Kenny sang acapella, played his nylon string guitar with built-in pickup, and played a Roland RD-300 digital piano and sang. He was accompanied by musicians on 9' Baldwin grand piano, drums, and string bass.
I mixed sound for front of house (the audience) as well as providing 4 monitor mixes for the musicians on stage.
Kenny's clear tenor voice was the vehicle for the ballads he performed all night. I've mixed sound for him many times at IMAC, and he always puts on a good show. On occasion, he has brought other musicians with him, but mostly just one at a time. Usually, he appears alone on stage. It seemed as though the added dimension of having a full band with him enhanced the evening's performance for Kenny and the audience. He received thunderous applause at the conclusion of every number, and got a very long standing ovation after the last number was complete.
Being the total gentleman and consummate professional that he is, he signed autographs and greeted his fans during intermission as well as after the show. His sense of humor on stage added to the total experience of the evening, and made it a fine time for all at this sold out performance.
If you find Kenny Rankin appearing in your neck of the woods, and you enjoy sentimental ballads and good humor, you owe it to yourself to see him in concert.
More info about Kenny Rankin is available from Windham Hill
Some of my favorite Kenny Rankin CD's are:
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