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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, LA. 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. Ledbetter Heights was an immediate hit, selling over 500,000 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 is 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 smack dab in the middle of the Texas triangle. 1998's Trouble Is... earned a Grammy nomination; Live On followed a year later. In 2004 The Place You're In was released on Reprise Records, the first album that featured 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. Live! In Chicago followed in 2010. ~ Steve Huey & Richard Skelly, Rovi
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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
sherylnus
Just saw him Sat night in Mt. Clemens, MI. That place rocked!
jim9489
I love KWS..... I have seen him several times. He is one of the best.
Ledbetter Heights is one of my favorites.
Saw him for free in St. Louis at union station with about 200 people right after his first album
Noah Hunt's voice rocks!
shadowman311 6
Love the groove. he was big before he was out of his teens .amazing gift he possesses, soul and such a feeling ...listen to the lead..wow
Saw him open for Bob Dylan in Shreveport back in '96 . . . he went to jr. high with one of my kids and was probably only 18 or so then . . . had the talent then, and is even better now.........
A guitarist who is headed up.
Great future as a Bluesman tons of skill.
halfwatt20
First heard this guy on Mark and Brian radio back in the 90's. Haven't stopped listening since.
kvons1
Great artist, but nothing from him lately
This man's guitar is part of his soul! Just nothing but awesome...
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