Bold, brazen and boun­ti­ful blues

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENJOY -

Two great artists are com­ing to­gether to sing and play the blues. World renowned blues mu­si­cian Chris Cain and lead­ing New Zealand blues vo­cal­ist Erna Ferry are team­ing up for a ‘‘good time, tra­di­tional blues con­cert.’’

‘‘Queen of the Blues’’ Ferry and Cain have cre­ated magic be­fore but their May/June New Zealand gigs will be the first time these stel­lar artists have toured to­gether.

That their six-venue North Is­land tour, which in­cludes The Globe The­atre, to­mor­row night (June 1) and takes in five jazz fes­ti­vals, shows how much in de­mand these blues leg­ends are.

Chris Cain was a star of the 2004 and 2005 World Blues Re­vue and has re­ceived no less than four WC Handy nom­i­na­tions which have earned him in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure. The Handy awards are the blues equiv­a­lent of a Grammy nom­i­na­tion and this recog­ni­tion has seen Chris achieve head­line sta­tus in the US and be­yond.

He’s played with such artists as Ste­vie Ray Vaughan, Etta James and Del­bert McClin­ton and been de­scribed by jazz im­pre­sario, Rodger Fox, as a ‘‘true blues mu­si­cian is all senses of the word.’’

‘‘Chris plays Chicago-based electric blues and is one of the top ex­po­nents of the genre in the world to­day,’’ Rodger says.

Amer­i­can blues sen­sa­tion Joe Bona­massa de­scribes Chris as ‘‘a phe­nom­e­nal player. One of the purist I’ve ever heard.’’

Erna Ferry has strode the blues stage both in New Zealand jazz fes­ti­vals, at pres­ti­gious gigs in Mon­terey, San Fran­cisco, Las Ve­gas and Los An­ge­les and on the World Blues Re­vue. She has ‘‘great vo­cal styling and also plays great blues har­mon­ica,’’ cham­pi­ons the Christchurch Star.

In their North Is­land tour, ac­com­pa­nied by an all-star band, they’ll work to­gether pre­sent­ing a tra­di­tional eclec­tic blues con­cert.

Their tour per­forms as part of the Manawatu Jazz Fes­ti­val to­mor­row night at The Globe at 8pm. Tick­ets $20 to $26.

World renowned blues mu­si­cian Chris Cain will per­form in Palmer­ston North.

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