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Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne - Can’t Stop Now Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne - Can’t Stop Now

On this, his sixth album, he's in fine voice and backed by his usual cohorts Russell Jackson, bass; Johnny Ferreira, sax; Dave "Hurricane" Hoerl, harmonica; and Theo Brown, drums plus a combination of up to 7 other fine talents. The album's vibe can be summed up in the title of one of the set's bounciest tracks, "Let's Have Some Fun."

1 – Boogie Woogie Mama – classic boogie blues
2 – You Can Pack Your Suitcase – do it again with a Fats Domino feel
3 – Judge By The Look – influence of “Booker T” in the organ
4 – You Cured My Blues – is there a hint of Ray Charles in this ballad?
5 – My Sweet Little Peach – a little like Billy Preston on the keys in the background
6 – Let’s Have Some Fun – let the good times roll with a cool smooth grove
7 – Ragin’ Storm – storm off in the south - but listen to the words!!!
8 – Don’t Cry – good 4 bar blues the roots of R & B good mojo
9 – Tangueray – left hand piano blues with a great bass running through it
10 – Johnny J Was Good – a tribute to the great St Louis’ Johnnie Johnson
11 – The Party’s Over – classic shuffle beat blues to close it out appropriately.

It’s a combination of boogie-woogie, blues, old-time R&B, and New Orleans funk have made him a major attraction. Wayne's a playful vocalist with a warm, witty style that echoes the work of Ray Charles, Louis Jordan, Fats Domino, Aaron Neville, and Johnny Otis.

Some of you may be familiar with Blues Boss Wayne as he has recorded and played in St. Louis many times. In fact track 9 and 10 were cut in STL at 12 Bar Sound Studio, cut 6 in Redmond, Washington, the others, oddly, were cut in either the Yukon, Ontario, or B.C. in Canada. Finally it was mixed and produced in B.C. and released by Electro-Fi Records in Ontario. Proof of the Blues’ influence is wider than ever. I love it!

Later gator.
Jim “Gator” Kottmeier
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