For over 40 years I have written songs to chronicle the human condition. My musical influences include the country blues greats (too numerous to mention), the first two years of Elvis, the Rolling Stones (through Sticky Fingers), Ry Cooder, Captain Beefheart and Lou Reed. Literary and cultural inspirations are Hemingway, Jim Thompson, Paul Bowles, Ernie Banks, Monty Python and Sherlock Holmes, among others. In order to write you must read. Bain songs have aired on radio, TV, the internet, the back porch, the basement and various clubs, halls and gin mills.  "You could say I'm a cynical optimist. When I've had a good sleep, I'm hopeful."

Press
- here's an article about Song For Dear Kitty
- You might have heard one of my advertising compositions.  

- Here's an article about my "Thanks Mister Banks" record. 
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Another "Thanks" article from the Daily Herald.
Newspaper Articles 

- 1995 Chicago Tribune article 

All songs copr. 1974-2017 Roger Bain.