Kenny Wayne Shepherd (né Kenny Wayne Brobst Jr le 12 juin 1977 à Shreveport, Louisiane) est un chanteur guitariste américain de blues.
Considéré comme un surdoué du blues, à 22 ans il avait déjà tourné avec les Rolling stones, Bob Dylan et les Eagles. Au début de sa carrière il jouait plus de blues, comme on peut le remarquer sur son premier album Ledbetter Heights; son troisième album est bien plus rock. Il est un passionné de musique mais aussi de voitures ; il en possède une grande collection, qu'il montre dans les expositions les plus populaires.
Shepherd attended Caddo Magnet High School in Shreveport, Louisiana. Self-taught, he began playing at age seven, learning Muddy Waters licks from his father's record collection. At the age of 13, he was invited onstage by the New Orleans bluesman Bryan Lee. After proving his abilities, he decided on music as a career. Demo tapes were made and a two camera video was shot at Kenny's first performance at the Red River Revel Arts Festival in Shreveport. It was that video performance that impressed Giant Records chief Irving Azoff enough to sign Kenny to a multiple album record deal.
Shepherd took six singles into the top 10, holds the record for the longest running album on the Billboard Blues Charts, "Trouble Is….." Shepherd has been nominated for four Grammy awards, received two Billboard Music Awards, two Orville Gibson awards and has sold millions of CDs.
In September 2008, Fender Musical Instruments Corp. released the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Signature Series Stratocaster, designed exclusively by Shepherd.
Most recently, Kenny has undertaken a truly unique DVD/CD project, 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads. The project documents Kenny as he travels the country to jam with and interview the last of the authentic blues musicians. As they tour the backroads, Kenny, with members of the Double Trouble Band, play with a host of blues greats including Clarence "Gatemouth Brown" and Bryan Lee, Buddy Flett (with whom he jams at Leadbelly's grave), the great B.B. King, blues harp master Jerry "Boogie" McCain, Cootie Stark, Neil Pattman, John Dee Holeman, Etta Baker, Henry Townsend with Honeyboy Edwards, and a concert session with the surviving members of Muddy Waters' and Howlin' Wolf's bands.
Shepherd married actor Mel Gibson's only daughter, Hannah Gibson, on September 16, 2006, and their first child was born in 2007. He announced at the Orleans show in Las Vegas (2/28/09) that their second child is due in early spring, 2009.
His debut album, Ledbetter Heights, recorded when Shepherd was age 17. The album spent 20 weeks topping Billboard's blues chart, and the magazine Guitar World voted him #3 after B.B.King and Eric Clapton.
Ledbetter Heights was an immediate hit, selling over 500,000 copies by early 1996. Most blues records never achieve that level of commercial success, much less ones released by artists who are still in their teens.
* Shepherd made a trip of ten days in the U.S. to meet and play with his idols: B. B. King, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, Henry Townsend, Honeyboy Edwards, Cootie Stark, Neal Pattman, Etta Baker, Jerry "Boogie" McCain, Buddy Flett, Bryan Lee, John Dee Holeman, The Howlin' Wolf and the Muddy Waters Band.
* Shepherd and Bryan Lee appeared as the musical guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on February 14, 2007.
* On July 24, 2007, he opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Orange County Fair.
* Opening act for the Rolling Stones during a stint of their 1999 No Security tour.
* Shepherd performed some of his songs including a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child" at the Dutch Mason Blues Festival in 2007
* Has also opened for Aerosmith, Bob Dylan, and Van Halen.
Year Album Chart Positions RIAA
1995 Ledbetter Heights 108 - Platinum
1997 Trouble Is… 74 - Platinum
1999 Live On 52 - Gold
2004 The Place You're In 101 - -
2007 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads - 52 -
Year Single Chart Positions Album
Hot 100 Mainstream Rock
1995 "Deja Voodoo" - 9 Ledbetter Heights
1996 "Born With A Broken Heart" - 15 Ledbetter Heights
1996 "Aberdeen" - 23 Ledbetter Heights
1997 "Slow Ride" - 3 Trouble Is…
1998 "Somehow, Somewhere, Someway" - 3 Trouble Is…
1998 "Blue On Black" 78 1 Trouble Is…
1999 "Everything Is Broken" - 10 Trouble Is…
1999 "In 2 Deep" - 5 Live On
2000 "Was" - 9 Live On
2000 "Last Goodbye" - 14 Live On
2004 "Alive" - 13 The Place You're In
2005 "The Place You're In" - 30 The Place You're In
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