I Heart Kenny Wayne Shepherd

I don’t know how I overlooked this Louisiana born self-taught guitarist, but I only discovered his music about a year ago. I’ve since loaded more of his tracks on my MP3 player than any other artist. And you won’t catch me skipping through them either; each soulful tune is as good as the next.

You’ll no doubt recognize the Stevie Ray Vaughn influence in Kenny’s music, but he adds his own enthusiasm to every chord. He’s so comfortable with the guitar…… it’s as if it’s just another extremity. His passion for the genre is unmistakable.

And his sound is somehow all the more impressive when you learn that not only has he never had a formal guitar lesson in his life, but he also can’t read music.

I was fortunate enough to see the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band in concert in July. If anyone could ever inspire you to want to pick up a guitar, it’s him.

His first album Ledbetter Heights was released when he was just 18.

And if you like what you hear, you’ll want to try Trouble Is…
next. Pay special attention to “Blue on Black.” It’ll make your ears happy.

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