The Louisiana guitar gunslinger continues his 25-year career journey with his firey new album 'The Traveler'. Two years on from 'Lay It On Down', Kenny Wayne Shepherd has returned with another strong album that combines the fervour of modern blues with the finest songcraft. His band are on-tour now and will be headlining the Outlaw Country Stage at The Ramblin' Man Fair on Saturday 20th July 2019




Recorded with his regular band members, that includes SRV Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton and the wonderful voice of joint frontman for the last twenty years, Noah Hunt, the album swoons, swings, rocks and rolls and is full of Kenny's expressive and dynamic playing, with 'I want you' Kenny's personal pick of the album.


Interviewed by Andy Rawll (live reviews writer for RecordCollectorMag;;;, Kenny talks about the background to the album, his influences and most recent live performances.


Click-in and watch-out for a traveler's tales of voodoo, vintage strats, guerilla trumpets, crossroads, hair-metal, touring and new  music from this Louisiana-born contemporary blues maestro"












VIDEO: Making of 'The Traveler':

VIDEO: 'Woman like you':

VIDEO: 'I want you':

VIDEO: 'Tailwind':


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00:00 - Start

00:40 - Touring in England. Experience of Ramblin' Man Fair

01:35 - Evolution from 'Lay it on down' to 'The traveler'. Slightly harder rocking

03:03 - 'I want you' is a great example of what Modern Blues sounds like

03:50 - Recorded live in the studio with horn section added later

04:25 - Development in the richness of Kenny's voice

06:04 - 'Tailwind' has a country edge. Kenny discusses country influences and mixing genres

08:50 - Playing Montreux Jazz festival and most recently North Sea Jazz festival, which embrace broad genres

10:26 -'Blue on Black' recorded by Five Finger Death Punch with guest guitarists, including Brian May and Brantley Gilbert

12:00 - Early gigs with his father (who was a local DJ in Louisiana), including all types of music, even hair metal bands like: Poison, Warrant, White Lion. Seeing SRV at 7 was a turning point)

13:44 - What's in a name ? How Kenny Wayne become Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Rather than picking a blues nickname, he added his mother's maiden name

15:54 - Guitar influences. Albert King, SRV, Hendrix. Play with passion and intensity

17:32 - Responsibility to carry the torch for the blues as the original elder statesmen are passing.

19:00 - Collaborations, including new material with 'The Rides'

19:57 - 'Talk to me baby' (Elmore James cover on 1st Rides album) is in current set

21:25 - The story of Kenny's 1961 Stratocaster and LA Guitar Center

23:00 - Latest Fender signature guitars. A new model coming next year as well as the custom shop 'Crossroads' guitar (highway 41 and 67)

24:25 - Other guitarists he'd like to play with ? He prefers to wait and see what happens. His participation with the Experience Hendrix tour series from its inception up until lasy year.

26:15 - Voodoo Chile has always been his go-to Hendrix song and traditionally closes every show. He has also played other less obvious Hendrix songs in the past including: I don't live today; Them changes; Come on. As well as the alternative slow bluesy version of Voodoo Child (or is it Chile ?)

27:28 - Recap of current set-list and 'enthusiastic guitar playing and musicians giving 150%'. Doesn't encourage people to bring their own instruments and play along in the crowd

29:20 - Conclusion. Back in the UK in November for five dates, include Shepherds Bush Empire.

Andy Rawll