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Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

The veteran singer-pianist is being honoured by the Jus’ Blues Foundation in August.


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 Foundation has selected him for the Jus’ Blues Bobby “Blue” Bland Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more than 25 years, the Atlanta-based Jus’ Blues 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 reception on Aug. 2 and at the Jus’ Blues Music Awards Night of the Living Legends on Aug. 3 at the Bluesville Music Hall in Tunica, Miss.

“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, 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 charts for 37 consecutive weeks, hitting No. 1.

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne Tour Dates:

Aug. 2 & 3 | Just Blues Foundation, Tunica, Mississippi
Aug. 13 | Nanaimo Blues Festival, Nanaimo, BC
Sept. 9 | Southside Shuffle, Port Credit 4
Sept. 19 | Soulful Cafe w/James Anthony. Brantford, ON
Jan. 24 – Feb. 8 | Mustique Island Blues Festival, St. Vincent
Feb. 26 – March 4 – Infinity Bay West Event, Roatán, Caribbean

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