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The scene is 1976. Mountain's drummer Corky Laing get a call from Steve Wax, president of one of the most glorious record labels of that period, Elektra/Asylum. The content of the conversation between the top man of the record label and the drummer and singer/songwriter was about the general musical taste of the masses going through a generational change. Genres like Punk were beginning to surface in the rock landscape and got the full attention not just of the music industry but also of millions of music fans around the globe. Through a more confrontational and rebellious attitude expressed through the music and the lyrics, Punk was sonically taking over an era where Glam and Classic Rock had dominated the charts worldwide.

In a desperate attempt to regain the attention of those fans, which was migrating to more raw musical territories, Wax had asked Laing to form a Super Group in the aim to create a body of work of enormous quality that would win back the love and the affection of those devoted fans, now "distracted" by this new and tempestuous musical Nouvelle Vague.

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There are very few music genres where artists are able to mirror their talent and personality with the music they are playing as well as Blues/Rock does. It might be due to the fact that the two genres constitute a perfect balance between the more calm and introspective side (the Blues) of an artist with a more wild and erratic one (the Rock), both symbolism of the Jekyll and Hyde sides that perhaps not just musicians have inside of them but inside of many of us common mortals too.

Said balance has always worked and still does work perfectly for the very talented guitarist and singer/songwriter from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ryan McGarvey. 

You won't be able to find many 67-years old as talented, lively and charismatic on the face of the earth as California-based Blues/Rock Hero Walter Trout. His life's tapestry has been and still is something of almost a supernatural nature, given the series of life events that the guitarist and singer/songwriter has been through.

Among the many definition that Bluebird Reviews can find on the World Wide Web about the meaning of the word "regeneration", especially when it comes to biology, the one that our website likes the most is "The process of renewal, restoration, and growth that makes genomes, cells, organisms, and ecosystems resilient to natural fluctuations or events that cause disturbance or damage."

It's funny the way the circus of the music business works. In the last decade or so, record labels have been increasingly in financial dismay, with most of them going bankrupt or even vanishing from the face of the earth completely.

On the other end and rather ironically, there has been (and there is still) an  impressive amount of new and promising rising stars, displaying so much natural talent that, for some of them, it proves difficult to be contained in just one record.

Every album constitutes a different and personal journey, in the life and career of every musician. For Louisiana's Blues/Rock Maestro Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the triumph of his latest album released in 2017, Lay It On Down, surely represents one of the most rewarding and successful artistic achievements of a highly successful career span that stretches to more than two decades of music, a career during which Shepherd has won numerous Awards, together with the unanimous appreciation of the music press from all around the world.

Chosen by a panel of music expert from five different countries as the worthy winner of the 2017 Bluebird Reviews Award as Artist Of The Year, Shepherd's new album sees the guitarist reaching a remarkable level of artistic maturity in many ways, not just as a songwriter but also as a singer.

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