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South African Blues Rock Extraordinaire Kenny Hughes Releases New Single – ‘Run Along’

Produced by and featuring Evert Snyman

Run Along is a tribute to a few of Kenny’s 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 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 my favourite guitarists/songs. Each of these songs had a direct influence on my playing style:

“Powder never was my thing” by Eric Clapton “Cocaine”
“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 feel. 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 quit easy to put together.”

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Run Along Lyrics

I remember when I was young
Looking for a man with an old song
Fell asleep while their shows were on
Found my keys in their own tone

Powder never was my thing
They tried to snap my little wing
Not one of the sultans learned to swing
No I’m not one for slow dancing

So … Run along now
Run along now
Run along now
I’m not one for slow dancing

Ain’t time enough to learn it all
Sometimes we stand before we can crawl
They’ve got a place both big and small
Keep your head up boy proud and tall

This ain’t the place for fear and doubt
When all your wrongs were disavowed
Brace yourself it might get loud
Don’t you know your time is running out

So … Run along now
Run along now
Run along now
I’m not on for slow dancing

About Kenny Hughes

Kenny Hughes Blues and the open road, where inspiration and the muse may lead his passion … lead him to you … the world is his stage! Kenny Hughes is a travelling Classic Blues Blues musician from South Africa and I wants to perform for you, so do not hesitate to get in contact for a booking hugheskenny381@gmail.com

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