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Oliver Sain

Oliver Sain encompasses in his memories the entire history of the blues. His grandfather was Dan Sane (sic), partner with Frank Stokes in Memphis's legendary Beale St. Sheiks, among the first blues stars of the 1920s. Raised around Greenville, Mississippi, he came north with Little Milton, and worked as Milton's bandleader through the glory days of St. Louis r&b. As other local stars got famous and moved away, he built a recording studio and set himself the task of keeping St. Louis r&b alive.
       Over the years, Sain has established himself as the heart of St. Louis r&b, supporting the old guard and nurturing young talent. His Oliver Sain Revue makes an annual appearance at the St. Louis Blues Festival, and throughout the year he can be found working in local clubs. Far from living in the past, he is always immersed in new projects, recording with old friends like piano legend Johnny Johnson or training up a new singer. His saxophone playing is as strong as ever, and, though he is likely to be modest about his vocal abilities, when he sinks his teeth into a blues lyric he shows a mastery that the genre's young hotshots may never attain.


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