Once Kory Clarke and his band entered the stage to blast out tunes from his newest record “Payback’s A Bitch”, the crowd’s response was one of excitement with people throwing their hands in the air following Kory’s lead, dancing along and hanging onto his lips to sing along with him. During one song I even caught two guys in the audience cheering along and throwing big smiles at each other, clearly having a blast.
It must be difficult being so revered in your chosen genre that you are looked at as one of the stalwarts and leaders of many who have come after you. It would seem pleasing long-time fans is an unenviable task. You can create something that falls strongly in-line with previous work and have people complaining about the lack of progression, or you can try and branch out a bit and do something different and have people complaining about not sticking to your roots.