Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group artist: Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Dirt On My Diamonds Vol. 1 - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Dirt On My Diamonds Vol. 1, from Kenny Wayne Shepherd and it's a solid blues rocker with plenty of radio potential. Opening with title track, Dirt On My Diamonds, Kenny Wayne Shepherd is back with his excellent vocals, tuneful melodies showing excellent swagger. With full horn/synthesized backing, Shepherd pours on his blistering guitar solos but just enough to wet your appetite. Funky, Best of Times, had a real nice bass line that plays against a horn line and Shepherd carries the melody vocally. With his guitar pumped through a wah pedal it really ties the funky rhythm with his bluesy attitude. Another pop track with its funky salting is Man on a Mission featuring Shepherd on vocal and keyboard backing complimenting Shepherd's rhythm guitar and drums. There's no lack of talent by KWS on guitar as he plays free flowing solos reminiscent of traditional southern rock. Wrapping the release is Ease My Mind with it's bluesy ballad format. Shepherd sings a few bars of melody, followed by some of the best blues riffs on the release, complimented by organ and drums. Shepherd really does rip it up pretty good on this one making it a strong closer. 

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