Kenny Wayne Shepherd has been working as a professional musician since the age of 16, and in that time he has seven #1 Blues albums, a string of #1 Mainstream Rock singles, two Billboard Music Awards, two Blues Music Awards, two Orville H. Gibson Awards, and has been nominated for five Grammys. His album, Trouble Is…, holds a record for being the longest-running album on the Billboard Blues Chart.
In January 2023, he will continue to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of that breakthrough record, Trouble Is… with the final leg of a tour that will take him around the U.S. through April 1st, and all over Europe through May 10th.
In this interview, Kenny has a comfortable conversation about his recipe for success in his family life, the guitars he takes on the road with him, the idea of writing an autobiography, and he answers the question of whether he would take a gig in a band setting that’s outside of the blues genre.
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Hello everyone! My name is Scott Itter, but some know me as Dr. Music. I am a music journalist and photographer out of the Chicagoland area, and I have been in practice for over 20 years. I grew up in the 70’s with two big brothers that showed me all kinds of rock and roll. As I grew older I ventured out into different genres like jazz, funk, folk, and whatever else I could wrap my ears around. As I read every liner note and every Circus and Hit Parader like they were the Old and New Testament, I came to realize that I just love sound and appreciate all the people that create it.
I later became a stay-at-home dad and started honing my writing and photography skills to keep my mind from turning into mashed peas. My kids are now adults, my mind is only slightly mushy, and I am thrilled to have the honor of presenting my work to you!