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Tin Can Buddha: Shades of Blue


Kentucky Muse gets loud with “Tin Can Buddha: Shades of Blue,” a concert special featuring some of the state’s mainstay blues musicians. Tin Can Buddha members Mitch Ivanoff, Rodney Hatfield, and Lee Carroll are joined by pianists Harry Pickens, Caroline Dahl, and Joe Turley; vocalist Gail Wynters; and other Kentucky performers in a blues piano-themed concert recorded at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in October 2010.

The concert kicks off with the rollicking “Down the Road.” Then, the tempo comes down with Willie Dixon’s classic “Little Red Rooster.” The band plays on, pulling out all the stops on everything from Muddy Waters’ unmistakably naughty “She’s 19 Years Old” to Dahl’s technically stunning rendition of “Tico Tico Medley” and Professor Longhair’s infectious New Orleans classic “Big Chief.”


Off-stage, band members discuss their Kentucky roots, their musical backgrounds, and their history together, including playing in other well-known Kentucky bands like the Metropolitan Blues All-Stars. They also share their thoughts about their on-stage chemistry and the music itself and why it moves them.

The program culminates with the concert’s grand finale, bringing everyone on stage for Big Joe Turner’s “Roll ’Em Pete” and a dueling piano session with the evening’s four featured pianists.