The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
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“I wanted to make an album of great American roots music, and the end result is something that I'm really pleased with." Kenny Wayne Shepherd says of the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band's hard-hitting new release Lay It On Down." I wanted to play to our strengths, but I also wanted to make an album full of music that people haven't heard from us before. I'm pulling from a lot of different periods and genres on this one. I wanted to strike a balance between the heavy emotional stuff and the stuff that will put a smile on your face. A new album should feel new and refreshing, and this one definitely feels that way to me."
More than two decades into a recording career that began when he was 16, Kenny Wayne Shepherd has built a powerful reputation as a visionary recording artist, a riveting live performer and one of the most talented and distinctive guitarists of his generation. He's also earned his stature as one of the contemporary blues worlds leading lights standing at the forefront of a widespread revival of interest in the blues.
Lay It On Down's ten original songs explore some vital new creative territory while embodying the same raw, rootsy musicality that's been a common thread in the nine acclaimed albums that Shepherd's released since he first emerged as a teenaged guitar wunderkin nearly a quarter-century ago. "I wanted to touch on all of the different musical influences that I've had over the years." Shepherd says. "With solid grooves strong lyrics, good stories and a lot of different sonic textures."