Yonder Comes the Blues
The Kenny White Project - Yonder Comes The Blues The long awaited Album from Master Bluesman Kenny White. Superbly relaxed vocals,hot guitar,slide,mandolin and harmonica. KENNY WHITE was born in Melbourne in 1944. He grew up listening to jazz and the popular music of the time. Playing his first instrument, the tea chest bass, he would jam to the jazz on the ABC. He was drawn to and loved folk music, jazz and blues. Kenny was introduced to the blues recordings by Tony Standish, who had met many of the old bluesmen in London where he had been editor and writer for the English Jazz Journal magazine. He imported, sold and fed a steady stream of music for Kenny and others to hear. Kenny was mentored and taught the essentials and intricacies of Afro American folk music (blues, gospel and jazz) by Frank Traynor and "Australia's father of jazz" Ade Monsbourgh, who both looked on him as a son. While playing at Traynor's Jazz and Folk Club, he met his future best friend and musical "soul mate" Graeme Squance. Together they discovered and played (country blues) through to modern Chicago blues; music that was rarely heard in Australia in the 1960's and Kenny developed a great compassion for Afro American people and a love for the haunting sound of the Blues, Together and separately, they defined Blues in Australia at folk clubs and on national and state festivals as well as performing on major concerts. Kenny also gave extensive Blues workshops on the festivals. The Kenny White - Graeme Squance duo had long planned to move to London to further their careers, but Graeme was tragically killed in 1970. Kenny decided to stay in Australia, get married and devote his time to teaching whilst still performing occasionally. Kenny has always been and continues to be a respected reference for his intensive knowledge of ethnomusicology - particularly Afro-American which he has incorporated into his teaching music and mentoring of hundreds of students over the last thirty years. His unique style of playing and singing, whether a hard driving blues with complicated implied percussion, or a lyrical melodic number with haunting creative counter melody is heard on this latest recording and will be warmly remembered by old fans and will create many new ones. The Kenny White Project - Yonder Comes the Blues This is a classic blues album from a well known exponent who has had many years involvement in the music scene. Kenny has been around the Australian Blues scene since the beginning. With Kenny's heritage of being taught by Frank Traynor and Ade Monsborough and partnering Graham Squance you would expect this CD to be one out of the box...... and it is! The CD is made up of Kenny's favorites, played his way. There are sixteen tracks on the CD and all of them are well worth a listen. Kenny has developed a wonderful guitar sound over the years and his ability is displayed to it's full extent on the CD. Kenny's unique Australian voice comes through on all tracks. There wasn't one track I didn't like and the selection is as varied as you would expect from an artist with such a long involvement in the blues. In the words of Dutch Tilders, "I have known Kenny White for four decades and more." "Kenny's album consists of well thought out instrumentation and delightful harmonies on the gospel songs. "Kenny's vocals are superbly relaxed. "I thoroughly enjoyed the album." I couldn't have said it better myself. If you are a fan of the blues then this CD is well worth a place in your collection. John Williams.