Written by Daniel Stad
Self-taught, he began playing boogie-woogie and country on the family piano at a very young age. "Long before my feet could reach the floor from the bench," he recalls. He has played for years with bands around the GTA and also writes songs. He gained a reputation around the GTA for his explosive Jerry Lee Lewis performances,
There is another side, however. Blaine loves blues, country and r&b guitar as well as the keys. He has also been fortunate enough to have performed with such well-known musicians as Ralph Cole (Lighthouse), Rich Dodson (The Stampeders), singers Amy Sky, Alan Frew (Glass Tiger), John Dudgeon (Steel River), Luke Gibson (Kensington Market, Luke and The Apostles) the Juno Award-winning blues band Fathead and even a few times with Canadian Idol judge Zack Werner.
Blaine cites the late Jane Vasey of the Downchild Blues Band and boogie-woogie pioneer Earl "Father" Hines (both of whom he had the pleasure to meet) as great influences. Blaine has played between 30 and 40 engagements a year all over Ontario, and though he has cut back on his number of performances, he still enjoys playing both original and classic rock and roll tunes.
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