One of the most commercially known blues-rock guitarists of the younger generation. He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on June 12, 1977. Kenny is self-taught, and he gained knowledge about music by listening to records from the vast collection of his father. Father of Kenny was a radio DJ and concert organizer.
Shepherd became seriously interested in the guitar at the age of 7, after hearing Stevie Ray Vaughan play. He quickly began ripping off the next albums. Listening to Vaughan, Muddy Waters and Albert Lee recordings an infinite number of times. Kenny trying to decode their playing note by note. He signed his first recording contract at the age of 13. Today together with Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, he has nine albums. Also, five Grammy nominations, two Billboard Music Awards, two Blues Music Awards and a record-breaking presence on the Billboard blues chart with the album “Trouble Is …”.
The song “Blue on Black” from this album spent 17 weeks at the magazine’s number 1 rock chart! The latest album, Lay It On Down, was released in 2017. In 2008, Fender produced the Stratocaster signed with his name.
Music is not only his love, but also his mission: “Every evening I go on stage to give the audience my whole heart with my music and bring some light into their lives. If, during an hour and a half concert, I manage to cheer someone up, make them forget about their worries, it means that I have done my job well ”.
He is the father of two sons and three daughters and is the husband of Hannah Gibson (Mel Gibson’s eldest daughter).