“Ever since back in the 90s, when Fender started doing the Signature series, that was something for the elite musicians. People like and Jeff Beck have signature series guitars. Naturally I was extremely excited and honoured when they asked me if I wanted to help create a Kenny Wayne Shepherd edition Stratocaster. It was a great experience and process. We came up with three different models, the same specification but different appearances. And I play them all the time on stage. You’ll see them when we come to your town.”
Now Kenny is a huge name in his own right, with his own brand of blues-rock. He has sold millions of albums, had seven top 10 singles on the Billboard Charts, been nominated for five Grammy Awards and worked with legends including BB King, The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.
Ringo Starr has been a personal friend for 12 years and Kenny played on a couple of songs on his 2012 album. Ringo has returned the favour and is one of the big names featured on Kenny’s latest album, Goin’ Home.
Kenny will be playing songs from it and his extensive back catalogue at Sheffield’s Plug.
In an exclusive interview - listen to it in full at thestar.co.uk - he said: “If you are a fan or blues music, guitar playing or just good music in general - this is the show for you.
“We’re going to do songs from previous albums, an extensive catalogue, after being in the business for over 20 years - but we are also going to focus a lot of attention on the new record, Goin’ Home.
“It’s a traditional blues album where we go back and record songs by some of my bigest heroes and musical influences. So old and new songs.
The KWS Band is starting their European Tour in ten days on 10/25 in Sheffield. Tickets are available at www.kennywayneshepherd.com #ontour #spreadtheword
Happy Birthday to Stevie Ray Vaughan! Let's take this opportunity to celebrate the life of one of the greatest guitarists the world has ever known. Thank you Stevie for lighting the fire inside me to do what I do. From the first time I met you my life changed.
I hope all of you enjoy this photo of me, SRV and my dad from back in the day. This is from the last time I spent some personal time with SRV back in 1989.
Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years
Two-Hour Primetime 40th Anniversary Special Premieres October 3rd on PBS
Star-Studded Broadcast Features Jeff Bridges, Sheryl Crow, MatthewMcConaughey, Willie Nelson, Foo Fighters, Bonnie Raitt, Alabama Shakes, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Guy, Lyle Lovett, Gary Clark Jr., Kenny Wayne Shepherd & many more
The landmark PBS series Austin City Limits (ACL) highlights four decades as a music institution with Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years, a primetime special honoring the program's milestone 40th anniversary, airing Friday, October 3rd, 9-11pm ET on PBS Arts Fall Festival. With guest hosts Jeff Bridges,Sheryl Crow and Matthew McConaughey, the two-hour broadcast features memorable moments from the trailblazing show's remarkable run, while the brightest stars in the series' history return to the ACL stage for dream duets and choice collaborations. Ready to write the next chapter in its storied history,