Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Show Review: Kenny Wayne Shepherd at Humphrey’s By the Bay

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Blues guitar legend Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his band rocked the sold-out crowd at Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay in San Diego, California.

Shepherd is on tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his Trouble Is album. The album features Kenny’s break out hit “Blue On Black” and is the first of eight straight number one blues albums.

It’s hard to believe Shepherd is a self-taught guitarist when you hear him play. Influenced by the likes of guitar greats like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy, Kenny taught himself guitar at a very young age listening to and imitating his father’s record collection.

Shepherd has gone on to several grammy nominations, has won two Blues Music Awards and two Billboard Music Awards. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band is made up of Noah Hunt, vocalist since the Trouble Is album, Chris Layton former drummer for the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Krown who was the keyboardist for Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and Kevin McCormick who has played bass for legends including Stephen Stills, John Mayall, Melissa Etheridge, Jackson Browne and so many more.

In addition to his band Shepherd brought up young blues phenom and the opener for his tour, Ally Venable, to share the stage with him. He also brought up Shemekia Copeland with whom he co-wrote and recorded the song “Hit ‘em Back.” Also sharing the stage was another up and coming female blues artist, Danielle Nicole. Nicole and Shepherd recorded “Save Me.” Shepherd is definitely a fan and advocate for female blues musicians. The last time I saw him in concert he had Samantha Fish open for him. The crowd was dancing in their seats from the opening song “Woman Like You” to the final song of the encore, a cover of the classic Jimi Hendrix hit, “Voodoo Child.” 

Enjoy our previous coverage here: Show Review: Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Samantha Fish at Humphrey’s San Diego

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