Brian Blain

Brian Blain

BandBluesFolk

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, upbeat, thoughtful, and always entertaining

Biography

Brian Blain is a popular mainstay of the Toronto music scene both as a player and behind the scenes. His new NorthernBlues release, "Overqualified For The Blues" features four tracks with Michael Jerome Browne and guest appearances by Jim Galloway, Harry Manx, Paul Reddick, members of Downchild and many other Toronto blues luminaries.

“Overqualified For The Blues” has garnered considerable airplay in the U.S. and Canada with tracks in rotation on Galaxie and JAZZ-FM.

Top 10 of 2005 - “Sunday Night Soul” AM1430 CHKT, Toronto

Top 10 of 2005 - “Rue D’Auteuil” CKRL-fm 89.1, Québec

Top 10 of 2005 – “Blues Bytes” www.bluenight.com/BluesBytes

Recommended listening by All Music Guide - "...Particularly recommended to fans of upbeat folk music." - Scott Yanow, allmusic.com Oct/05

Recommended listening by Brad Wheeler (Dec/05 MapleBlues). "…For mature, relaxed-fit acoustic blues, Blain's the man for the job." Brad Wheeler, Globe & Mail, Sept 30/05

2005 Recipient - "Golden Quill" Porcupine Award from CIUT-FM "Back to the Sugar Camp"
www.backtothesugarcamp.com The citation reads: "Brian has the ability to utilize a musical genre but not be limited by it when he composes his precious songs. He uses the blues and yet his songs weave in and out of them. Incorporating modern day life that fits in perfectly with this over-used musical style, he brings going to meetings, dating a girl with a Saab, or being a high tech guru with a slightly humorous detachment. He is the Buddha of the Blues."

Longer bio at www.northernblues.com/bio_blain.html

More reviews at www.northernblues.com/review_blain.html

I have a blog at http://torontobluesdiary.blogspot.com

Lastly, www.MySpace.com/brianblain is where I loaded up a new tune I wrote for Alice Brock celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the "Alice’s Restaurant Massacree"

Lyrics

No More Meetings

Written By: Brian Blain

No more meetings - no more committees
No more agendas - no more assemblies
No more protocol - no more decorum
No more worries - 'bout making quorum
No more deadlines - no more time limits
No more notes to take - no more minutes
No more discussions - no more proceedings
I rise with this motion - no more meetings

(INST)

BR:
People askin questions and I don't know what to say
I don't know the anwers could I come back some other day
Now that I'm elected but if I have to stay
Here's my solution - one simple resolution

No more meetings - no more committees
No more agendas - no more assemblies
No more protocol - no more decorum
No more worries - 'bout making quorum
No more deadlines - no more time limits
No more notes to take - no more minutes
No more discussion - no long proceedings
I rise with this motion - no more meetings

Blues Is Hurting

Written By: Brian Blain

INTRO: The music business sucks these days
With all they're going through
But the victims who will suffer most
Are the folks who love the blues

Blues is Hurting, Blues is Hurting
Clubs are closing, CD sales are down
Festivals cancelled and no more big-names coming to town

Blues is Hurting, Blues is Hurting
Blues musician wages haven't changed in thirty years
And you've still got blues bands out there playin for beers

Blues is Hurting, Blues is Hurting
If you ask the young folks today who they'd like to hear sing
They only blues name they know is B.B. King
What about all the great bluesmen that are still out there doin' their thing

Blues is Hurting, Blues is Hurting
But those of us that love it we know blues is here to stay
And we're not discouraged if the blues is having a bad day
Cause there'll always be a time when you'll hear somebody say
Blues is Hurting Blues is Hurting
Blues is Hurting Blues is Hurting

Terrace Inn

Written By: Brian Blain

Down in the Townships on old Lac Brome
At a lakeside bar the kids called home
In the Nineteen Seventies we rocked the house
In a hot little band called Oliver Klaus
With nothing to lose and the world to win
We were playing all summer at the Terrace Inn

Kids walked for miles from their homes and farms
Their parents and teachers all up in arms
Their stories written on the washroom wall
Their innocence lost in an old dance hall
We loved those kids and they loved our band
And I just wanted to sound like Magic Sam

When I think back to those golden days
The fun we had and the hell we raised
Drinking too much beer - getting into a fight
Making love on the lake in the soft moonlight
Making our music with friends and kin
Playing all summer at the Terrace Inn

Discography

Overqualified For The Blues (NorthernBlues 2005)
Compilation: Toronto Blues Society 20 Years (TBS 2005)
Compilation: Future of the Blues Vol. 2 (NorthernBlues 2004)
Compilation: Future of the Blues (NorthernBlues 2001)
Compilation: Toronto Blues Today (TBS 1999)
Who Paid You To give Me The Blues? - Brian Blain (ind 1999)
Tales of the Townships - Brian Blain (ind cass. 1985)
Story of the Magic Pick - Brian Blain (Good Noise/Polydor 1973)
Hands Up - Oliver Klaus - producer (Capt. Moze Records 1972)
Fraser & DeBolt with Pleasure - producer (Columbia Records 1972)
Les Marionettes - Trio BAK (Disques Match 1963)

Set List

Folk Blues (solo) and original blues-based material (w/band)