- Chicago Sun-Times
"A personable singer and a good accompanying guitarist, Brian Blain is a superior songwriter who writes lyrics about everyday life. His delivery is friendly, his words are insightful, and there is plenty of variety in the subject matter throughout this mostly joyful set, not just dealing with the usual love relationships. The backup musicians are excellent, but Brian Blain is in the spotlight throughout and performs a definitive set of his material. This set is particularly recommended to fans of upbeat folk music."
"A brilliant writer incorporating everyday experiences and situations into his lighthearted blues songs...Brian Blain could put a smile on a gargoyle."
"Overqualified For The Blues" has garnered considerable airplay in the U.S. and Canada with tracks in rotation on Galaxie and JAZZ-FM.
Top 10 of 2005 - "Sunday Night Soul" AM1430 CHKT, Toronto
Top 10 of 2005 - "Rue D'Auteuil" CKRL-fm 89.1, Quebec
Top 10 of 2005 - "Blues Bytes" www.bluenight.com/BluesBytes/
Recommended listening by All Music Guide - "...Particularly recommended to fans of upbeat folk music." - Scott Yanow, allmusic.com Oct/05
Recommended listening by Brad Wheeler (Dec/05 MapleBlues). "...For mature, relaxed-fit acoustic blues, Blain's the man for the job." Brad Wheeler, Globe & Mail, Sept 30/05
2005 Recipient - "Golden Quill" Porcupine Award from CIUT-FM "Back to the Sugar Camp" www.backtothesugarcamp.com The citation reads: "Brian has the ability to utilize a musical genre but not be limited by it when he composes his precious songs. He uses the blues and yet his songs weave in and out of them. Incorporating modern day life that fits in perfectly with this over-used musical style, he brings going to meetings, dating a girl with a Saab, or being a high tech guru with a slightly humorous detachment. He is the Buddha of the Blues."