The Gentrification Of A Rock n’ Roll Band - “The Rides”
Stephen Stills, Barry Goldberg & Kenny Wayne Shepard, storied icons of The Golden Age ( 1967 - 1977 ) and youthful virtuoso Kenny Wayne Shepard have spewed the decalogue of traditional “blues” on the recent tour of this cultural touchstone. The tacit sound resonates in the varied venues of their first tour & the impact has left an indelible impact for those aware of the varied icons of this neoteric collaboration. The vast majority of musical carnage of the last few decades is soon forgotten as the minds drift back to the glory days of Buffalo Springfield, CSN, Electric Flag and culminated with the dexterity and presence of Kenny Wayne. The freshly written tunes are a collective pastiche and justifiably so considering the storied past of Stills & Goldberg. A noted song writer, Stills is often overlooked with his precision as a player, somewhat adrift in the pantheons of musical history, trapped between “paradox” and “paradigm”. The vast disparity in age is not germane to their collective efforts and the timbre of what they have accomplished still resonates in the sixteen venues of this abbreviated tour. This is a band that could become the archetypal nexus of both storied past & the distant future. These are the Dionysian warriors of today’s music, a universal symbol that could restore credibility to a genre in dire need of an infusion. When the last couplet is penned within the realm of contemporary popular music, that daunting challenge may easily fall into the parables of Stephen, Barry & Kenny Wayne. These are performances that allow baby boomers to mingle with the aristocracy of their youth and generate hope for a return from the ashes of The Woodstock Nation & “The Blues” as it should have been all these years. The two hour set is a cacophony of structured lyrics, a trait acquired along the way of musical history. When one leaves a performance feeling as if they owe money, the proof remains in the proverbial pudding.
Don Aters - 2013
Don Aters - 2013