by Tony Engelhart
Review date: May 2003
"Keeping the Blues Alive Award"|
Achievement for Blues on the Internet
Presented by The Blues Foundation
Hailing from North Mississippi, Kenny Brown has played most of the Delta Blues Festivals and has become a prominent fixture with blues fans in his hometown of Selma Alabama. Over the years he has worked with blues legends R.L. Burnside, Mojo Bufford, Joe Callicott, Missippi Fred McDowell, Junior Kimbrough, and many others.
Kenny's first release, Goin Back To Mississippi in 1997, the group's line-up was Kenny on guitar, Terrence"T-Money" Bishop on bass, J. Farrell Bonds on the drums, and Dale Beavers guitar and vocals. The band now consists of Kenny on guitar and vocals, Cendric Burnside on drums (R.L. Burnsides Grandson), and Takeeshi Imura on bass. For their new recording, Stingray - the bands debut for Fat Possum - Kenny brings in a congregation of local musicians for a more complete sound. While the Kenny Brown has always had affection for late-1960's Rolling Stones, it has never been quite as apparent until now. The songs on this disc would have easily fit on Exile On Main Street as Brown vacillates between simple acoustic blues to hard driving Rock & Roll. In fact, Kenny Brown's voice sound so similar to Jagger's, if you didn't know any better, you would swear these we lost Stones recordings. Despite the comparison, Kenny Brown successfully captures the essence of Delta inspired blues in many places. With a nice balance of electric and acoustic slide work, Stingray is a comprehensive piece of work.
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