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Family band brings Country to Kings Heath
Country music trio The Cains visit Birmingham on June 28, 2016, for a show at the Kitchen Garden Cafe in Kings Heath. The Alabama group - two sisters and their brother - have been receiving rave reviews since their international debut at last year's Country2Country Festival.
I spoke to Madison Cain who began by introducing the band.
I'm Madison Cain and I'm 25. I love to read (I'm currently following the Reese Witherspoon must-read list), I just got a French bulldog puppy named Otter. I love Coldplay, Sleeping at Last, Kacey Musgraves and Family of the Year.
My sister is Taylor Cain and she's 26. She loves fishing, watching baseball (her boyfriend is a major league pitcher) and playing volleyball on the beach. Taylor loves pop/ r&b, Chris Brown, Walk the Moon, the 1975 and One Direction. But she also loves Fleetwood Mac and The Civil Wars. We would attribute a lot of our music to their inspiration.
Our brother is Logan Cain - he'll be 24 in less than a month. He is super athletic! He plays in a rec baseball league and is into any kind of 'stunt'. Just check out his Instagram and you will see! He loves John Mayer and Needtobreathe.
The Cains: Logan, Taylor and Madison
What led to the three of you performing together?
We grew up in church. Our dad was the pastor and he always played music so naturally he recruited us as his band. We were on stage playing drums, piano, bass and guitar as early as 12-years-old.
It wasn't until college that we saw the opportunity to make music professionally. It always just seemed like a long shot. A friend suggested we enter an internet contest to perform as a support act for Dave Barnes, an IDOL of ours. After thousands of 'votes, likes and shares', we won and made our debut performance in front of a couple hundred people. We didn't have merchandise or a name but that experience gave us the confidence to get started.
What are the pros and cons of siblings working, touring and performing together?
We are the closest friends so you have best friends with you all the time, travelling the country and abroad. Even if we were each solo artists we would just try to be together anyway. And we are a 'safe place' for each other. In this industry, we hear horror story after horror story of people being taken advantage of. Together, we are a brick wall. We have the one another's back.
Cons - we are fragile. We care so much about what the other thinks. We look to Taylor's opinion of our voices, or how Logan feels about what we are playing. That can lead to strife. Quickly. Sometimes we have to bring in a third party person to hammer the hard truth, so we don't get mad at each other. But after a couple years you learn how to handle it.
What's happened in the world of The Cains during the last 12 months?
Wow! It's been crazy. We performed at C2C, then CMA Fest, we had a song on Sirius XM, we came back to the UK and toured, our music video for Knock Knock premiered on CMT Music (in the US and Canada), and we just signed a publishing deal.
What happened in the middle of all the peaks in our story? We walked through little valleys of doubt and uncertainty so we are thankful to make it to where we are today.
What are your plans for the next few months?
We might go off the grid for a couple months and write, write, write.
What makes British audiences so special?
There's a reason that we have come back every six months. There is a level of respect for the music that I haven't seen anywhere else. People listen intently, and they want to be a part of building up new acts. It's a privilege to perform here.
What can we expect at your show at Birmingham's Kitchen Garden Café on June 28?
We want to bring 'The Bluebird' to Birmingham. We want to tell stories. We want people to feel like they are in our living room, a part of the writing process. They can expect a blend of cover songs and originals - and lots of laughter!
If you get any time off in Birmingham on June 28 what do you plan to do?