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by Chris M. Slawecki
When guitarist Shepherd does a blues tour of the American musical south, he does it right: Ten days with friends Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton (Stevie Ray Vaughan's longtime rhythm section Double Trouble), plus a mobile studio and documentary film crew; starting from the mouth of the Mississippi River in New Orleans, to Shreveport, up to Alabama, up into Carolina then west to Kansas; visiting and performing with guitarists B.B. King, Clarence Gatemouth" Brown and Hubert Sumlin, pianist Pinetop Perkins, ...read more
by Ed Kopp
Whenever I hear another pimply teenager being hyped as a blues guitar god, I am skeptical. Fact is, most kids who shoulder a guitar strap can play a few blues riffs, but it's the rare teen who's capable of complex articulation with his instrument.Not to say that prodigies don’t arise every decade or so. Kenny Wayne Shepherd has been acclaimed by so many blues experts, including the venerable B. B. King, that my expectations were elevated for his ...read more