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Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band has simply launched “Blue On Black,” the third and closing single from their first-ever reside live performance video, ‘Straight To You: Dwell,’ out subsequent Friday (11/27) through Provogue. Whereas Kenny has had six #1 rock tracks and a slew of prime ten songs, no present could be full with out the mega-hit “Blue on Black.” Featured on the band’s second album, the track spent an unimaginable 42 weeks on the US Billboard Rock Charts, successful Rock Monitor of the Yr, and now has over 25 million streams.

“‘Blue on Black’ is an absolute staple of our present,” Shepherd explains. “I’ve been taking part in that track for greater than 20 years, and I nonetheless take pleasure in taking part in it. As a songwriter it’s the track that I all the time hoped to write down. It’s a timeless track that doesn’t actually appear to age. A little bit over a 12 months in the past a brand new model of it got here out with the 5 Finger Dying Punch guys, Brian Could, myself and Brantley Gilbert and it went straight to #1 on the rock charts once more. As a songwriter to have a #1 hit twice with the identical track is absolutely uncommon, and definitely one thing I’m very pleased with.” The brand new model of the track has acquired greater than 80 million streams up to now.

The ‘Dwell! In Chicago’ album, the band’s solely different reside output, was launched a decade in the past and earned itself a Grammy nomination, however this time round you get to look at the band in its full glory, along with listening. Over the previous 10 years, the multi-platinum promoting artist has gone from power to power, successful numerous awards, releasing 4 studio albums and touring the world over a number of occasions – from Brazil to Europe, India to Canada, US to Australia and past.
The band’s final studio album ‘The Traveler’ was launched in Could of final 12 months, giving the band their eighth #1 on the Billboard Blues Albums chart. The efficiency captured on ‘Straight To You: Dwell’ occurred on the well-known Leverkusen Jazzstage for the enduring German TV present, Rockpalast on November 25th, 2019, earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic compelled the cancellation of The ‘Traveler World Tour.’
The seven-piece band took the stage and instantly launched into their most-recent hit-single “Girl Like You,” with the honey-soaked powerhouse voice of Noah Hunt blasting “I ain’t on the lookout for a one time lady” backed by the fiery fretwork of Shepherd. It is the primary of 4 songs from ‘The Traveler’ featured within the set. “The entire intention of this set-list is that we come out with a whole lot of vitality, get the group pumped up. We need to get them energized proper off the bat.” It slips into the soul-drenched blues of “Lengthy Time Working,” with Chris Layton’s drums firing by way of the constructing horn part as Hunt and Shepherd lock-in on duel vocals, while blue and yellow lights spray the stage, catapulting you proper to the entrance row of the viewers.
“We had been actually fired up,” he continues. “We had expanded the band and introduced within the horn part, it was their first time over to Europe with us. So we had been glad to have the total ensemble there. It is all the time thrilling after we’re incorporating a brand new album into the reside efficiency. Remembering the present, there have been a number of stand out moments. The track off the brand new report “I Need You,” is a extremely prolonged model, and each soloist will get a possibility to essentially shine, and everyone introduced it 150%.”
The band by no means let up, and it is in a reside surroundings that Shepherd really lets it rip. The five-time Grammy nominated guitarist has developed a formidable again catalogue that solely somebody with road-worn life expertise can ship, and this set is besieged with all the classics. Shepherd prowls the stage on “Diamonds and Gold,” explodes into honkey-tonk revelry on the Elmore James cowl “Speak To Me Child,” and stuns with an 11-minute epic model of “The Warmth of The Solar.” “On that the band is absolutely focussed, everyone is listening to at least one one other, everyone’s working collectively on the dynamics of the track, bringing it down, constructing it again up, making an attempt to transcend what’s truly taking place on stage and take the music to the subsequent stage.”
The band continues to shift up gears with a 9-minute model of “Disgrace Disgrace Disgrace,” a range from Shepherd’s 1995 debut. “The explanation why the track goes on the best way that it does is as a result of everyone is feeling it and there is a whole lot of particular moments that I am pleased with. Giving the keyboard and horn guys their moments to shine, and standing again and letting these guys do what they do finest, made me really feel simply as proud as any solo that I performed that evening,” he enthuses.
Speaking about not with the ability to carry out reside in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Shepherd says; “I miss it. Dwell live performance performances are the essence of what we do finest. So, not having that in our life is yeah, this has been an eye-opening expertise I feel for all musicians. It has been a private loss for each performer on the market who does what we do. Loads of our lives have been spent pouring our coronary heart and soul into that.”

The discharge of ‘Straight To You: Dwell’ comes at a time when there is no such thing as a reside music and the world seems to be very completely different than it did 12 months in the past, however as you watch the seven-piece Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band bow out on an outstanding finale of Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Little one (Slight Return)” and wave goodbye to the cheering Leverkusen crowd, it reignites the love of reside music and the hope that’s nonetheless to come back.
‘Straight To You: Dwell’ – Out November 27th
1. Girl Like You (Dwell)
2. Mr. Soul (Dwell)
3. Lengthy Time Working (Dwell)
4. I Need You (Dwell)
5. Diamonds & Gold (Dwell)
6. Speak To Me Child (Dwell)
7. Warmth Of The Solar (Dwell)
8. Down For Love (Dwell)
9. Disgrace, Disgrace, Disgrace (Dwell)
10. Flip To Stone (Dwell)
11. Blue On Black (Dwell)
12. I am A King Bee (Dwell)
13. Voodoo Little one (Slight Return) (Dwell)

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