Venue: Orleans Showroom
4500 W. Tropicana Ave.
Las Vegas, NV
Show Dates: February 7, 2015 - February 8, 2015
Show Times: 8pm
Show Length: 90 minutes
Starting at $33.00
Kenny Wayne Shepherd became a blues sensation while still a teen. The self-taught guitarist decided on a career in music after joining New Orleans blues musician Brian Lee onstage when he was just 13 and kept the crowd's attention for hours.
Shepherd later formed a band, featuring Corey Sterling as lead singer, and gained exposure through club dates and radio conventions. His father and manager used his contacts in the record industry to get Shepherd a contract. "Ledbetter Heights" was an instant hit, selling 500,000 records in the first few months of its release in late 1995.
Shepherd's 1998 follow-up "Trouble Is …" earned a Grammy nomination, and 1999's "Live On" is considered by critics to be his strongest album to date.
In 2004, Shepherd showcased his vocals on the Reprise Records release "The Place You're In," which featured a harder side of Shepherd's guitar playing.
He returned to his blues roots in 2007 with "10 Days Out (Blues from the Backroads)." The album traced Shepherd's journey through the South for 10 days, exploring the familiar places he grew up in, while reconnecting with blues legends that still reside there today. The album includes collaborations with some of the genre's traditional blues artists, such as the remaining members of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf blues bands. More than 20 artists were involved in the making of the record.
Film crews also captured Shepherd's trek through the backroads, and a DVD accompanied the CD release.
Most recently, Shepherd has released "Goin' Home," an album recorded in a whirlwind 11-day recording marathon when the band was on a break from touring. "Goin' Home" was recorded in Shepherd's hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana, and showcases the band revisiting blues classics that inspired Shepherd to learn guitar and pursue a music career.