“I wanted to make an album of great American roots music, and the end result is something that I’m really pleased with.” Kenny Wayne Shepherd says of the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band’s hard-hitting new release Lay It On Down. “I wanted to play to our strengths, but I also wanted to make an album full of music that people haven’t heard from us before. I’m pulling from a lot of different periods and genres on this one. I wanted to strike a balance between the heavy emotional stuff and the stuff that will put a smile on your face. A new album should feel new and refreshing, and this one definitely feels that way to me.”
More than two decades into a recording career that began when he was 16, Kenny Wayne Shepherd has built a powerful reputation as a visionary recording artist, a riveting live performer and one of the most talented and distinctive guitarists of his generation. He’s also earned his stature as one of the contemporary blues world's leading lights, standing at the forefront of a widespread revival of interest in the blues.Read More Buy On Amazon
If you have this in your music library, you have yourself a real collectors item as there were less than 3,000 pressed up on vinyl and 1500 on CD worldwide!
Produced by Shepherd and recorded live at the State Theater in New Brunswick, New Jersey, A Little Something From The Road, Vol. 1 features Kenny and his band: singer Noah Hunt, drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chris Layton of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, former Firm bassist Tony Franklin and keyboardist Riley Osbourn.
These recordings were culled from the extensive 2014 tour following the release of Goin’ Home, which had Shepherd revisiting vintage blues classics that first ignited his love of the blues and inspired him to play guitar. Shepherd's sharp interpretive skills and sublime guitar work shine on his renditions of tunes originally popularized by such blues icons as Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bo Diddley and B.B. King.
Observed each year on the third Saturday of April, Record Store Day celebrates the culture of the independently owned record store and brings together fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores across the world and therefore is NOT available digitally.Read More Buy On Amazon
In a 20-year recording career that began when he was just 16, Shepherd has established himself as an immensely popular recording artist, a consistently in-demand live act and an influential force in a worldwide resurgence of interest in the blues. Now, the five-time GRAMMY® nominee delivers one of his most personal projects to date with Goin' Home, his eighth album and his first to be recorded in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana.
Recorded in a mere 11 days, Goin' Home finds Shepherd revisiting a dozen of the vintage blues classics that first ignited his love of the blues and inspired him to play guitar. The artist's sharp interpretive skills and sublime guitar work shine on his renditions of tunes originally popularized by such blues icons as B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Magic Sam, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells.
And for these recordings, Shepherd assembled a mind-boggling collection of music greats to contribute their many talents including: Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes, Keb' Mo', Robert Randolph, Fabulous Thunderbirds front man Kim Wilson, the Rebirth Brass Band and Pastor Brady Blade, Sr.Read More Buy On Amazon
Kenny Wayne Shepherd's How I Go not only serves as a strong reminder of the chops that caused Guitar World to place him right behind B.B. King and Eric Clapton on their list of blues guitarists, but it's the strongest indication yet of his gifted songwriting talent. The album pairs Kenny's deeply soulful and impassioned takes on classic material like Bessie Smith's "Backwater Blues," Albert King's "Oh, Pretty Woman" and The Beatles "Yer Blues" alongside the strongest writing and co-writing of his career thus far.
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Life came full circle when Shepherd and his band assembled several generations worth of blues legends,at the House Of Blues in Chicago, captured for posterity on Live! In Chicago. The landmark concert was part of a nationwide tour Shepherd put together in support of the award-winning 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads project.Read More Buy On Amazon
The final installment in the series, once again contains four tracks from the DVD/CD 10 Days Out: Blues From the Backroads and also features the bonus track “Shotgun Blues” (Live) by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band recorded in Salina, KS at the concert on the final night of filming. This bonus track is only available online.Read More Buy On Amazon
The third ep in this series, contains four tracks from the DVD/CD 10 Days Out: Blues From the Backroads and also features the bonus track "Dollar Got The Blues" (with Clarence “Gatemouth" Brown) [Live] recorded in New Orleans, LA. This bonus track is only available online.Read More Buy On Amazon
Vol. 2 in the series, released a month later, contains three tracks from the DVD/CD 10 Days Out: Blues From the Backroads and also features the bonus track "Cleveland, Mississippi” (with Buddy Flett) [Live] recorded in Shreveport, LA. These bonus EP’s are only available online.Read More Buy On Amazon
The first in this series contains three tracks from the DVD/CD 10 Days Out: Blues From the Backroads and also features the bonus track “I’m Leavin’ You” (Live) by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band recorded in Salina, KS at the concert on the final night of filming. These bonus EP’s are only available online.Read More Buy On Amazon
In June 2004, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, along with friends Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon (of Double Trouble) and Noah Hunt spent an extraordinary ten days on the road recording and producing a documentary film and live CD. His guests include some of the world’s most renowned blues artists, as well of some of the genre’s lesser know, but rare and towering talents.
These ten days were spent visiting this varied lot of Kenny’s blues predecessors in their hometowns to hear their stories and play their music with them, allowing the viewer to immerse themselves in the environments that produced these essential and historical blues players.
Set in the present, it is built on the strength of the past and it sings clearly to the future. Ten Days Out invites you in to experience a heap of blues, a world of music, a real good trip to the heart of America and of Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Ten Days Out: Blues From The Backroads features performances by B.B. King, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, Henry Townsend, Honeyboy Edwards and so many more. It was nominated for two Grammy awards, won the Blues Music Award and the prestigious Keeping The Blues Alive award and the DVD was certified Platinum by the RIAA.
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The Place You're In, Kenny Wayne Shepherd's fourth studio album, marks a stunning stylistic shift for an artist who almost single-handedly introduced blues-rock to a new audience. One of the most acclaimed guitarists of his generation not only leans more heavily toward rock on this release, but this is Shepherd’s first album prominently featuring his vocals.
Produced by Marti Frederiksen and featuring a guest appearance by Shepherd’s friend, Kid Rock, The Place You’re In was a huge hit at rock radio. “Alive”, the first single, was a top ten hit at rock radio and was followed up with two more charting singles with “Hey, What Do You Say” and the title track “The Place You’re In”.
Shepherd, whose first three albums were certified Platinum and Gold and had earned seven Top 10 Mainstream Rock cuts and three Grammy nominations took lead vocals on all but three songs. Long time vocalist Noah Hunt takes lead vocals on tracks “Believe” and “Burdens”, while Shepherd’s friend Kid Rock makes a guest appearance singing on the raucous “Spank”.Read More Buy On Amazon
Having spent 8 years on the road, Kenny and the band became known for delivering quite the live performances. This digital only EP contains the first LIVE recordings ever released as an answer to the the plea from thousands of fans wanting to take the experience home with them. Furthermore, this is the ONLY place one can find Kenny’s rockin’ version of “Midnight Rider”.Read More Buy On Amazon
Live On, Kenny’s third album, was released in 1999 and was certified Gold by the RIAA in 2000. The album was his third to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart and spawned two more Top Ten Mainstream Rock tracks with “In 2 Deep” and “Was” as well as a Top 15 track with “Last Goodbye”. Live On reunited Kenny with his long time writing partners Mark Selby and Tia Sillers as well as collaborations with Danny Tate and vocalist Noah Hunt. Produced by Jerry Harrison and mixed by Tom Lord Alge the album features guest appearances by long time friends Double Trouble (Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon and Reese Wynans), Dr. John, Warren Haynes, and James Cotton. Live On also garnered Kenny's 2nd Grammy nomination.Read More Buy On Amazon
Trouble Is… Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s much anticipated follow up release to the hugely successful Ledbetter Heights.
Having established himself as one of the most gifted guitarists to arrive in years. Trouble Is… is an astonishingly, powerful follow-up that features the mega-hit “Blue On Black” which was No. 1 on Mainstream Rock Radio Charts for an astonishing 17 consecutive weeks (breaking records for the most consecutive weeks at # 1) and is, to this day, a staple at rock radio around the globe.
Trouble Is… ensured the press and public alike that Kenny was an artist with a boundless future ahead of him. A stinging set of electric blues played with passionate conviction, Trouble Is… features four top ten radio hits including, “Slow Ride”, “Somehow, Somewhere, Someway”, “Everything Is Broken” and of course, “Blue On Black”. This was his second record to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Blues Charts and for nearly two years stayed in the top ten. The album also broke into the Billboard Top 200 as well as the Hot 100.
The album was produced by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Harrison and was the beginning of a long-term collaboration between Harrison and Shepherd. Trouble Is… also features musical guests on the record including Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon and Reese Wynans of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble as well as James Cotton (of both Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf’s bands).
Trouble Is… was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1998 and Platinum in 1999 and also garnered Kenny’s first Grammy nomination. Additionally, Kenny received two Billboard Music Awards as well as an Orville H. Gibson Award among other accolades.
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This is where it all began… Hard to believe, but we are on the cusp of celebrating 20 years of making records! Ledbetter Heights, the debut album by Louisiana native Kenny Wayne Shepherd, was released in September of 1995. At a mere 16 years old, Shepherd signed his record deal with a major label and recorded the album while still in high school. Shepherd named his album after a neighborhood in Shreveport, Louisiana where Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter once lived and performed as an homage to the blues tradition of his hometown.
Ledbetter Heights was an immediate hit, selling over 500,000 copies by early 1996. It was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1996 and later certified Platinum. Most blues records never achieve such a level of commercial success, much less ones released by artists who are still in their teens.
Ledbetter Heights spent 20 weeks topping Billboard's Blues Chart and had three top ten singles at radio with “Deja Voodoo”, “Aberdeen” and “Born With A Broken Heart”. In 1996, Guitar World listed Shepherd at #3 of their Top Blues Guitarists following only B.B. King and Eric Clapton.Read More Buy On Amazon