Rollin' with the Blues Boss

Rollin' with the Blues Boss

by Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne

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Overview

Born in 1944, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne is a prime example of how to merge premier old-time boogie-woogie stride piano with a modern and contemporary blues sound, and when he's at his best, it's hard to imagine that his original songs aren't sturdy old traditional classics. On Rollin' with the Blues Boss, his second album with Stony Plain Records, Wayne does what's he's always done, slinging boogie-woogie piano, early R&B, and some New Orleans stride into a thoroughly modern gumbo that transcends time and labels, all while being thoroughly and firmly the blues. Helped by his warm and soulful voice, which shines with sincerity and humor by turns, he hits all the blues corners once again, beginning with the opening track, "Leavin' in the Morning," a stomping blue shuffle that hits all the standard blues motifs without sounding tired and stale. "Hootenanny Boogie-Woogie" is a fun and just a little tongue-in-cheek dance number. "Baby, It Ain't You" is a slow-burning, soulful blues ballad. Then it's back to full-tilt boogie for the wonderful "Two Sides," while "Keep on Rockin'" is a 1950s-styled R&B stomp, and by the set closer, where Wayne rolls out his nimble and unblemished stride piano style for "Out Like a Bullet," it's obvious he has touched nearly every form of modern blues, making it all one somehow, a testament to his talent both as a songwriter and musician. He doesn't break any new ground here, but then again, why would he need to?

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2014
Label: Stony Plain Music
UPC: 0772532137126
catalogNumber: 321371
Rank: 181888

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne   Primary Artist
Ron Thompson   Banjo
Russell Jackson   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Cecille Larochelle   Background Vocals
Tom Lavin   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Vince Mai   Trumpet
Lindsay Mitchell   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Jerry Cook   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Eric Bibb   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Soloist
Wes Mackey   Rhythm Guitar
Kenny Wayne   Piano,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet,fender rhodes
Sherman Doucette   Harmonica
Diunna Greenleaf   Vocals
Tim Hearsey   Electric Guitar
Christine Best   Background Vocals
Drew Davies   Tenor Saxophone
Sibel Thraser   Background Vocals
Loren Etkin   Drums

Technical Credits

Tom Lavin   Producer
Holger Petersen   Executive Producer
Sinclair Ridley   Vocal Engineer
Glen Scott   Vocal Engineer,Guitar Engineer
Ken Burke   Engineer
Michael Dangelmaier   Illustrations
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne   Producer
Kenneth Wayne Spruell   Composer
Drew Davies   Engineer
Jim Leguilloux   Engineer

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