Kenny Wayne Shepherd
BiographyFive-time Grammy-nominated multi-platinum selling blues/rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd has announced the release of his new record Goin’ Home, to be released on 5 May, 2014 through the Mascot Label Group. He will also be doing a fifteen-city European tour, to start on April 30th in London and conclude in Prague on May 18th.
The new album is an exploration into the music of Shepherd’s biggest influences and features guest performances by some of Shepherd’s friends (who also happen to be some of the greatest musicians performing today), including Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes, Keb’ Mo’, Robert Randolph, Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Pastor Brady Blade, Sr. and the Rebirth Brass Band. The album features songs originally recorded by some of Shepherd’s heroes such as B.B. King, Albert King, Bo Diddley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Lee Dorsey and many other icons of the Blues. He reached deep into their catalogs and chose songs that inspired him when he was learning to play the guitar. “The end result is a great recording that I believe pays homage to the spirit of the original music,” says Shepherd, “At the same time, it shows our appreciation for the musicians and genre that have inspired us to make music for decades.”
Shepherd’s band is a veritable who’s who in rock and blues. In addition to longtime vocalist Noah Hunt, the band features drummer Chris Layton, a 2014 inductee into the Musicians Hall of Fame (as a member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble), ex-Firm bassist Tony Franklin and keyboardist Riley Osbourn, whom Shepherd met while Osbourn was playing in Willie Nelson’s band. About his upcoming tour in Europe, Shepherd says, “I am excited to return again to Europe. We are committed to our fans around the world and are looking forward to bringing them our brand of Blues/Rock.”