Kenny Wayne Shepherd began playing guitar at seven years of age and played on stage for the first time when he was 13. Meeting and listening to Stevie Ray Vaughan in 1984 at the age of seven ignited his decision to pursue a career as blues rock guitar player. After signing a multiple album recording contract with Giant Records, Shepherd recorded and released Ledbetter Heights in 1995. Since then he’s released several albums and won a myriad of awards with a half dozen of his releases nominated for a Grammy.
10. “Deja Voodoo”
Ledbetter Heights was Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s debut album recorded at the age of 17 in 1995. “Deja Voodoo” was co-written by Shepherd and his bandmates with Corey Sterling on vocals and hits the stratosphere with the opening shot.
9. “Nothing But the Night”
“Nothing But the Night” is a punchy pop tune with stellar vocals and incendiary guitar work that is accompanied by a driving beat that makes you want to dance from 2017’s Lay It On Down.
8. “Somehow, Somewhere, Someway”
“Somehow, Somewhere, Someway” is from 1997’s Trouble Is with Noah Hunt on vocals and has Kenny ripping it up in style with a stellar double guitar solo adding to the mix of a mesmerizing beat of the rhythm section.
7. “Dark Side of Love”
How I Go was released in 2011 with “The Dark Side of Love” and is a joyous romp that has Shepherd titillating his guitar with peels of delight as Noah Hunt promises “one of these days I’m gonna rise above and never fall back again.”
6. “Lay It On Down”
The title track on Lay It On Down is a killer acoustic number that features Kenny on lead vocals singing “weight of the world you been draggin’ around, lay it on down” to the rhythmic beat of his guitar sung in a southern country style.
5. “Still A Fool”
In 2014, Kenny Wayne Shepherd released Goin Home where he collaborated on songs with a number of great guitarists including “Still A Fool” with Robert Randolph.
4. “Diamonds and Gold”
“Diamonds and Gold” from 2017’s Lay It On Down album has a big band sound reminiscent of groups like Chicago or Blood Sweat and Tears with its horn section and Kenny on lead vocals and wah wah pedal guitar like Terrry Kath or Mike Bloomfield.
3. “Woman Like You”
In 2019, Kenny Wayne Shepherd released The Traveler which produced “Woman Like You,” a rocking and throbbing sonic journey into the stellar reaches of Shepherd’s guitar as Noah Hunt enunciates his lyrics in time to Chris Layton’s hypnotic beat.
In 2004, Kenny released The Place You’re In which contained “Alive,” a screaming guitar raging number that has him on lead vocals.
1. Blue On Black
In 1997, Shepherd released Trouble Is which contained “Blue On Black.” It was the first album with Noah Hunt as the lead vocalist for the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and became Billboard’s top rock song for 1997.