In 1997, Kenny Wayne Shepherd made the number three spot on Guitar World magazine’s list of the most popular blues artists. Oh yeah, B.B. King came second and some bloke called Eric Clapton was at number one. Considering that Kenny was only 20 at the time the poll was taken it shows just what an impact he’d made on the blues scene at the time.
In 2007, Kenny released his most interesting project to date. 10 Days Out (Blues From The Backroads) was a CD/DVD package documenting his journey around the US to record with veteran blues artists both obscure and well known. When the film was completed six of the blues musicians featured had passed away. So, the film and album are valuable documents of blues history.
In 2008, Kenny was honoured with his own Fender Stratocaster signature series. We like the black one with the go-faster stripes.
Listen: Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Born With A Broken Heart (live with original KWS vocalist Corey Sterling, 1996)