Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne has received many accolades over the course of his six-decade musical career, and this year brings a particularly honourable distinction. In recognition of Wayne’s outstanding contributions to the blues genre, the Jus’ Blues Music Foundation has selected him for the Jus’ Blues Bobby “Blue” Bland Lifetime Achievement Award.
For more than 25 years, the Atlanta-based Jus' Blues Music Foundation has worked tirelessly to nurture the cultural heritage of the Blues through arts education programs, philanthropic efforts, and special events designed to protect the legacy and originators of the Blues.
Wayne will be presented with the award, named for the legendary American blues singer Bobby “Blue” Bland, at both a VIP Honoree Reception on August 2nd and at the Jus' Blues Music Awards "Night of the Living Legends" on August 3rd held at the Bluesville Music Hall in Tunica, Mississippi.
“Life is a mystery and full of surprises and this Lifetime Achievement Award is surely a surprise,” said Wayne. “I am very honoured to be receiving it.”
A monster piano player, imaginative songwriter and soulful singer in the style of Fats Domino, Johnnie Johnson and Ray Charles backed by a very tight band, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne is a member of the Boogie-Woogie Piano Hall of Fame, and has received two consecutive Living Blues Magazine Awards and a JUNO Award, and is a multiple Maple Blues Award winner – and the best dressed Bluesman in Canada. Now 78, Wayne’s six-decade musical career began with him soaking up the sounds of gospel music from his father, a preacher. From there, his genre journey traversed through jazz, Latin, R&B, and soul, with explorations in swing, bebop, dance, and the standards for good measure. His Blues From Chicago to Paris: A Tribute to Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon remained on the Roots Music Report’s Canadian Chart for 37 consecutive weeks, too.