Home (or adopted) town? Kelowna, B.C. (Originally, New Orleans.)
Population? 200,000 in Kelowna. (New Orleans: 380,000.)
Years in residence? Two years.
Where do you live now? Kelowna, B.C.
Local jobs held? Lifetime musician.
Favourite hangouts? Home studio.
Favourite nature walk? Lake Okanagan.
Favourite sports team? Canucks, Blue Jays, Kelowna Rockets, San Francisco 49ers.
Best swimming hole: Parkinson Recreation Centre.
Best place to get in trouble? Anywhere.
Why do/did you like living there? Or what do you like about this small town compared with the other places you have lived? I love the friendly people and the relaxed atmosphere.What else do you want people to know about this place? Warm summers and mild winters and lots of beautiful people.
//BIO//“There’s no boogie-woogie-blues piano man out there today who pounds the 88s with the conviction of Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne.” – Jeff Johnson, Chicago Sun-Times
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne has been a travelling musician almost all his life, playing in show and cover bands from Texas to Hawaii, from Peoria to Paris. His powerful music recalls the era when piano players like Fats Domino, Amos Milburn and Bill Doggett worked the Chitlin’ Circuit on the “strolls” in dozens of American cities
In his early teens, Kenny was playing dozens of gigs, including a 1961 appearance with the legendary 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-fuelled club, and one man attacked another with a broken bottle, spraying blood 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.”
After moving to Vancouver in the early ’80s, he soon forged a strong reputation on the B.C. and Prairies club scene. His full transformation into Blues Boss (his nickname came from the title of Amos Milburn’s Motown comeback album) occured following a 1994 European tour.
More than 40 years ago, in 1976, James Lawrence pasted together the first edition of Harrowsmith magazine on his kitchen table in rural Ontario. Totally unique, it was the first Canadian magazine to focus on organic living, alternative energy sources, and a country lifestyle. Lawrence’s ode to back-to- the-land virtues quickly attracted legions of fans and soon became Canada’s bible for rural living.