Friday, June 17, 2011

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Announces New Record

Kenny Wayne Shepherd  will release a new CD,  How I Goon August 2. The disc not only serves as a strong reminder of the chops that caused Guitar World magazine to place him right behind B.B. King and Eric Clapton on their list of best blues guitarists, but it's the strongest indication yet of his gifted songwriting talent. The first single from the record, "Never Lookin' Back," is impacting at radio stations across America this week.


Still barely in his 30s, the Louisiana born axeman and songsmith has been selling millions of albums, throwing singles into the Top 10, shining a light on the rich blues of the past and forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound he has embodied since his teens. He met Stevie Ray Vaughn at 7, toured the U.S. with B.B. King at 16 and toured Europe with The Eagles at 17. As an adult, he continues to create genre-defining blues-infused rock n' roll.


The name "Kenny Wayne Shepherd" is absolutely synonymous with "young blues guitarist" but that phrase isn't the totality of his person. "Blues player is definitely one of the labels I've accumulated, because I'm a huge blues fan and I love to play the blues," Shepherd says. "But if you listen to my music, especially over the course of my career, everything that I do is not blues. It's the foundation of what I do, but my stuff has a lot more of an edge to it. It's a little more contemporary. And there's a certain youthfulness to what I do. I started writing and recording music when I was a teenager and that energy has been consistent throughout my career."


The hard-rocking, blues-based, guitar-driven How I Go sounds young and fresh. Yet it has that distinctive energy and vibe drawn from the deep heritage of the genre. It shows how Kenny Wayne Shepherd is growing as a songwriter, musician and producer. Which isn't to say he's not proud of his past. "I don't have any regrets, other than maybe a couple of outfits that I wore on stage," he laughs.


The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band starts their extensive touring in support of How I Go on July 29 in San Diego, ending this first leg in Orlando, FL.


The full tour schedule is below:



29                                    San Diego, CA                                    Humphreys

30                                    Las Vegas, NV                                    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

31                                    Los Angeles, CA                                    The Greek Theatre           



2                                    Saratoga, CA                                                The Mountain Winery

7                                    Sturgis, SD                                                Full Throttle Saloon

12                                    Fort Worth, TX                                    Billy Bobs Texas

13                                    Bossier City, LA                                    Horseshoe Casino

18                                    Sedalia, MO                                                Missouri State Fair

19                                    Arnolds Park, IA                                    Amusement Park

20                                    Milwaukee, WI                                    Pabst Theatre

21                                    Rochester Hills, MI                                    Meadowbrook Amphitheatre

25                                    Foxborough, MA                                    Showcase Live

26                                    Hampton Beach, NH                        Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

27                                    Ridgefield, CT                                    Playhouse Theatre

28                                    Atlantic City, NJ                                    Borgata Spa & Resort Casino

30                                    Allentown, PA                                    Crocodile Park



1                                    Salem, OR                                                LB Bay Amphitheatre

3                                    Coachella, CA                                    Spotlight 29 Casino - The Spot

6                                    Annapolis, MD                                    Ramshead

8                                    New York, NY                                    The Fillmore

9                                    Morristown, NJ                                    MayoPAC


More dates to be announced soon.

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