KennyWayneShepherd (born Kenny Wayne Boost ; June 12, 1977) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He has released several studio albums and experienced significant commercial success as a blues artist.
Shepherd stated in a 2011 interview that he began playing guitar in earnest at age seven, about six months after meeting and being “pretty mesmerized” by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Labor Day weekend in 1984, at one of his father's promoted concerts. His self-taught method employed a process of learning one note at a time, playing and rewinding cassette tapes, using “a cheap Yamaha wanna-be Stratocaster ... made out of plywood, basically”, and learning to play by following along with material from his father's record collection.
Blues musician Bryan Lee invited 13 years old Shepherd to play guitar onstage. He subsequently made demo tapes, and a video was shot at Shepherd's first performance at the Red River Revel Arts Festival in Shreveport.
From 1995 on, Shepherd took seven singles into the Top 10, and holds the record for the longest-running album on the Billboard Blues Charts with Trouble Is.... In September 2008, Fender Musical Instruments Corp. released the KennyWayneShepherd Signature Series Stratocaster, designed exclusively by Shepherd.
In 2007, he released a critically acclaimed and two-time Grammy nominated DVD–CD project, 10 Days Out: Blues from the Back roads. This documents Shepherd as he travels the country to jam with and interview the last of the authentic blues musicians.
As they tour the back roads, Shepherd, with members of the Double Trouble Band, play with a host of blues greats including Clarence “Gate mouth” Brown and Bryan Lee, Buddy Fleet (with whom he jams at Lead Belly's grave), B. King, blues harp master Jerry “Boogie” McCain, Cootie Stark, Neal Pittman, John Dee Coleman, Etta Baker, Henry Townsend with Honey boy Edwards, and a concert session with the surviving members of Muddy Waters' and Howling' Wolf's bands, including Hubert Summit, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, and Pine top Perkins.
In 2010, Shepherd was nominated for a Grammy for Live in Chicago, which featured performances with Hubert Summit, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Buddy Fleet, and Bryan Lee. In 2011, Shepherd released his seventh CD, titled How I Go, on Roadrunner Records.
In 2014, he released “Going Home” on Mascot Label Group in Europe and on Concord Records in the US and the rest of the world. Shepherd (right) and Stephen Stills perform as The Rides in Boston, 2013In January 2017, the KennyWayneShepherd Band went into the studio with producer Marshall Altman to record a new album of all newly written songs titled Lay It On Down and released the album on August 4 (July 21 in Europe on Mascot Label Group).
Lay It On Down is the eighth record by the KennyWayneShepherd Band to debut at No. Shepherd made his Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival debut on 16 July 2019.
Shepherd made a trip of ten days in the U.S. to meet and play with his idols: B.B. King, Clarence “Gate mouth” Brown, Hubert Summit, Pine top Perkins, Henry Townsend, Honey boy Edwards, Cootie Stark, Neal Pittman, Etta Baker, Jerry “Boogie” McCain, Buddy Fleet, Bryan Lee, John Dee Coleman, and the Howling' Wolf and Muddy Waters Bands.
Shepherd and Bryan Lee appeared as the musical guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on February 14, 2007. On July 24, 2007, he opened for Lanyard Skyward at the Orange County Fair.
He was the opening act for The Rolling Stones during a stint of their 1999 No Security Tour. Shepherd performed some of his songs including a cover of Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Child at the Dutch Mason Blues Festival in 2007 and 2009.
Shepherd appeared at the Experience Hendrix tribute concert in Mesa Arizona on May 23, 2011. Shepherd opened for BB King in Atlanta's Captain Park Amphitheater on July 4, 1999.
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Kenny Wayne Shepherd checks in to talk about his new live DVD and what he’s been up to at home during the pandemic Over the past 5 years or so, I've seen: Derek Trucks (solo and Allan Bros), Haynes (All mans and Gov't Mule), Robbed Ford, NATO Kanji, Jonny Lang (twice), Henry Garza, David Hilda go, Buddy Guy, all the guys at 2010 Experience Hendrix (Eric Johnson, Ernie Islam, Whit ford, Vie, etc.
), Chris Duarte, Clapton, Santana, Jimmie Vaughan, Andrew, and KWS 3 times. I've to tell ya, the guy that leaves you limp and drained is KWS.
My band opened a show for him locally about a year ago. KWS had just come out of some serious alcohol rehab and his dad had taken over management and there was an air.
We were honored to have the show, respected their requests and had fun. He was the “bringing back the blues” guy before Mayer, Joe B or Derek.
He has a singer in his band (Noah Hunt) who is wonderful, if you can get beyond the cheesy stage act. But other great well known (famous) guitar players don't sing either (Beck, Page for example). I've found that almost anything on YouTube is good to look at.
They are great, driving rock/blues songs and the crowds love them, despite my poor attempts to play them. The two things he does (over and above just pouring it on for 2 hours) is mixing major and minor scales in the same phrase very fluently, and his vibrato is superb.