While recording his latest album at Blade Studios in Shreveport, KWS helped host a Grammy P&E Wing event on Thursday September 6th. The Producer's and Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy (the Grammy organization) is opportunity for producers, engineers and artists to gather and play music from their recent projects. The by invitation event was attended by over 35 people, all got to play the group a track and discuss how their recording was made. Kenny played a couple "rough" tracks from his session.
MPI of Nashville brought twelve observers to Blade Studios to attend the first two days of tracking of the new KWSBand album. Our new friends came from all over the U.S. and Canada. They were in the studio with the band watching the entire process. They had a great time, and we enjoyed having them....
KWSBand begins recording their sixth studio album at the new Blade Studios in Shreveport Louisiana. It is the first album Kenny has recorded in his hometown. KWS is producing this record assisted by lifelong friend and world renowned drummer, Brady Blade Jr. Kenny wanted to go back to his roots with this one, asking his first producer, Bill Pfordresher to join him in assisting with production along with Brady. The album will be a collection of songs from Kenny's most significant early influences. The album featuring the KWSBand and special guests is being recorded "live," meaning what you will hear is what took place in the studio. Look for an early 2013 release worldwide.
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Even here in the southernmost state, blues music is a rare yet sacred art form. It's not necessarily dying, but classic hole-in-the-wall joints have been steadily disappearing.
So, how did Louisiana-native Kenny Wayne Shepherd respond when B.B. King told the then-under-30 guitarist that he had "a lot of weight on his shoulders" to keep blues music alive? With the grace of a legend.
"At a young age when I stepped up to play guitar in the spotlight, I did that hoping to make a contribution to the blues," says Shepherd without the slightest hint of hesitation. Does he realize he stands on the shoulders of giants?