Back in the mid-1990’s, Kenny Floyd was still a kid, practically, but he and some college buddies put together a band, Shades Of Grey, that traveled many of the same melodic roads as fellow Columbia and University of South Carolina products Hootie & The Blowfish. Floyd even served as an intern with Hootie’s management company, Fishco, learning the business from the ground up. I, like every other local and regional music critic at the time, took notice of the black singer/white band dynamic and didn’t feel much need to look further.
After a couple albums, however, the band forged its own identity more along the jazzy, soulful style of Edwin McCain before the members started going their separate ways. Floyd has continued to make music, mostly in the Charlotte, North Carolina area both solo and with the Kenny Floyd Band and Ramona Drive, and he made an even bigger change early this year when he relocated to the Virgin Islands.
I’m telling you all that to tell you this: Floyd is coming back to the Carolinas next week for a string of shows in and around his old stomping grounds, including gigs in Anderson, Greenwood, Spartanburg, Elon College, and Charlotte–no Columbia dates yet, however Floyd himself has hinted at a possible informal Shades of Grey reunion show during his time back home, so who knows?
Go to www.kennyfloyd.com for the full scoop and to hear what he’s up to musically these days.