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Rollin’ With The Blues Boss

Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne

Stony Plain Music 2014

Review by David Bowling

 

Blues singer and pianist Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne has returned with his eighth album and second for the Stony Plain Label. He has been a road warrior and sideman for over five decades but it was only in 1999 that he was “discovered” and released his first album.

He is one of those connecters between the early blues of the Southern Delta and modern day electric blues. He may have been born in Michigan and lives in California but it was his time in New Orleans that defined his career and style. He is a boogie woogie type of pianist and his gritty vocals match the blues well. Throw in his ability to write a good song and you have an under appreciated bluesman who has plied his craft for the last half-century.

“I Can’t Believe It” has a wonderful soulful quality while “Ogopogo Boogie” is a full out assault. “Out Like A Bullet” is a creative instrumental that features just Wayne and a drummer. Label Mate Eric Bibb joins him on “Two Sides.” Bibb is an African folk singer but the two styles match up well.

Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne’s music is always worth a listen. His brand of blues is about as American as you can get. Rollin’ With The Blues Boss is a solid album and should be appreciated by any aficionado of the blues.

Rating: ***

 

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