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Showing posts with label Goin' Home. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Goin' Home. Show all posts

Monday, June 8, 2020

OFEH artist: Blind Lemon Pledge - Goin' Home - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Goin' Home, by Blind Lemon Pledge and he gets a great Delta sound going. Opening with I Feel Like Going Home, Pledge is on steel string guitar and slide with his wailing vocal with Peter Grenell on bass, delivering the word. Very original sound for a great opener. On Come Back Baby, another solid entry, Pledge shows a solid blend of his artful acoustic guitar work, some even sounding Mali influenced, and vocal strength on another Delta style track. Very nice. JJ Cale's Crazy Mama is a strong contemporary entry with moderate changes from Cale's original. With the jangle of the resonator on his finger picking and the warmth of the slide, this is a nice remake. Fenton Robinson's Loan Me A Dime gets a new look with more of an understated take than I've heard from the many interpretations. There's no grand electric guitar blow out as with most remakes, but Pledge manages the track nicely delivering a solid entry. Lonnie Johnson's It's Too Late To Cry is another stand out track with a firm, T-Bone Walker like framework under his stylized vocals and a more fluid guitar soloing approach giving it a real cool feel. Hard not to love Robert Johnson's Love In Vain with no frills but solid acoustic guitar riffs and vocals. Very nice. Wrapping the release is spiritual Little Black Train with warm vocal blending and handclaps. A real nice closer for a real cool release. 

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band announce October UK Tour


Five-time Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum-selling blues/rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd has today confirmed that his long awaited new studio album, GOIN’ HOME will be released on Monday 5th May 2014 through the Mascot Label Group.
Shepherd will also embark on a fifteen date whistle-stop tour of Europe in support of the album’s release, including a concert at London’s O2 Academy Islington on Wednesday 30th April and Cheltenham Jazz Festival on Thursday 1st May. For tickets and more info visit www.kennywayneshepherd.net.
GOIN’ HOME follows Kenny’s involvement in the blues-rock supergroup THE RIDES, which features Shepherd alongside Stephen Stills (CSN / CSN&Y / Buffalo Springfield) and Barry Goldberg (Electric Flag). Their 2013 album "Can’t Get Enough" was praised all over the world and appeared in countless "Best Of 2013" polls.

Photo Credit: © Mark Seliger
GOIN’ HOME is an exploration into the music of Shepherd’s biggest influences, and features guest performances by some of his closest friends (who also happen to be some of the greatest musicians performing today), including Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes, Keb’ Mo’, Robert Randolph, Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Pastor Brady Blade, Sr. and the Rebirth Brass Band.
Photo Credit: © Mark Seliger
The album features songs originally recorded by some of Shepherd’s heroes such as B.B. King, Albert King, Bo Diddley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Lee Dorsey and many other icons of the Blues. He reached deep into their catalogues and chose songs that inspired him when he was learning to play the guitar.  "The end result is a great recording that I believe pays homage to the spirit of the original music," says Shepherd, "At the same time, it shows our appreciation for the musicians and genre that have inspired us to make music for decades."
Shepherd’s band is a veritable who’s who in rock and blues. In addition to long-time vocalist Noah Hunt, the band features drummer Chris Layton, a 2014 inductee into the Musicians Hall of Fame as a member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, ex-Firm bassist Tony Franklin and keyboardist Riley Osbourn, whom Shepherd met while Osbourn was playing in Willie Nelson’s band. 
On his upcoming tour in Europe, Shepherd says, "I am excited to return again to Europe. We are committed to our fans around the world and are looking forward to bringing them our brand of Blues/Rock."
Photo Credit: © Mark Seliger
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND announce new album "GOIN' HOME"


 

Five-time Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum-selling blues/rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd has today confirmed that his long awaited new studio album, GOIN’ HOME will be released on Monday 5th May 2014 through the Mascot Label Group.
Shepherd will also embark on a fifteen date whistle-stop tour of Europe in support of the album’s release, including a concert at London’s O2 Academy Islington on Wednesday 30th April. For tickets and more info visit www.kennywayneshepherd.net.

Photo Credit: © Mark Seliger
GOIN’ HOME follows Kenny’s involvement in the blues-rock supergroup THE RIDES, which features Shepherd alongside Stephen Stills (CSN / CSN&Y / Buffalo Springfield) and Barry Goldberg (Electric Flag). Their 2013 album "Can’t Get Enough" was praised all over the world and appeared in countless "Best Of 2013" polls.
GOIN’ HOME is an exploration into the music of Shepherd’s biggest influences, and features guest performances by some of his closest friends (who also happen to be some of the greatest musicians performing today), including Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes, Keb’ Mo’, Robert Randolph, Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Pastor Brady Blade, Sr. and the Rebirth Brass Band.
Photo Credit: © Mark Seliger
The album features songs originally recorded by some of Shepherd’s heroes such as B.B. King, Albert King, Bo Diddley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Lee Dorsey and many other icons of the Blues. He reached deep into their catalogues and chose songs that inspired him when he was learning to play the guitar.  "The end result is a great recording that I believe pays homage to the spirit of the original music," says Shepherd, "At the same time, it shows our appreciation for the musicians and genre that have inspired us to make music for decades."
Shepherd’s band is a veritable who’s who in rock and blues. In addition to long-time vocalist Noah Hunt, the band features drummer Chris Layton, a 2014 inductee into the Musicians Hall of Fame as a member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, ex-Firm bassist Tony Franklin and keyboardist Riley Osbourn, whom Shepherd met while Osbourn was playing in Willie Nelson’s band. 
On his upcoming tour in Europe, Shepherd says, "I am excited to return again to Europe. We are committed to our fans around the world and are looking forward to bringing them our brand of Blues/Rock."
Photo Credit: © Mark Seliger
ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS: