Jim P. (Guitarmusiclover11) from BRUCE, WI Reviewed on 3/12/2011...
This third album from Kenny Wayne Shepherd is a stronger offering than either of the first two. His debut disc had some very good blues songs and "Trouble Is" had a few songs that got noticeable air-play.
This disc has better material on it overall.
I agree with an earlier review that touted "Live On" as Kenny Wayne Shepherd's best album yet.
The title track has an almost gospel feel to it.
The blues are represented by the song "Shotgun Blues". And Shepherd can play the blues with the best of them.
"In2Deep" features Kenny Wayne at his best. I'd rank the guitar heroics on this song up there with "Slow Ride" and "Blue On Black".
There aren't any weak songs on this cd.
The vocals are sung by Noah Hunt and I always thought his vocals were a great match for this music.
Lots of excellent guitar and vocals. Blues rock fans should definitely look at this cd first when exploring Kenny Wayne Shepherd's music.
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His Best Yet
jekyllnhyde | NJ | 10/12/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"To hear Kenny Wayne Shepherd's new single, "In 2 Deep", as well as "Them Changes", you might think he had abandoned his blues roots altogether. These are two smoking hard-rock tracks, bordering on metal. But there is plenty of blues on "Live On", his best, most consistent release so far. Of course there are the standard blues shuffles in "Shotgun Blues" and "Losing Kind." "Last Goodbye" is a mid-tempo blues tune reminiscent of the lighter side of the Allman Bros. "Never Mind" and "You Should Know Better" are up-tempo blues with the familiar KWS swagger, and then there's the scorching cover of Peter Green's classic, "Oh Well." Ex-Allman Warren Haynes adds some slide guitar to "Every Time It Rains." The mood mellows considerably toward the end,and this is where "Live On" shines the brightest. The title track is an anthemic blues ballad with a gospel feel. The track features great background vocals by Stephanie Spruil and Pat Hodges. "Where Was I?" is a brisk soft-rock tune punctuated by Shepherd's bluesy soloing. The cd closes with the appropriately titled instrumental, "Electric Lullaby." A new addition to the KWS Band is bassist Keith Christopher, who plays on several albums by the hard-edged country-rock band Shaver. ("Unshaven:Live" is a great 5-star cd worth checking out.) Unfortunately missing from the KWS band is keyboardist Jimmy Wallace, who contributed greatly to the band's first two releases."
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Chris Morris | Tampa Bay, Florida | 04/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you're a fan of guitar music, especially electric guitar, this album is a must-have.Kenny's guitar playing is hautingly similar to Stevie Ray Vaughn's and the vocals are a perfect match for the bluesy sound. The sound is very professional, but not sterile like a lot of studio recordings, it has a very "live" feel.This album features a remake of the Jimi Hedrix tune Changes (named Them Changes on this album) off the Band of Gypsys album. I was skeptical at first, but man it rocks!If you are a fan of the blues you must buy this album!"
More good ol' smokin licks
Chris Morris | 11/13/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Kenny Wayne Shepherd has truly earned his spot in the blues world as a player and songsmith. HOT HOT playing, and slamming riffs make Shepherd shine on this record... let's see more Kenny, but let's move away from Albert King and SRV licks - start melding your own blues.... then you'd have something revolutionary and 5 starred."
Chris Morris | 01/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kenny has demonstrated his use of the "Wah" on his first two albums but in "Live On" he shifts his direction more towards the traditional blues with the "Slide". This album is a great balance of traditional Kenny and tradtional slide and will never get overwhelmed with all the songs sounding the same as with other blues guitarists around his age. Overall, great album!"