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Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his group exploded on the scene in the mid-'90s and garnered huge amounts of radio airplay on commercial radio, which historically has not been a solid home for blues and blues-rock music, with the exception of Stevie Ray Vaughan in the mid-'80s. Shepherd was born June 12, 1977, in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Shreveport native began playing at age seven, figuring out Muddy Waters licks from his father's record collection (he has never taken a formal lesson). At age 13, he was invited on-stage by New Orleans bluesman Brian Lee and held his own for several hours; thus proving himself, he decided on music as a career. He formed his own band, which featured lead vocalist Corey Sterling, gaining early exposure through club dates and, later, radio conventions.

Shepherd's father/manager used his own contacts and pizzazz in the record business to help land his son a major-label record deal with Irving Azoff's Giant Records. Ledbetter Heights, his first album, was released two years later in 1995 and was an immediate hit, selling over 500,000 copies by early 1996. Most blues records never achieve that level of commercial success, much less ones released by artists who are still in their teens. Although Shepherd -- who has been influenced by (and has sometimes played with) guitarists Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, Slash, Robert Cray, and Duane Allman -- is definitely a performer who thrives in front of an audience, Ledbetter Heights was impressive for its range of styles: acoustic blues, rockin' blues, Texas blues, Louisiana blues. The only style that he doesn't tackle is Chicago blues, owing to Shepherd's home base being smack dab in the middle of the Texas triangle.

Released in 1998, Trouble Is... earned a Grammy nomination and Live On followed a year later. In 2004 The Place You're In was released on Reprise Records, and was the first album to feature Shepherd doing the majority of the lead vocals (singer Noah Hunt handled the lead vocals on the previous two albums). Shepherd's next project saw him traveling in the American South with a documentary film crew and a portable recording studio as he backed up several veteran blues players on their home turf. The resulting album and film, 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads, appeared in 2007 before Live! In Chicago followed in 2010. That November, Shepherd joined Jimmy Fallon's house band on TV for an evening, and performed with the same Fender Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix had played at Woodstock.

Although Shepherd had kept busy in the intervening years, 2011's How I Go was his first studio album proper in a seven-year period. In an attempt to revive the success enjoyed with 1998's Trouble Is..., he once again recruited Noah Hunt on vocals, as well as former Talking Heads keyboard player and guitarist Jerry Harrison, who had produced the sessions for that platinum-selling album. Shepherd followed How I Go with 2014's Goin' Home, a tribute to his musical heroes that featured contributions from artists such as Ringo Starr and Keb' Mo'. ~ Steve Huey & Richard Skelly, Rovi
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Go see the KWSB any chance u get...they'l l knock yer socks off
One of my favorites for sure........ . . . . . I would love to see him live.....mis s e d him twice here in LC, La..both times rained out.
haug65
I don't know what the last guy "jjbluz" was talking about but all I know is I would love to see Kenny take a gig in BIS at the Bell Mehus Auditorium it is the perfect venue for him up here.

Not sure we could do a G3 tour stop but I think we could support KWS Show ! Think about it KWS and have your 'people' work out a deal with Charlie J. He is bringing in a lot more entertainmen t to the Capital City these days!

With all the Oil Action up here in the Bakken Oil fields we got m
jjbluz
Don't read this because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life.Tomorro w will be the best day of your life.However if you don't post this you will die in2 days.Now that you started reading this so don't stop.This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes.When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on your screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
haug65
Thanks to Mr. Brian Lee for giving him the chance he needed to show us All "how it's in him and it's gotta come out" he truly has a gift i'm glad he shared with us all!
haug65
He has a blues pedigree We need to see him succeed for our children to enjoy. I saw him play in Minneapolis about 15 years a Ago on the G3 tour w Stevie Vai and Joe Satriani , I had no idea who he was but everything changed after that. Keep playing that music that penetrates my soul Kenny, long live Stevie Ray Vaughn
One addition, like when Eric Clapton stopped his car and needed to know who was playing a bad a** strat( It was The Legend Stevie Ray Vaughan) ...as soon as I hears this I pulled off the road used a payphone called the radio station. Spent a few $$ on hold to hear the new start prodigy of KWSB....thes e licks are some of his best.... Man has chops and plenty of people hear it
The man has chops. Early KWSB you can really hear SRV.Now he has more of his own sound, and it's tasty. Best blues guitarist IMHO since his idol SRV left us...
one of the best concerts ever been was back in '97(?) when KWS opened up for Skynyrd's anniversary tour w/ Paul Rodgers in Portland, OR
mooovin again.
Takes me away........ . . . . . . . . . i want to mooove...
Been a fan since 1997 when I heard his first album, was totally blown away and began to follow his career in Denver, CO which me and one special girlfriend that was at least his age when I took her to his 1st concert in Denver at Fiddler's Green he was with BB King like in 2003 and we continued to see him and Noah and band like 7 times after that, I might be the mamma age but I love and enjoy my blues, I did meet Kenny Wayne in Telluride,Co Blues Fest way back when early 2003 or 2004 when his bu
That could be the best guitar riff of all time
Good song, hear Willie Dixon in it.rip
kimvee
If you haven't seen him live, you should. He is astounding, and the chemistry with Noah Hunt is some of the best live stuff around.
Just saw a concert on PBS with him playing with Stephen Stills. It wasn't pretty. Not a good career move for KWS.
Great musician!
Saw him in small club in NYC...About 15 yrs ago...Awesom e
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't read this you will die in two days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in the next 143 min. when your done press F6 an your lovers name will pop up on your screen in big letters. Trust me it works.
I saw KWS in Pensacola on a side stage where Ted Nugent was headlining. He was 17 years old and was amazing!! There were probably 25 people at the stage - it was awesome! I have never been that close to him since.
was in Shreveport when he did this first concert live at the red revel
oldnwilling
Saw him back in Detroit with Satriani and Vai in the late 90's. I'll never forget it.
Best music I have heard in years, excellent bluesy Rock Love it !!
def1107
I've been a fan since his hit Blue on Black, this kid rocked back in 80s
Been following Kenny since he hit the scene. U gotta c him in concert-Amaz i n g !
we so need more music like this these days. so much heart in the playing...
seen him in 1997 in milw. awesome concert awesome talent
This is too good, how'd I miss on this guy. sahh;k
The kid can rock the house! If u haven't seen him put it on your list
fordman1.ck
MEET
fordman1.ck
Just keep doing your thing my friend we need to on the road ol hot rod still here
patrickgrayh o r n
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However If you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works!
bajalunagirl 2 0 0 0
I love Kenny Wayne, All us fans need some new songs from the band.
Kenny Wayne,this kid rocks.
Yeah Baby!! Love this band and all these guys!Seen them live 4 times now, looking forward to #5!!!
tferraioli3
Watched him play in NO back in 97. Listening to J. Lang and KWS for years. Some of the best new voices around.
I looooove Noah Hunts voice and I think he and KWS go great together!
That's Noah Hunt on vocals....
daphne448
Love him, but he should always do his own vocals!
emilyhall184 1
Love this song.
KWS holds s very close to SRV. Love his guitar, band * sexy voice. Knows how to jam!
This guy is awesome.... you should see him up close in concert..
Rates with the best if you have not heard Live in Chivago get itit's hot to the touch ............ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . g r e e a t line up!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
he sings the majority of the vocals on The Place Your In..
love his playing but wish he would sing... how bad could it be... there is a key connection lost at least for me
When's da concert in Phoenix?
been listing to him sense is was 6 love his music
denay.steele
saw him for the second time just last night.. AWESOME show! can't wait for new release.
He owns voodoo chile
Saw him Sat night in Biloxi, one of the best concerts I have ever seen
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