Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne - Can’t Stop Now
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne’s third Electro-Fi release, Can’t Stop Now, features 11 tracks that range from traditional (as in T-Bone Burnett) jazz-tinged blues, two-fisted barrelhouse and boogie, and some tasty funk. “You Cured My Blues” is a traditional ballad lead by some nice guitar work from the late Jeff Healey, and the set’s opening “Boogie Woogie Mama” is classic piano blues. If you appreciate classic blues piano from Marcia Ball or the late Katie Webster, you’ll enjoy this CD from Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne.
“My Sweet Little Peach” is buoyed by Chris Isaak’s drumbeats, and while more than a few blues fans may wince at the rap portion of this song, it mixes several musical styles together from the opening funk to the cut’s closing note. The Washington Blues Society’s own all-star horn section of Scotty Harris, Randy Oxford and Ron Hendee punctuate the lively “Let’s Have Some Fun,” and other guests that support Blues Boss on this CD include Dave “Hurricane” Hoerl of The Twisters (hailing from British Columbia), and Gus Thornton (who played bass on Johnnie Johnson’s last CD, Johnnie Be Eighty. And Still Bad CD).
Kenny Wayne honors
Johnnie Johnson’s memory with a spirited cover of “Tanqueray,”
and “Johnnie J. Was Good,” which features another of
Johnnie’s sidemen, Rich McDonough, on guitar.
Canadian blues fans have honored Kenny with many
well-deserved awards, including a 2006 Juno
(Canada’s Grammy) for Let It Loose (Electro-Fi),
three prestigious Maple Blues Awards for Best Piano
Player, and a dozen nods from Real Blues Magazine,
published in Victoria. Pick up Can’t Stop Now for
some great piano-fueled blues!
Reviewer Eric Steiner is President of the Washington Blues Society in Seattle, Washington. The Society was the recipient of the 2009 Keeping the Blues Alive Award in the blues organization category