Bay City Roller so impressed with Lanarkshire musician he offered to star on new single

A Lanarkshire singer-songwriter has teamed up with a legendary Bay City Roller and a famous Scottish hit producer.

Rollerblade guitarist Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood plays guitar on Kenny Lee Roberts’ new single after being introduced to his music by the hugely influential John McLaughlin, the man behind the huge successes of bands such as Busted and Westlife.

The Bay City Roller quickly became a big fan of Kenny’s work and jumped at the chance to work with him on the single Turn the Music Up after John McLaughlin hinted some of his work to him.

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Kenny said Lanarkshire Live “John was working on a project with Woody at the same time he was producing the first of the tracks for my new album. Woody heard the melody and luckily liked it, so when John suggested working together, he was all for it.

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“It was surreal when he called me and said he had lined up Stuart to play on the track – then met him at the studio to record. When he opened his guitar case and that there was the famous yellow tartan guitar, that’s when I thought ‘this is just crazy’.

“Fortunately, we clicked right away. We had a lot of fun and even talked about doing more together, which is amazing.

Skating legend Stuart Wood with his tartan guitar

Woody, who is currently working on new music for the legendary Bay City Rollers, said: “I loved Kenny’s voice because I couldn’t really place it, he has his own style. In my opinion, he is an absolute natural, a great guy and a great talent.

John McLaughlin felt the two were a perfect match in both music and personality.

He said: “Kenny has something really special and he’s just there for the love of doing it, which I really enjoy.

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“Having worked with everyone from Westlife to Busted to Rod Stewart, I felt that these two together would have something and it worked right away.”

Glasgow hit maker John McLaughlin pictured with Rod Stewart

With one of the biggest names in the music business behind him in John, Kenny is not short of good advice, but he admits meeting him for the first time was “intimidating”.

He added: “Before you meet him face to face, you do the Google search first and I thought, ‘Oh my God, I might be out of my depth here, but I’ll go and see. if I can make my way through this’.

“Everything changed as soon as we met as he is so down to earth, welcoming and laid back that you forget what he has achieved in the business, although I now call him back from time to time.”

Woody, second from right, at the height of the Rollers

The Lanarkshire man had released an album under the name Killing Kenny but there were issues with it so a new name was chosen and he released under-the-radar debut single Sweet Renegade.

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He explained, “The name Killing Kenny was a bit of a South Park and Killing Eve combo, but I’ve been told that any name with a negative word in it can make it harder to air on the radio and can also affect things like YouTube lists and DSP platforms like Spotify and Deezer, so I became Kenny Lee Roberts.

“If someone wants to buy 1000 mugs with Killing Kenny on the side, I’ve stored them in a lock.”

Kenny Lee Roberts with Stuart Wood: Turn The Music Up is available now.

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