Five times Grammy nominated blues/rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd is about to release his 7th studio album ‘Goin Home’ and as the title suggests the brilliant guitarist is going back to his roots and paying homage to his influences…BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert King to name a few. Ahead of the release on Record Store Day April 18th Kenny with his band are embarking on a European Tour and tonight Glasgow ‘s O2 ABC was the venue of choice and the air was thick with excitement and expectation as people filed in to see a man who surely must be the best strat blues player in the world.
Opening for Shepherd tonight was Ben Poole…an amazing talented young guitarist who gave and brilliant mature account of himself and delivered a skillful great set and won himself a few more fans as the crowd loved him.
From the beginning to the end of an amazing set Shepherd and his band had the place rocking… Shepherd pays homage to his blue/rock influences with blistering covers of Dylan’s ‘Everything is Broken’, ‘Stevie Ray Vaughan – The House Is Rocking’ , ‘Elmore James – Talk To Me Baby” and ‘Hendrix – Voodoo Child’. Kenny is a talent to behold on his own but on this this tour he has a brilliant band whom he constantly praises with Chris Layton on drums, Tony Franklin on bass, the truly talented singer Noah Hunt but particular emphasis to keyboard player Riley Osborne who is simply stunning…
For me this has to be the gig of the year so far and a surprising one at that, I’m no blues expert but I’m definitely a convert now….