Kenny Wayne Shep­herd Band

Lay It On Down Mas­cot Records

Guitarist - - Music -

Blues­man scores with al­bum num­ber eight

If you’ve checked out his fea­ture and mas­ter­class in this is­sue (from p70), you’ll know that Kenny Wayne Shep­herd is no slouch when it comes to blues play­ing.“The point of this al­bum," he says, talk­ing about Lay It On Down, “was that I wanted to put a heavy em­pha­sis on the songs them­selves… I wanted each song to re­ally stand on its own with the song­writ­ing, the words.”The re­sults speak for them­selves be­cause it’s the songs tak­ing cen­tre stage here, with the fiery guitar play­ing ever present but never over­whelm­ing the 10 tracks (plus one acous­tic ‘bonus track') on of­fer. It’s a stylis­tic smor­gas­bord, too; con­trast the coun­try vibe in Hard Les­son

Learned to the acous­tic-driven an­them Louisiana Rain or the riff-laden rock of Ride Of Your Life and you’ll see that Shep­herd is no one-trick pony but a mas­ter of ev­ery genre he touches. [DM] Stand­out track: She’s $$$ For fans of: Jonny Lang, The Rides

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