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MP3 Brett Shain - The Other Man

An Easy Listening mix of soft rock, country with a hint of jazz.

9 MP3 Songs in this album (35:19) !
Related styles: Easy Listening: Soft Rock, Solo Male Artist

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BRETT SHAIN MUSICAL BIOGRAPHY FROM 1965 TO PRESENT

Brett grew up in Hallowell, Maine, picked up his first guitar at about 10 years old. He took lessons from a local high school girl named Diane McPherson. Diane taught him the basic chords. Brett put the guitar down until he was 15 then he picked it up again and has been playing since.
In high school he played with various friends in garage band type settings. Almost immediately Brett had the urge to create his own music so he started writing his own tunes at 15 years old. He discovered that a love for music would be a big part of his life. Brett attended the “University of Maine Farmington” where he began to develop his skills as a singer songwriter. In college, Brett performed in several shows and began to find that people seemed to respond to his music.
After college, Brett played for a time with his high school friend lead guitarist Les Hall. They called themselves “Shain & Hall” and Brett began to learn the basics of the business.
Brett left Maine and moved to Sugarloaf Key, Florida where he met Steve Cohen, a Harmonica/guitar player, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Brett and Steve played in several bars in Key West, they also performed for tips daily at Mallory Square’s famous sunsets. It was during this time that Brett started to realize the beauty of performing and the high only a musician can understand that comes with performing.
From Key West, Brett & his wife Jane, moved back to Hallowell, Maine where Brett met Paul Delesio (Guitar, Fiddle, & Vocals). Brett & Paul started a duo called “Nobody Famous.” They played a mixture of originals and cover tunes. They played gigs in Portland, Bath, & Hallowell and stayed very busy for about a year.
From Hallowell, Brett & Jane moved to Duluth, Minnesota for a short period of time. While in Duluth, Brett managed to perform with old high school friend Les Hall and Wisconsin friend Steve Cohen at an invitational talent show featuring his original music. Although he didn’t win, the local reviews were very positive.
From Duluth, Brett moved to Red Wing Minnesota for two years. While in Red Wing, Brett played with a band called “The Sundogs,” a band made up of two guitars, fiddle, and tenor banjo. The Sundogs performed at parties and at local coffee houses.
From Red Wing, Brett moved to St. Petersburg, Florida where his music career really took off. Brett hooked up with an old high school buddy Darrell Dodge (Bass Guitar & Vocals), and Doug Turcotte (Lead Guitar& Vocals) two fellow Mainers who were very well established in the St. Pete area. A Band call The DT’S (Dodge, Turcotte, & Shain) was formed. The DT’S had no boundaries covering songs from “Steely Dan” to” Johnny Mercer”, they were well known for tight three part harmonies and simply played songs they liked with no particular concern for a formula. For several years The DT’S performed in many clubs and concerts in the Tampa/St. Pete Area. As they developed as a band, they started to introduce original material. As their popularity increased, they got to open up for several concerts in the St. Pete area. They opened for The Band, America, Dave Mason, Al Stuart, & Pheobe Snow. They also were asked to perform at the Willie Nelson Nationwide Invitational band competition. During this time, The DT’S would come to Maine during the summer months, and performed from Portland to Boothbay Harbor to Sugarloaf Mountain. They had a great following in Maine where it wasn’t uncommon to see a line waiting outside to get into the clubs they played at. The DT’S released their one album “Nightline”, which got a little airplay in Maine, but unfortunately they broke up shortly after the release of that album.
After the breakup of the DT’S, Brett moved back to Maine where he started a duo with lead guitarist Roger Sampson. Brett played with Roger until he became a member of the famous Maine band “The Boneheads.” Brett went on to play as a solo until he formed “The Barking Cats” Tino Liakas (Lead Guitar& Vocals), Peter France (Keyboard), John Mcurdy (Bass Guitar), and Marty Hagland (Drums). The Barking Cats were a club band that covered blues, country swing, & rock. The Barking Cats were together for about two and a half years where they performed throughout Maine.
After the break up of the Barking Cats, Brett focused on a solo career. In 1994, Brett put together his first album of original songs and released his first solo album The Other Man. Featuring, Brett Shain (AcousticGuitar & Vocals), Tim Leighton (Electric Lead Guitar), John McCurdy (Bass Guitar), Scott Perrow (Drums), Lefty McCauslin (Sax), Paul Delesio (Fiddle), Tori Morrill (Congas), Katie Webber & Sue Riedy (Vocals). The Other Man got a great review from the music magazine, The Sweet Potato. Brett re-released this album in 2010.
Brett continued to play solo and in 2009 he released his latest solo album Mallory Square. Brett Shain (Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals), Roger Sampson (Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Dobro, & Steel Guitar), Dave Briggs (Upright Bass), Ginger Cote (Drums & Percussion), Adam Soosman (Sax & Flute), Katy Webber (Vocals). These fine musicians performed to a full house with Brett at his CD release party in March of 2009 at Slates Resturant Monday Night Concert Series. Mallory Square got a stellar review from local music critic, Lucky Clark. Mallory Square has received air play on several radio stations featuring homegrown Maine music. Brett continues to play solo gigs throughout Maine and on occasion plays with Roger Sampson Dave Briggs, and drummer Alfred Lund. Brett is currently writing songs for his next solo album which will be titled “Blue Moon Cafe.”


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