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Wayne Young, Musician

Wayne Young and the Youngsters

Wayne Young started his music career in the late 1950s with the Carnations, then joined Soul, Inc. for two tours with the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars in the 1960s. That experience had him opening for Bo Diddley, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and the Byrds. In the 1970s and ’80s, Wayne began to hone his blues licks with the Heavyweights and toured extensively with his own group, Midnight Special. He created and performed the popular Slow Hand, an Eric Clapton tribute show, in the ’90s, then reunited with his Soul, Inc. bandmates to put out a CD under the name the Shufflin’ Granddads.

In 1999, Wayne released his first album under his own name. Unfortunately, Charcoal Soul was released amid a dispute over the recording rights to the title track. Undaunted, Wayne has since released a new EP, Young Again. It features Jim Willis and Mike Brody on keyboards, bassist Robert Tomes, and drummer Woody German. The EP, produced by legendary Louisville troubadour Turley Richards, includes four new tunes.

Wayne performs regularly throughout the region with his band the Youngsters.

Program 535

Late Lexington artist Shirley Mason, subject of the best-selling book Sybil; sculptor John Henry, recipient of a 2002 Governor’s Award in the Arts; and the music of Wayne Young and band. (#535)


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