You try and try, and then when you give up, it all falls into place. That's the story behind Cantinero, the left-of-center pop group that's really just multi-instrumentalist Chris Hicken. Born and raised in Birmingham, England, Hicken fell in love with America -- especially the American audience -- when he brought his band Bigmouth to the States in 1993. It was only a two-week tour but the positive response to his band made Hicken itchy to return. He got his chance when Bigmouth was offered a support slot on UB40's tour of the States, a support slot of which UB40 was unaware. Nobody ever figured out if it was the promoter or tour managers who were at fault, but after the "we're here"s and "who are you?"s were over with, UB40 let Bigmouth play a show and were impressed enough to take the band with them for the next six dates. The shows ...
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