Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne review…May 29, 2016…

KENNY “BLUES BOSS” WAYNE

JUMPIN’ AND BOPPIN’

STONY PLAIN RECORDS  SPCD 1389

BLUES BOSS SHUFFLE–BANKRUPTED BLUES–JUMPIN’ AND BOPPIN’–BLUES STEW–YOU DON’T KNOW ME–BLACKMAIL BLUES–LOOK OUT! THERE’S A TRAIN COMING–I NEED YOUR LOVIN’–CIAO, CIAO BABY–BACK TO SQUARE ONE–I’M COMIN’ HOME–ROCK, ROCK, LITTLE GIRL–BOOGIE TO GLORYLAND

The ol’ “Blues Boss” himself, Kenny Wayne, is back with another stellar set of jump-blues and boogie that is guaranteed to have you puttin’ on your dancin’ shoes!  Kenny won the 2015 Living Blues Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard), and “Jumpin’ And Boppin” is a fine testimony to his chops.  Kenny’s on keys and vocals, with Duke Robillard and Charlie Jacobson rockin’ the guitars, Russell Jackson on bass, and Joey DiMarco on drums.  There’s also a cool horn section that gives the whole thing a vintage, Louis Jordan vibe.

He kicks off with a piano-and-horn call-and-response instrumental, “Blues Boss Shuffle.”  The title cut has him “playin’ my boogie like a son of a gun,” while a cool tale of a fast-driving woman who miraculously survives a crash is called “Look Out! There’s A Train Coming,” and it fairly bubbles with “Caldonia-like” enthusiasm.  “Back To Square One” chronicles a man seeking that “perfect match” in a lover, and it rides a slow, jazzy, “After Hours” groove.  He sincerely nails the set’s sole cover, a tender read of the country classic, “You Don’t Know Me.”  Kenny lets the boogie woogie roll as the set closes as it began on the instrumental “Boogie To Gloryland.”

We had two favorites, too.  A sweet, stop-time, sixteen-bar story of gettin’ in debt too far and too fast is the ultra-cool “Bankrupted Blues.”  And, “if you don’t know how to rock, you sho’ can’t roll,” is the message of the amped-up “Rock, Rock Little Girl.”

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne is still bringing the boogie with a left hand that’s as lethal as Joe Louis,’ and “Jumpin’ And Boppin” is tailor-made for everybody to do the mess around!   Hoy hoy hoy!  Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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