Album Details

RELEASE
September 28, 2010
LABEL
Roadrunner Records
GENRES
Blues, Album Rock, Modern Electric Blues, Contemporary Blues, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock

Album Review

First off, Kenny Wayne Shepherd was 33 years old at the release of this album, so he’s not a kid playing hot guitar anymore, he’s a grown man doing it. And he does play a hot lead guitar -- that, in a nutshell, is what he does. But over the years he’s also learned that the blues isn’t just about blazing lead licks, it’s also about letting the song say its say -- and on Live! In Chicago he does that. This is a concert full of songs and not just a bunch of guitar leads broken up by someone singing for a bit. Shepherd is also fully aware of the history of the blues and he honors some of his heroes here by playing with blues legends like Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Bryan Lee and Buddy Flett and he doesn’t step all over them with his guitar playing -- he supports them. The concert grew out of the tour Shepherd put together in support of 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads project, a DVD/CD documentary that featured Shepherd traveling around the country on a ten day trip interviewing and playing with icons from the blues world, including the surviving members of Muddy Waters' and Howlin' Wolf's bands, making this show, recorded at the House of Blues in Chicago, a kind of culmination. It’s all crisp and sharp, full of fine keyboard work by Riley Osbourn and, of course, stinging guitar from Shepherd, but there’s a lot of love and respect here, too. This isn’t just about the blues -- it’s about living to play it. The whole disc is really of a piece, but among the highlights are a jaunty version of B.B. King's "Sell My Monkey," the blues ballad “Deju Voodoo,” and the scorching take on Slim Harpo's “I’m a King Bee” which closes things out. This isn’t a live album from some teenaged savant -- it’s an album from a grown man proud and honored to be playing the blues with some of his heroes. It also rocks.
Steve Leggett, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Somehow, Somewhere, Somewayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-chicago-special-edition/id392588548?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. King's Highwayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-chicago-special-edition/id392588548?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. True Lieshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-chicago-special-edition/id392588548?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Deja Voodoohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-chicago-special-edition/id392588548?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Sell My Monkeyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-chicago-special-edition/id392588548?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Dance for Me Girlhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-chicago-special-edition/id392588548?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Baby, Don't Say That No Morehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-chicago-special-edition/id392588548?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Eye to Eyehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-chicago-special-edition/id392588548?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. How Many More Yearshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-chicago-special-edition/id392588548?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Sick and Tiredhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-chicago-special-edition/id392588548?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Feed Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-chicago-special-edition/id392588548?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Rocking Daddyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-chicago-special-edition/id392588548?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Blue on Blackhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-chicago-special-edition/id392588548?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. I'm a King Beehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-chicago-special-edition/id392588548?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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