Kenny Wayne re­leases new al­bum

The Daily Courier - - ARTS -

Kelowna blues­man Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne has a new al­bum out.

“In­spired by the Blues” was recorded in Ed­mon­ton and pro­duced by Wayne him­self.

It fea­tures 11 orig­i­nal songs, plus a live bonus track of “Ge­or­gia on My Mind” recorded in Mex­ico.

The Boo­gie Woo­gie Hall of Famer’s tenth re­lease in­cludes spe­cial guests Billy Branch on har­mon­ica, gui­tarist Duke Ro­bil­lard and B.B. King’s long-time bass player, Rus­sell Jack­son, who’s now a mem­ber of the new B.B. King Blues Band.

“I have al­ways said that each time I record a new al­bum this one is my best, and each time I’ve been right; how­ever, I should’ve said that each time it gets bet­ter,” Wayne said. “This record­ing is truly bet­ter and with the help of my ace band mem­bers and guest artists, it sur­passes my pre­vi­ous record­ings.

“I wanted to pay trib­ute to two of my favourite mu­si­cal le­gends that have both passed on: Ray Charles and Fats Domino. I also wanted to bring back that clas­sic style of blues that has been missed for years.

“I love that jump blues and boo­gie-woo­gie. That’s where my heart is at. I’m just try­ing to keep that style alive. That’s clas­sic stuff. And I’m at that clas­sic age, so it all works out.”

“In­spired by the Blues” is Wayne’s fourth al­bum for Stony Plain Records. His 2011 first al­bum for the la­bel, “An Old Rock On a Roll,” gar­nered him a nom­i­na­tion for the Pine­top Perkins Pi­ano Award from the Blues Foun­da­tion, as well as be­ing awarded two 2012 Liv­ing Blues mag­a­zine awards — for Best New Con­tem­po­rary Blues Record­ing of 2011 and one for Wayne as Most Out­stand­ing Mu­si­cian (key­board).”

Wayne, 74, was born in Spokane, raised in Los An­ge­les, San Fran­cisco and New Or­leans, but has been a long-time res­i­dent of B.C.He set­tled in Van­cou­ver some 30 years ago, and is now based in Kelowna.

He tours all over the world, but can be seen reg­u­larly in the Thurs­day School of Blues jam ses­sions at the Ro­tary Cen­tre for the Arts. The next ses­sions are Oct. 25, Nov. 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 7 p.m.

Kenny Wayne

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