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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band's "Lay It On Down" premieres at Billboard; new album out 8/4 on Concord Record




TITLE TRACK FROM
KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND’S
LAY IT ON DOWN PREMIERES VIA
BILLBOARD

NEW ALBUM OUT AUGUST 4 ON
CONCORD RECORDS

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES THIS SUMMER

 

“[Shepherd] is a guitarist who can easily mesmerize an audience with his playing ability and through his passionate and energetic solos.”—The Huffington Post

The title track from Lay It On Down, five-time Grammy nominee and critically acclaimed guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s forthcoming ninth album, is now premiering via Billboard; listen/share the track at http://bit.ly/2ssLzqU. Billboard notes, “The gentle ‘Lay It On Down’—which Shepherd co-wrote with ‘Blue On Black’ collaborators Mark Selby and Tia Sillers—certainly represents something different for Shepherd and company.” Shepherd explains, “It’s, like, a midtempo ballad, which surprises some people, but I love ballads. I grew up in the era of the power ballad. That was the biggest thing on the radio when I was a teenager, those rock ‘n’ roll ballads. So I’m a sucker for a good ballad and wanted to have one on this record.”

Lay It On Down is due August 4 on Concord Records. Recorded at Echophone Studios in Shepherd’s hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana and produced by Shepherd with Marshall Altman (Matt Nathanson, Natasha Bedingfield, Kate Voegele), the album was largely recorded live in the studio to analog tape.

Shepherd’s band on Lay It On Down features his long-time lead vocalist Noah Hunt, the rhythm section from Shepherd’s supergroup side project The RIDES, Chris Layton (drums) and Kevin McCormick (bass), and keyboardist Jimmy McGorman. “I’m proud of the album we have delivered to the fans and I think they'll be excited by what they hear,” notes Shepherd. “The band we’ve assembled did a fantastic job bringing these songs to life and conveying the musical message to the listener. Now we are looking forward to bringing this new music to the live show to watch it develop even more.” Shepherd further discusses the writing/recording process in the new album’s video trailer, watch/share it at https://youtu.be/xW6HfiJ-WYQ.

Recently, CMT Music premiered the video for the album’s first single, “Baby Got Gone;” watch/share the video at http://bit.ly/2qcQs6S.

Shepherd will celebrate the album’s release with a U.S. tour that kicks off August 9 in Westbury, NY. See below for a list of dates; additional shows to be announced shortly.

Lay It On Down finds Shepherd two decades into a recording career that began when he was 16. Shepherd has sold millions of albums worldwide and, in addition to his five Grammy nominations, he has won two Billboard Music Awards, a pair of Orville H. Gibson awards, the Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive award and two Blues Music awards. He’s had six #1 blues albums and a string of #1 mainstream rock singles, and his acclaimed documentary project 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads was the top-selling blues album of 2007. Shepherd’s last release, 2014’s Goin’ Home (Concord Records), debuted at #25 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and spent several weeks at #1 on the Billboard Blues chart.

LAY IT ON DOWN TRACK LIST

1. Baby Got Gone
2. Diamonds & Gold
3. Nothing But The Night
4. Lay It On Down
5. She’s $$$
6. Hard Lesson Learned
7. Down For Love
8. How Low Can You Go
9. Louisiana Rain
10. Ride Of Your Life

THE KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND LIVE

August 9                                                    Westbury, NY                              The Space at Westbury
August 10                                                     Albany, NY                                                       The Egg
August 11                                                  Northfield, OH                                         Hard Rock Live
August 12                                                      Peoria, IL                                              Riverfront Park
August 14                                                  Annapolis, MD                                 Rams Head on Stage
August 15                                                  Annapolis, MD                                 Rams Head on Stage
August 16                                                 Morristown, NJ                  Mayo Performing Arts Center
August 18                                                   Portland, ME                                                            Aura
August 19                                               Northampton, MA                                         Calvin Theatre
August 20                                                     Derry, NH                                        Tupelo Music Hall
August 22                                                 Bar Harbor, ME                                      Criterion Theatre
August 23                                                  Ridgefield, CT                                 Ridgefield Playhouse
August 25                                                  Harrisburg, PA                                        Whitaker Center
August 26                                                E. Providence, RI                                       Bold Point Park

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