Fireworks

CD Reviews

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band - 'Lay It On Down' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/47/27/29/Kenny-Wayne-Shepherd-Band-Lay-It-On-Down-17-1514581590.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     December 29, 2017    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
4408   0   1   0   0   0

Title

Genre

A collection of tunes that are bereft of fluff and affluent with exquisiteness – a fancy way of saying all killer, no filler.

Too many guitarists fail to recognise the bigger musical picture. Sure, they can shred along to a metronome at a million miles an hour and dazzle with ridiculously overdeveloped skill-sets, but bothering to write a great tune never crosses their misguided minds. This is one reason why Blues Rocker Kenny Wayne Shepherd is a multi-million selling, highly respected artist while those aforementioned bores remain deservedly unknown.

The Louisiana native's scorching six-string sorcery may be his calling card, but he's always expressed it within the kind of emotionally vibrant and well-crafted songs that offer infinitely more satisfaction than you'll ever get listening to technically indulgent show-boaters. That said, when he began working on this release, Shepherd was determined to push himself even further as a song-writer. The end result is a superlative album that ranks as his most consistent and stylistically varied to date.

In contrast to 2014's traditional Blues covers effort 'Goin' Home', 'Lay It On Down' is a modern sounding peach that's packed full of mouth-watering melodies, tantalising instrumental flair and some delectable fresh flavours. 'Diamonds And Gold' mixes vintage styled Muscle Shoals Horns with contemporary Rhythm & Blues grooves and funky streetwise vocals, whereas 'Nothing But The Night' possesses AOR atmospherics, a wonderfully infectious chorus and vivid imagery about spending a carefree sundown out on the town. 'Hard Lesson Learned', meanwhile, offers heartfelt Country balladry and 'Louisiana Rain' is a reflective slice of Americana.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


Old-school fans needn't worry because, in spite of those sharp new moves, the likes of 'Baby Got Gone', 'She's $$$' and 'How Low Can You Go' deliver plenty of Bluesy Rock 'n' Roll brilliance, while 'Down For Love' finds him channelling Stevie Ray Vaughan and cutting loose with a solo that's so flammable you can almost hear people rushing to grab the nearest fire extinguisher.

If 'Lay It On Down' was released when albums were pillaged for as many hit singles as possible, every one of these gems would sound perfect on the airwaves due to imperiously sculpted hooks that are rendered magical by Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Noah Hunt. They may split lead vocal duties roughly down the middle these days, but their harmonies are sublime and further elevate a collection of tunes that are bereft of fluff and affluent with exquisiteness – a fancy way of saying all killer, no filler.

Simon Ramsay

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  August 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
       1  2
  3  4  5  6  7  8  9
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 month, 2 weeks ago
  • Rocktopia Te : @kbm1983: Currently, all orders have to be be processed manually. This could take a few hours. Sorry for the delay, you shoulkd have received a mail containing download instructions by now. @ all: Pls. do not worry in case you see a PayPal transaction error message. Your order was received, pls. do not order the magazine twice. Many thanks for your understanding!
  • kbm1983 : Hi, I bought #91 earlier today but its still not in my downloads. Can you check it out please. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @ Man Shaped Wolf: You should have received a mail containing download instructions yesterday. Sorry for the delay!
  • Man Shaped W : Hey, same as defron but for 91 :) excited to read our review
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.
  • Berny : @rarock: Glad we were able to sort this out. Thanks for your purchase!
  • rarock : Hi there. I have similar problem with Issue 90, payed by Paypal, but doesnt show in Orders or in Downloads. Thanks for help
  • KI2000 : Thanks Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia!
  • Hysteria : WOW! Thanks to the Fireworks Team for this AMAZING offer. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! \m/ \m/
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the Fireworks Magazine Corona quarantine give - away!
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine
  • tomandpam : I ordered a download of #90 and it's not in my orders and I have the PayPal receipt. Can you help with this? Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Apologies for my late reply. Could you please contact me directly at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • zom414 : Trying to change my password but the security question won't accept my answer, can you help?
  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site