Title - 'Straight To You: Live' (CD+DVD)
Artist - Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
If you are not in the know, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band have just released their first ever live CD/DVD this November 27th, 2020 via Provogue.
Entitled Straight To You: Live, aside from this CD/DVD version it will also be released on CD/Blu-ray, 2LP RED transparent vinyl and digitally.
"The calls have been coming for a long time," explains Shepherd. "People have been asking us to do a live DVD forever, for decades. We've been working so much focusing on studio recordings, but I've been hearing the call from the fans for many years now."
And so with live music at a complete standstill currently, the band wanted to give the fans a taste once again of that experience, and believe me when I say that this blistering set shows them in full force.
Indeed, their only other live output, the Live! In Chicago album was released a decade ago and got itself a Grammy-nomination along the way, but this time around for 2020, you get to watch the band in its full glory as well as listen here on this incredible CD/DVD set.
In the last 10 years the multi-platinum selling Shepherd has gone from strength to strength, winning countless awards, releasing four studio albums and touring the world over several times - from Brazil to Europe, India to Canada and US to Australia and beyond.
The Traveler was released in May last year, giving the band their 8th US Billboard Blues #1 album, when they hit the road. But, sadly, The Traveler World Tour was interrupted when the Covid-19 pandemic broke, and the world came to a standstill.
Straight To You: Live is a show that took place at the famous Leverkusen Jazzstage for the iconic German TV show, Rockpalast on November 25th, 2019.
1. 'Woman Like You'
2. 'Long Time Running'
3. 'I Want You'
4. 'Diamonds & Gold'
6. 'Talk To Me Baby'
7. 'Heat Of The Sun'
8. 'Down For Love'
9. 'Shame, Shame, Shame'
10. 'Turn To Stone'
11. 'Blue On Black'
12. 'I'm A King Bee'
13. 'Voodoo Child (Slight Return)'
This boisterous, and highly energetic live show opens with the foot-tappin' monster, and also their most-recent hit-single 'Woman Like You,' and backs that up with the frenetic, yet magnificently controlled, throaty blues (courtesy of the powerhouse vocals of Noah Hunt) of 'Long Time Running,' the simply magnificent slide blues guitar work found on the blues jam 'I Want You,' and then the upbeat rock bounce of the Shepherd-sung 'Diamonds & Gold' and the honky tonk revelry of the Elmore James cut, 'Talk To Me Baby.'
The seven-piece band then settle in, one and all, to being us the 11-minute opus 'Heat Of The Sun' which is followed by the flat out rocker 'Down For Love,' the slow blues crawl of 'Shame, Shame, Shame,' one of my own personal favorites, the ferocious 'Turn To Stone,' a stunning 'Blue On Black' (from their 1997 second studio album, Trouble Is ...), and then the album rounds out with the perky, percussion-enhanced 'I'm A King Bee,' closing on an immaculate rendition of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's infamous 'Voodoo Child (Slight Return).'
Whether it be the CD/2LP for an audio delight as you motor down the road or listen to at home, or the DVD/Blu-ray for a visual escape, Straight To You: Live is an incredible, powerfully fresh blues/rock romp that touches upon every sensation with your body.
"We were really fired up," Shepherd reveals. "We had expanded the band and brought in the horn section, it was their first time over to Europe with us. So we were glad to have the full ensemble there."
"It's always exciting when we're incorporating a new album into the live performance. Remembering the show, there were several stand out moments."
"The song off the new record 'I Want You', is a really extended version, and every soloist gets an opportunity to really shine, and everybody brought it 150%."
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