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Goin' Home
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2014
Goin' Home is just freaking awesome from start to finish. I was somewhat apprehensive at first because of all the duets/guests that it wouldn't be a true KWS band experience album, but Goin' Home has blown me away. I've been listening to it non stop since it came out and the phenomenal playing by Kenny is just spectacular and I literally found myself getting high listening to it. I love the great variety of awesome killer bluesy strat tones throughout the album. I think KWS did an excellent job mixing up both the tones and flavors of his playing and soloing all through the album.

I've never been a huge fan of Kenny's vocals, not that I don't think he can sing (because he absolutely can) I just prefer Noah's vocals. That being said, I really enjoyed both "House is Rockin" and absolutely LOVED "Boogie Man". The solo in "You Cant Judge A Book" at about 1:30 might me my favorite solo in the album, that tone is just freaking killer!

I also love the seemingly increased use of piano in this album. In my opinion the piano isn't used enough in modern Texas style blues and I love that Kenny included it here on Goin' Home.

Overall, I think this is the best album put out by KWS thus far. Noah is great as always, and I really enjoyed the various guests they brought on for this album. My favorites are Keb Mo and Warren Haynes.

Kenny, you seriously enhance and bring joy to my life with your music. I know that may seem slightly fanatic (lol) but its gods own truth. Your music just has a way of captivating me in the incredible power of the blues.
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29 of 40 people found the following review helpful
At least fifty-per-cent of my non- work life… when I’m not visiting my family is built around… and immersed… in the electric blues. I simply love it! I read about it… study it… listen to it… watch it… talk about it… and pass it on to other generations. Unfortunately… there are just not that many new electric blues performers… and if there is… they’re not being publicized correctly. And… if truth be told… a couple of artists who do perform some blues… who have gotten some followers… and publicity… vehemently… and smugly… try to distance themselves… from being “tagged”… “An electric blues performer”! I won’t dignify them… by putting their names here… but I will paraphrase quotes from two of them… and if you’re into electric blues… you can probably figure out who they are: (One in response to a reporter’s question… “Do you consider yourself an electric blues singer… said”)… “I don’t define what I sing”… another… in response to a similar question… said: “I sing all types of music.”

If you’re wondering why I’m broaching this subject… it’s because it is so freakin’ refreshing… to have a CD release like this… that salutes the beauty… and power… of *TRUE-ELECTRIC-BLUES*… on so many levels!

First and foremost there is the musical performance itself… which is “top drawer”… and I’ll get into that more in a moment… but just as important… there is a magical unsuspected (for an electric blues aficionado like myself)… inclusion of an “album-liner-insert-book”… that is written from the heart of Kenny Wayne Shepherd… “Confessing”… to his lifelong love of electric blues… and the very personal impact… through personal… biographical… anecdotes… that link him to… ALBERT KING (one of my two all-time favorite electric-blues guitarists)… STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN (my other all-time favorite electric-blues guitarist)… BUDDY GUY (in my opinion… the greatest living electric-bluesman)… JUNIOR WELLS… B.B. KING… FREDDIE KING… BO DIDDLEY… MUDDY WATERS… JOHNNY GUITAR WATSON… MAGIC SAM. The short paragraphs shared from Shepherd’s very soul… not only tell why a song(s) was chosen for this labor of electric-blues love… but also how some of these artists… truly impacted KWS’s very life. Two examples that will add to any electric-blues devotee’s treasure chest of knowledge are:

“To say that STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN was a major influence in my life would be an understatement. He undeniably lit the fire inside of me to play the way I do; if it weren’t for SRV, there may have been no KWS.”

“If I could be one person for a day, I would want to be MUDDY WATERS… One of the main reasons I didn’t sing on my albums for years was because I wanted to sound like MUDDY WATERS and couldn’t get beyond the fact that I didn’t.”

Every song on this CD is tremendous… strings bend… keys are tickled… drums are played… electric blues… are sung the way they were meant to be…

I would like to personally thank KWS not only for the music… but even more importantly… I want to thank him from the bottom of my electric-blues-heart… for standing up tall… and shouting to the world… how great the heritage of true-electric-blues… really is… and for sharing the IMPACT… that these great artists had on his life…

And as my all-time idol Jackie Robinson once said… and these very words are carved onto his headstone for all eternity…

*** A LIFE IS NOT IMPORTANT, EXCEPT IN THE IMPACT IT HAS ON OTHER LIVES ***
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2014
I typically don't like "compilation" CD's (or whatever they're called) because the artists often butcher the originals in a way that makes me wish I had just listened to the original instead. This album is different and while sufficiently honoring originals, they add just enough interesting new twists to these songs. Sounds quality is nice (not over-produced). On most CD's I am lucky if I can find 2 songs that make the permanent rotation, but I love almost everything about this one from start to finish.

High points:
Palace of the King - unreal guitar tone and and brass adds to song
Guest appearances are nice (especially Keb Mo and Haynes)
Good variety of styles throughout
Great keyboards (guitar is a given)
Lost a Good Thing extended guitar solo
Still a Fool - guitar solos and that octave tone!
Noah's vocals good throughout

Low points:
Over wah'd solo in Cut You Loose didn't seem to fit the song
Boogie Man (just not my favorite - KWS vocals work better on House is Rockin' IMO)

Best CD I have purchased for at least three years - highly recommended!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2014
Kenny Wayne Shepherd has put together a group of Blues songs from what he considers the masters of Blues. His choice of and his interpretation of those songs is outstanding. His linear notes are also worth reading. This is a extremely well produced CD with an interesting use of guest musicians. This would be an interesting start album for someone interested in discovering the Blues, or an excellent CD for someone that is already a Blues fan.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2014
Kenny Wayne Shepherd has the unique ability to harness the past and envision the future. I'm listening to the album as I write this, and KWS has achieved what many only dream of, he has brought the blues genre to the masses: the way only Stevie Ray did before. After Stevie's death iin 1990, I was not sure that we would ever see his like again. And altho KWS is no Stevie Ray Vaughan, he has managed to drink from the same well and brought his own distinctive style to the blues that has endeared him to blues fans and a whole new generation of music enthusiasts. This album introduces the great blues artists to the uninitiated in a very powerful way. KWS's treatment of classics from Muddy Waters, BB King, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and others make the blues heart in my chest pound with pride.
What is also refreshing: hearing KWS's voice on some of the tracks. He has ventured into that arena before, but there is a new confidence in his delivery these days. Never fear: Noah Hunt's distinctive blues voice is still there...but Kenny Wayne's voice adds a new dimension to his wheelhouse. And, oh yes, he has a fantastic band to back behind him, Noah of course, then add in Tony Franklin (bass, The Firm) Chris Layton (drums, Double Trouble) and the man with the chops on keys: Riley OsbournL.
This album pays respect to all the great bluesmen. KWS attacks the songs with energy, humor and substance. "Goin' Home" belongs in your vehicle: this is truly road trip material -music that jams. It doesn't hurt that KWS signs on some talented friends to help him along: Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes, Ringo Starr, Keb'Mo', Kim Wilson and others...
I have not enjoyed a blues albums like this in a very very long time, and KWS 's travel back to the roots of blues has been one successful trip.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2014
Excellent great collaboration of artists some of his best to date!!Between this album and the one with the band called THE RIDES he is aging like a fine wine! Just keeps getting better! Check it out!

Spanky
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2014
I have been seeing Kenny since he was 16 ! I just love him there is nothing to say except perfection ! Just caught him live again a couple of weeks ago. Buying this CD is just like the title Goin' Home.
Would recommend it to anyone who likes him, I love him an see him with the Rides, The Hendrix experience and my favorite shows are when he is with his band. Many years now. I have actually watched Kenny grow up and I got old on his music. I seen him early 1998 when people didn't know who he was and never stopped following him instantly feel in love with Blue on Black and it is an ageless song. My Amazon music player has every single CD he came out with.
I often reflect when seeing Kenny live do a Hendrix song that Jimi actually enters Kenny as is not only ear candy but a spiritual experience that gives me chills to see him play it live. Being the hugest fan of SRV I can't help but hear his style in Kenny but Kenny is the real deal and has his own definite style, but it is always pleasant and spiritual to hear Stevie and Jimi come through loud and clear through Kenny. Kenny I watched you grow into a seasoned musician and I still love you today as much as I did many years ago in early 1998.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2014
What can I say,K.W.S. Band keeps getting better & better.Saw the band perform Palace of the King before this disc came out and was very impressed.. I will warn you though ,when Kenny really gets into the jamming ,you may want to hide the women & children !. But seriously people ,great disc ,and have not heard anyone say they did not like it. A 5 star rating easily
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2014
I saw Kenny Wayne Shepherd this year on the Hendrix Experience tour, which was a real treat. I didn't realize he was releasing a full album later this year, quite a pleasant surprise when I saw it on Amazon in April...awesome! Like most people who are into blues, I'm very familiar with these songs. Luckily, Kenny and his band have found a way to make these songs refreshing and interesting all over again. "You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover" never sounded so good in my opinion. Throw in some amazing guest spots by Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Kim Wilson (among others) and you have a recipe for the perfect soundtrack to a summer BBQ. Check it out!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2014
Every cut on this disc is a winner. I wish Pride and Joy had been chosen for the tribute to SRV instead of House is Rockin', but that's a minor quibble. If you love the Blues like I do, then Goin' Home is a must-have for your music collection.
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