Monday, April 28, 2008
Buddy Flett benefit headlined by Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Strand Theater, Shreveport
Not having seen all the acts, I can only report that Jerry Beach, ubercool singer and bandleader, slew the dragon with his sultry approach to the blues. The platonic player of pentatonics under my purview was, however, Jason Coffield. Whether picking fills or building a slide solo, Coffield was the evening's master of style and taste.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd demonstrated again that he's a savvy entertainer. He has his own sense of how to serve sonic fried chicken and black-eyed peas. His stuff, like that of Hendrix and Vaughn, comes from the church and the juke joint. Have mercy.
While it was a well-attended Benefit for Buddy - and his rehab is going reasonably well - there's nothing wrong with helping a bit more. Bruce Flett says, "Thanks to everyone who has sent cards and contribution$. Buddy's expenses are mounting. Checks payable to Buddy Flett, mailed to P O Box 4641, Shreveport, LA 71134 are much appreciated."
Photos of some of the action at the Strand have been posted at ShreveportFaces.