Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Kenny Wayne SHEPHERD: "Goin' Home"

Rating: RRR
Label: Provogue/Mascot Label Group
Review by Martien Koolen

 Kenny Wayne Shepherd released his new album Goin' Home on 28 April and this new CD is a discovery into the music of his biggest musical influences, like e.g. BB King, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Johnny Guitar Watson. On this album Shepherd's band consists of long time singer Noah Hunt, Chris Layton (drums), Tony Franklin (bass guitar) and Riley Osbourn on keybaords and piano. Furthermore Shepherd is assisted by Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes, Kim Wilson, Robert Randolph and Ringo Starr. So, great musicians and 25 classic blues tracks, what else dfo you need to have a good time? Hence, put the CD into your player, turn up the volume and enjoy blues rock classics in a modern Shepherd version.

Highlights for me are: You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now and Still A Fool, as both are the two longest tracks on the album and Kenny plays his best guitar solos in those two songs! Classic blues tracks like Boogie Man (funky with horns), or Born Under A Bad Sign need no further introduction, altough I prefer Pat Travers's version of Born Under A Bad Sign. The up tempo boogie/woogie like songs such as Palace Of The King, The House Is Rockin', You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover or Looking Back are not my personal favs, but the guitar solos in all those songs are still great to listen to. Goin' Home pays homage to the spirit of the original blues music and shows Kenny Wayne Shepherd's appreciation for the musicians and genre.


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