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Ken Whiteley

One World Dance

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[image-4]Published February 07, 2008.
Ken Whiteley
One World Dance
(Borealis Records)
Ken Whiteley’s latest is more of an homage to B.B. King and the Southern blues rasp of Stevie Ray Vaughan than anything original. His version of a “world” sound ends up being too reminiscent of Colin James. If anything, Whiteley’s album mostly serves as inspiration to dig out the old Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Live Alive album for some sweet “Pride and Joy.” Whiteley’s cover of Son House’s “Death Letter Blues” is perfectly acceptable but begs the question, “Why do it?” Whiteley’s a consummate musician but, for a genre that requires authenticity, One World Dance is more about form than emotion.
David Missio

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