Kenny Wayne Shepherd Biography
Kenny Wayne Shepherd was born on June 12, 1977, in Shreveport, Louisiana USA; he began playing guitar at the tender age of seven and raised sitting in with other Blues-Rock performers, eventually formed his own band and was signed to Revolution Records in 1993.
"Ledbetter Heights", his debut album, was released two years later, the record reached the top of The Blues Albums going gold thanks to a series of live appearances and high-profile opening slots for top bands such as The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and Eagles, the album contained three Mainstream Rock charting singles: the top 10 hit "Deja Voodoo", "Born With A Broken Heart" and "Aberdeen".
Around this time Noah Hunt was tapped to be the lead singer for the KWSBand, where his signature vocals became an integral part of the band's success.
In October of 1997 Shepherd issued "Trouble Is...", the album hit #1 on Billboard Magazine's Blues Albums chart and reached the #74 spot on The Billboard Top 200 list, it included the Mainstream Rock chart topper "Blue On Black", two Rock radio top 3 hits: "Slow Ride" and "Somehow, Somewhere, Someway"; plus "Everything Is Broken", a further top 10 entrant.
Another two years passed before he returned with his third effort, "Live On" and also a third consecutive #1 on The Top Blues Albums chart; its first single, "In 2 Deep", climbed into the top 5 of The Mainstream Rock Tracks, "Was" followed into the top 10, "Last Goodbye" reached #14 and helped boost the album up to #52 on The Billboard 200.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd took a five-year hiatus before returning to the studio and in October 2004 resurfaced with a new full-length album, the commercially disappointing Hard-Rock release, "The Place You're In"; the record, which featured a guest appearance by Kid Rock, made a mid-chart appearance on The Billboard 200 peaking only at #101 and spawned two radio singles with "Alive", which reached the #13 spot on Billboard's Mainstream Rock list and the title-track, a minor hit which failed to make it past #30 on the Active Rock chart.
Shepherd's reverence for his musical roots was center-stage on his next record, "Ten Days Out: Blues From The Backroads", a CD+DVD package that featured the guitarslinger and Double Trouble rhythm section of bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton performing with major contemporary blues players as well as lesser-known but historically significant bluesmen. The set, released in January 2007, included the Rock radio single "Tina Marie", recorded in collaboration with Bryan Lee. From this point keyboard player Riley Osbourn was hired full time as a member of the group.
August 2011 saw the release of "How I Go", a new hard-rocking, blues-based and guitar-driven studio album by the widely acclaimed guitar player. Featuring cover songs as well as plenty of original tunes, the album peaked at #52 on The Billboard 200 and the first single "Never Lookin' Back" broke into the top 40 of The Active Rock chart.
Shepherd, Hunt, Layton, Osbourn along with new bass player Tony Franklin, regrouped in 2014 to record a new album, "Goin' Home"; the set's first single is their rendition of Bo Diddley's "You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover".