Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne is a natural-born musician and entertainer who is well heeled in tradition, yet makes all of his music sound fun, energetic, and positively refreshing. He’s the complete package: a singer/songwrit- er/blues piano man...and a nice guy.
Born in Spokane, Washington in 1944 and raised in San Francisco and New Orleans, Wayne later served as a session man in Los Angeles during the 1960s and ’70s. His first album under his own name didn’t come until 1998 with Blues Boss Boogie (Real Blues).
His subsequent releases included three CDs on Electro-Fi, and one each on Blues Roots and the French Isabel label, before signing with his current label, Stony Plain, for which he has recorded three albums, the most recent being Jumpin’ and Boppin’. His piano playing has a strong, decidedly retro feel to it at times, and yet several of his compositions have crossover potential from his strong writing, arranging and irresistible hooks.
He has quite a sizable following in Canada where he is based in British Columbia and is a regular performer at clubs and festivals across the continent. Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne was the winner of the 2010 Living Blues magazine piano player of the year award, and he received Juno Award nominations for his recordings in 1997, 1999, and 2003, and he won the 2006 Juno Award for his Electro-Fi release, Let It Loose.