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"Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, besides being a monster piano player and all around great guy, is a very imaginative songwriter and soulful singer"

(Duke Robillard)

KENNY BLUE BOSS WAYNE

Chanteur / Compositeur / Harmoniciste reconnu et récompensé a plusieurs reprises, Curtis Salgado chante et joue avec une soul authentique, depuis 1962. Ce vétéran de la musique américaine a toujours su se donner a 100 % pour son public au cours de sa carrière en compagnie des plus grands noms du genre. En 1982, Salgado se lie d’amitié avec Robert Cray et forme ensemble Robert Cray Band. Salgado se trouve alors a partager la scène avec des icônes du Blues tels que Muddy Waters , Bobby Bland et Bonnie Raitt, Willie Dixon, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Albert Collins, Big Walter Horton, and Otis Rush. Curtis part sur la route avec Roomful Of Blues de 1984 à 1986. Dans les années 90, son ami Steve Miller l’invite a ouvrir ses concerts pour une tournée aux US. Une grosse tournée avec Santana s’en suit. Le debut du 21eme siècle ne lui a pas été facile puisqu’il doit se battre contre un cancer du foie et des poumons. Miraculeusement rétabli, Curtis Salgado est prêt a atteindre le plus grand public avec ses débuts chez Alligator Records. Son dernier album « SOUL SHOT » nous montre bien que Curtis est encore et toujours un des plus grands chanteur Soul/ Blues. Vainqueur du Blues Music Award 2010 pour Soul Blues Artiste de l'année , Salgado mêle le Blues, le Funk et R & B sans aucun effort en le servant brut et sincère . Il a été invité a se produire au San Francisco Blues Festival , Chicago Blues Festival , Beale Street Music Festival de Memphis ,Tampa Bay Blues Fest  et le Waterfront BluesFestival parmi bien d’autres a travers le monde.

Born in Spokane but raised in New Orleans, his powerful music recalls the era when piano players like Fats Domino and Amos Milburn and Bill Doggett worked the chitlin’ circuit on the “strolls” in dozens of American cities. As a one-man cheering section for the days when blues and small jazz bands met the roots of rock and roll, Wayne is unapologetic about the music he plays.

 

Wayne has been a traveling musician almost all his life, playing in show bands and cover bands in his youth, seeing the world from Texas to Hawaii and from Peoria to Paris. Rediscovering his own blues roots long ago sent his career into overdrive, thanks to his fresh approach to old music, the drive and roaring good-time attitude of his live performances, and his smartly original self-penned songs.

 

Wayne was already a child prodigy when, at eight, he moved with his family to Los Angeles, and then to San Francisco. Encouraged by his preacher father, the Reverend Matthew Spruell, to play gospel music, the youngster was also secretly introduced to the radically more exciting boogie-woogie by an uncle.

 

By his early teen years, Wayne he was playing dozens of gigs in the early ’60s — including a 1961 appearance at the Alpha Bowling Club with the great Jimmy Reed. It was an infamous gig; everything Kenny’s father feared about the ”devil’s music.”

 

A vicious brawl erupted in the crowded, smoky, alcohol-fueled club, and one man attacked another with a broken bottle, blood spraying everywhere. As Kenny recalls with a chuckle, “My dad grabbed my mom with one hand and ran up to the stage and yanked me off the piano bench and led us through the kitchen and out the back exit … That was pretty well the end of my blues career for over 20 years.”