Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne

Blues Boss Boogie

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Blues Boss Boogie Review

by Cub Koda

Don't confuse this Kenny Wayne with the young blonde-haired Stevie Ray Vaughan-abee whose last name is Shepherd. This Kenny Wayne is African-American and bangs out the boogie on the 88 keys in a right fine manner. Up in Canada, Wayne is known as the "Blues Boss" and keeps everything here in a solid boogie-woogie/swing groove with equal nods to straight blues and the beach-music dance craze on the "push cut" "Let's Do the Shag." With solid guest turns from Shuggie Otis, the Twisters, Johnny Ferrereira, and the Clyde Roulette Band, this disc is loaded up with 16 pieces of all-original material with no shopworn covers anywhere in sight. Highlights include "Potential Danger," "Blues Boss Boogie," the soulful "When Your Memory Goes Away," and the rollicking "Pig Feet." A solid, contemporary effort every note of the way.

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