Kenny Wayne Shepherd brought his “Trouble Is 25” tour to San Diego recently. Shepherd’s father, Ken Shepherd, introduced him to a very enthusiastic Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay crowd. Humphrey’s is a beautiful outdoor venue overlooking the San Diego harbor. The weather was perfect for a night of hot blues music and Kenny delivered. From the opening note of “Somehow, Somewhere, Someway” to the closing cover of B.B. King’s “You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now” the sold out crowd was on it’s feet, despite it being a seated show. Other songs included the Dylan cover, “Everything is Broken,” “True Lies,” “Heat of the Sun, and probably his biggest hit, “Blue on Black.”
Shepherd showed why he is considered one of the greatest guitar virtuosos of his generation with several guitar solos throughout the evening. His show is high energy and non-stop.
The Kenny Wayne Shepherd band is made up of incredible musicians like New Orleans resident, Joe Krown on keyboards, former Stevie Ray Vaughan drummer, Chris Layton, and lead vocalist, Noah Hunt.
The equally amazing Samantha Fish opened the show. Generally, the opening acts at Humphrey’s don’t have quite the crowd as the headliners. This was not the case this night. Most of the sold-out crowd was there to see Samantha as well. This was made clear when after her set she came out to the merch table and the line to meet her was just as long, maybe longer than the line to buy beer. Local saxophone legend, Karl Denson stepped up to jam with her for a song too.