Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne pays tribute to Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon in his new album Blues From Chicago To Paris - A Tribute to Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon.
“Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon were a team, and their styles worked great together,” says Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne. “Out of many other blues piano players that I’ve listened to, I found a playfulness between these two men unlike the many other great blues pianists.”
Not only is Wayne one of our foremost contemporary blues and boogie pianists, he’s also extraordinarily well-versed on his chosen genre’s proud history. Blues from Chicago to Paris pays rousing tribute to two of Chicago’s postwar blues legends, piano-pounding Memphis Slim, and bass-slapping powerhouse Willie Dixon. Focused in particular on the period when the two giants of the genre teamed up to tour the globe during the late 1950s and early ‘60s, the album presents a well-rounded collection of favorite songs as well as those innovative tunes that have inspired and influenced blues players ever since.
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne was inducted into the Boogie Woogie Piano Hall of Fame in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2017. He is recognized by Living Blues Magazine for his six-decade career of bringing the piano back to the front ranks of contemporary blues. This Juno Award winner, WCMA winner and multiple Maple Blues Award winner is at the forefront of modern day blues piano.
This 17-track collection contains more than 1 hour of music. It will be released on vinyl as well with a download card with all tracks included, later this year.