Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne (a.k.a. Kenneth Wayne Spruell) was born in Spokane, Washington raised in San Francisco and is now a Vancouver, Canada based blues pianist/vocalist who is being hailed as a cross between Amos Milburn and Fats Domino. Lots of traditional Blues and Boogie – Woogie with a taste of Kansas City Swing and New Orleans Rhythm best describes Kenny’s music. The “Blues Boss” puts down some of the most compelling blues piano you can hear anywhere. His keyboard and warm vocal style lend themselves to the more urbane, West Coast blues style as pioneered by the smooth Charles Brown, the shouting Big Joe Turner and the good rockin’ Fats Domino.


In addition to his vocal talent, songwriting ability and piano skills, Kenny has energy with a capital “E” and the charisma to make it to the top. North Americans call his style “Traditional Blues” close to the work of Amos Milburn. It’s a genre that’s in very short supply in today’s blues world. Europeans call it “Rockin’ Boogie” and trace it back to Pete Johnson and Fats Domino. Whatever you care to call it, it boils down to the fact that Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne is “one hell of a boogie – woogie man”.

Kenny Wayne’s musical roots are firmly planted in the New Orleans Jazz and Blues tradition, even though he was born up north, he absorbed a lot of music growing up in a household headed by his Louisiana born parents. Kenny acquired a true West Coast feel by spending several years paying his dues in the Blues, Jazz and R&B worlds of Los Angeles and San Francisco where aside from working as a featured headliner he backed artists ranging from Charles Mingus to Jimmy Reed.

Signed to the Electro-Fi label in 2001, Kenny’s Electro-Fi debut “88th & Jump Street” (E-fi 3372) features both an outstanding collection of material and a true All-Star Band comprised of guitar legends Mel Brown and Jeff Healey, plus Chicago Blues premiere rhythm section drummer Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Bassman Bob Stroger .May 2005 will see the release of Kenny’s eagerly anticipated follow up “Let It Loose” (E-fi 3388). As boogie – woogie piano proudly stomps it’s way into the 21st century Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne is both the man to watch and listen to. For info on Kenny’s CD’s visit the CD section of this site. For Bookings, Tour Dates and additional info on Kenny please visit .

“Superb…Kenny Wayne is an act to watch out for” – Blues & Rhythm.


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