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South African Blues Rocker, Kenny Hughes, Releases New Single 'Run Along'

Run Along is a tribute to a few of Kenny Hughes' favourite guitarists, particularly, guitarists that inspired him to pick up a guitar for the first time. Kenny shares the following insight ...

"The first verse of the song describes my search for the blues. I could recognise a blues tune, as something that I wanted to create. I knew it as the sound I loved, but I never knew about different genres and therefore hadn't been properly introduced to "the blues". "Looking for a man with an old song" is exactly what I mean. Looking for that stereotypical old man, sitting on his New Orleans porch, smoking a Marlboro and playing the blues, telling me what it means to be a blues musician. This is a recurring dream I've had, over and over and I blame the 1988 movie "Crossroads" for this."

The second verse of the new single 'Run Along' is made up, just as the rest of the song's verses, of four lines. These four lines, though, are direct references to four of Kenny's favourite guitarists/songs. Each of these songs had a direct influence on his playing style:

"Powder never was my thing" by Eric Clapton "Cocaine" (J.J. Cale)

"Tried to snap my little wing" by Jimi Hendrix "Little Wing"

"Not one of the sultans learned to swing" by Mark Knopfler "Sultans of Swing

"I'm not one for slow dancing" by John Mayer "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room"

The rest of the song is about a sense of urgency I=he feels "We're all getting older, we're all running out of time. Time waits for no man. Constantly running. If you want to get your stuff done, whatever that may be, you better Run Along. Get it done while you can."

Producer and contributing artist Evert Snyman adds that "With Run Along I followed what Kenny's guitar did. We ended with up with more of sleazy feel with the claps and low piano bits. The main thing I always try to do is make the instrumentation compliment the song. Kenny sang beautifully as always so it was quite easy to put together."


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