DVD review KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD ‘Straight to You: Live’

Good music does not need much wrapping to unfold its full brilliance. A musician capable of writing such good music is Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The guitarist is publishing his first concert video these days, recorded on November 25, 2019 in Leverkusen during the Leverkusen Jazztage. The concert was recorded by the iconic Rockpalast Team and the concert is now available for all fans of well done blues rock.

Fans had been asking for a live concert video for a long time, but working on upcoming studio albums was always a hinder for starting such an undertaking. In times when the world slowed down by three gears it was a good moment to start working on such a release and here it is.

‘Straight to You: Live’ is the title of this album, which contains 13 songs. Part of the show in Leverkusen were own songs of the guitarist himself as well as cover versions of e,g, Buffalo Springfield, Jimi Hendrix and Joe Walsh. Each song is a little highlight in itself, held together by Shepherd’s soulful and expressive guitar playing. The horn section, brought to Europe for the first time, completed the ensemble and supports the full-body sound very successful. This album invites for dreaming.

Even though ‘Straight to You: Live’ is a concert video release, it is the music that impresses, performed in a rather sober scenery, which helps to direct the whole attention to 13 excellent Blues/Rock songs. All in all a very thrilling release you shouldn’t miss.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Woman Like You (Live)
  2. Mr. Soul (Live)
  3. Long Time Running (Live)
  4. I Want You (Live)
  5. Diamonds & Gold (Live)
  6. Talk To Me Baby (Live)
  7. Heat Of The Sun (Live)
  8. Down For Love (Live)
  9. Shame, Shame, Shame (Live)
  10. Turn To Stone (Live)
  11. Blue On Black (Live)
  12. I’m A King Bee (Live)
  13. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (Live)

Label: Provogue Records

Genre: Blues Rock

Release Date EU: November 27th, 2020

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