

Blasting off the album with “Billionaires In Space,” Cain rips it up over a Johnny Winter-esque riff, while “Confusion” drills down in Hendrix territory.

The real bonus is the excellent lyrics when you check out the master funk of “Gatekeeper”

“Hey gatekeeper, tell me what’s your role?/Wine and dine, always looking fine in the
emperor’s new clothes/Oh gatekeeper don’t try to tell me what you know/I had my ten thousand
hours in about ten thousand hours ago.”

Elsewhere on “House On Fire” and the gorgeous “Gone” Cain’s virtuosic Stratospheric solos reach new heights.

Cain has a blindingly fast technique on guitar and that’s a no brainer but as evidenced On Gone and Crazy, vocally he more than gets it done.

The SRV influenced instrumental “A Short, Furious Goodbye,” which ends the album is absolutely killer. Next Stop shows Cain as a confident artist with superb guitar “hero” chops.

This year he will be performing with his excellent band in the US, Canada, UK &
Spain.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, musician, Post Media contributor, Juno Awards Judge and former tv and radio host.

Twitter https://twitter.com/emmsreviews


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