A driving guitar riff, powered by a steadily pulsing rhythm section over which Noah Hunt sings until we reach a patented Shepherd barn-burner solo. This documents Shepherd as he travels the country to with and interview the last of the authentic blues musicians. Blues is the foundation, but it runs deep. So everything comes full circle, and it seemed like a natural place to do it. My objective here was to put across great tunes and great stories. For as long as that place exists, I want to record there.
Shepherd's last release, 2014's Goin' Home Concord Records , debuted at 25 on Billboard's Top 200 chart and spent several weeks at 1 on the Billboard Blues chart. The gifted guitarist first came to prominence as a teenage musical prodigy. From 1995 on, Shepherd took seven into the Top 10, and holds the record for the longest-running album on the Billboard Blues Charts with. The couple has five children: three daughters and two sons. I put myself in situations where I had to react differently, and that made the whole thing pretty exciting. Grammy nominations, awards by the bucketload, multi-platinum album sales, and Fender nut, Shepherd happens to be one of the most respected guitar slingers around today. How about in years to come, some young blues guitarist from a future generation is the new Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
But the other genre flavors put that root in a new context. Although never abandons the blues, either as a color or a sensibility, he expands his palette considerably on this 2017 album, opening himself up to soul, country, and hard rock. They bring out the best in him, and here Shepherd sounds as fresh and heartfelt as he has in decades. Lay It On Down 5. He subsequently made demo tapes, and a video was shot at Shepherd's first performance at the Arts Festival in Shreveport.
In 2000, Shepherd played guitar on the end title theme for the animated feature. Shepherd takes the mike for several songs on the album. Shepherd has been nominated for five , and has received two , two , and two Orville H. It was this video performance that impressed chief enough to sign Shepherd to a multiple album record deal. In fact I compare these two with another Stratocaster player named Robin Trower and his blue-eyed soul vocalist, the late Jimmy Dewar.
Nothing is off limits here. Lay it on Down is a straight forward blues and rock album. There are no surprises for long time fans. Likewise, where Shepherd is joined by Hunt, the choruses soar beautifully. That's where I explored my love and passion for this music. With one of the finest bands around by his side, Kenny Wayne Shepherd has produced an album of staggering depth and range. This variety, when melded with such tasteful execution, turns into not only one of 's richest records but one of his best.
How Low Can You Go 9. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band shoots wide on its upcoming eighth album Lay It On Down -- by design. Growing up, Shepherd's father Ken Shepherd was a local radio personality and some-time concert promoter, and had a vast collection of music. One of a few with obvious Nashville where it was recorded influences, if anyone bought singles anymore this would be a million seller. It says much for the stellar quality of this album, however, that it soon finds itself eclipsed. This one is like a throw-back to soul music from the heart of the 70s with an updated sound. Shepherd burns bright and hot as he demonstrates his guitar-slinger chops, borrowing from the lexicons of country, blues and rock.
On both songs, bassist, Kevin McCormick and keyboardist, Jimmy McGorman, are unquestionably locked into everything that goes on around them. Now we are looking forward to bringing this new music to the live show to watch it develop even more. So I'm a sucker for a good ballad and wanted to have one on this record. . The lap steel work here only heightens the emotional impact. Coming complete with a brilliant hook, as openings go, it is right up there. The song moves along naturally, allowing it to breathe and develop a steady, hip-grinding quality.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd surrounds himself with accomplished musicians for a reason. In 2017, however, a grownup Shepherd has taken his Stevie Ray Vaughan approach and expounded on it. Don't buy into the voices in your head that want to drag you down. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band is currently touring. In September 2008, Fender Musical Instruments Corp. Recorded at Echophone Studios in Shepherd's hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana and produced by Shepherd with Marshall Altman Matt Nathanson, Natasha Bedingfield, Kate Voegele , the album was largely recorded live in the studio to analog tape.