KENNY WAYNE SHEP­HERD BAND

LAY IT ON DOWN

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Kenny Wayne emerged as a fiery SRV sound-alike, tast­ing chart suc­cess, Grammy nom­i­na­tions and more. Two decades on and the Ste­vie in­flu­ence is harder to de­tect. Lay It On Down is a fine col­lec­tion of songs. The ti­tle track (great acous­tic Clap­ton style so­los), She’s $$$ and Hard Les­son Learned (oo­dles of raunchy Strat), and Louisiana Rain (lovely melodic solo) are more Nashville than Austin. But Kenny’s tasty chops, lovely vi­brato and su­perb con­trol keep it bluesy. Vo­cals, as usual, are han­dled by Noah Hunt who does a great job here. Lay It On Down does nod back to SRV (and Hen­drix), and gives Kenny the chance to re­ally blow. Noth­ing ground­break­ing here, just hon­est, well-played mu­sic from an­other player who’s not only stayed the course, but bloomed.

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