A Wayward Word's Worth

October 11, 2010

Blues Beheamoth

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 2:50 am

Kenny Wayne Shepherd brings signature southern style to Fredericton’s Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. By Kyle Mullin for New Brunswick’s Telegraph Journal, Sept. 16 2010

With stacks of Muddy Waters albums nearly taller than him and fingers hardly long enough to stretch between frets, a teenaged Kenny Wayne Shepherd practised to become a great guitar architect, mapping out a new blues blueprint.

“I grew up playing along with my dad’s old records,” said Shepherd, who brings his southern blues-rock to a sold-out show at Fredericton’s Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday. “He had tapes and albums all over the place. He was always meeting and interviewing musicians at the (radio) station, and he took me to my first concert to see Muddy Waters. It was an incredible way to connect with him.”

Shepherd’s father helped to further forge that bond by taking his then-13-year-old son to the ultimate blues incubator – Bourbon Street, New Orleans – to see legendary blind guitarist Bryan Lee perform. Shepherd’s first blues breakthrough was on that matchbox stage when Lee, as a favour to the senior Shepherd, invited the youngster up to play a few solos for the crowd.




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