Featured Artist – Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Written by Lordy McLord on June 23, 2019
Born Kenny Wayne Brobst on June 12, 1977 in Shreveport, Louisiana, this Singer, Songwriter and gifted Guitarist has released 9 Studio albums as well as numerous singles, EP’s and a Live album with his band “The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band”. He is completely self-taught and does not read music!!
A favourite with all the DJ’s on Shangrla Radio, he and his band have featured strongly over the years in both the Mainstream and Naked Blues Radio segments of the station. Much like Joe Bonamassa and a handful of other young blues rock guitarists of this era, he really does blur the line between Rock and Blues to brilliant effect. As his biography on the official website recounts:
There are few artists whose names are synonymous with one instrument and how it’s played in service to an entire genre.
Utter the phrase “young blues rock guitarist” within earshot of anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the modern musical vanguard and the first name they are most likely to respond with will be Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The Louisiana born axeman and songsmith has sold millions of albums while 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.
This latest offering “The Traveler” does not disappoint! It Rocks, it’s Soulful and it’s Bluesy. Every bit as good as, if not better than, his previous offerings. Kenny is one of the true greats at Blues/Rock crossover, which is why he features in both the Naked Blues and Shangrla Mainstream categories as Featured Artist.