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  Let it Loose - Kenny Wayne
      By Shannon

“Let It Loose”Kenny Wayne’s latest CD release is called “Let It Loose”. He is a great pianist and a nice guy to boot. I met him a few years ago when he did a gig at Beale on Broadway and later at BB’s; this guy gets better and better with each recording! Ten of the thirteen tracks on the most recent compilation were written by Wayne himself. I can hear a lot of Johnnie Johnson's inspiration in most of the tracks. Give it a listen and let me know what YOU think! Other discs by this fine artist are as follows:

1995 - "Alive and Loose"
1997 - "Blues Boss Boogie"
1999 - on Joe Louis Walker's "Silvertone Blues" (as featured artist.)
2002 - "88th and Jump Street"
2002 - "Blues Carry Me Home"

Track Listing for “Let It Loose”:

1. Blackberry Wine-a traditional boogie woogie song

2. Joogie to the Boogie-a nice swingy jazz tune

3. Wishing Well-a soulful song about lovesick blues

4. I Never Will Forgive You-more boogie and great guitar licks

5. Blue and Lonesome-All the way blues with nice horns

6. Let Me Go Home Whiskey-jazzy drinkin’ blues song

7. Let It Loose-Great title track with upbeat rockabilly feel

8. Mean Streak-nice acoustic blues with excellent harp

9. Bewildered-nice and slow r&b

10. Be A Man-jump blues boogie shuffle—all that I like!

11. Lies-very soulful tune; reminded me of Robert Cray

12. Don’t Rush To Judge Me-bluesy with Llyod Glenn & Jay McShan influences

13. Blues Carry Me Home-good and funky

I give this disc a 4.25 of 5 rating. It’s not as bluesy as I would prefer, but then again the piano is going non stop in my house!

Learn more about Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne at www.batesmeyer.com

~ Shannon

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