Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Ridgefield Playhouse

Ridgefield, Connecticut

August 24, 2016

View 13th row, center

Of all Stevie Ray Vaughan’s acolytes Kenny Wayne Shepherd comes closest to tackling the late Texan’s verve and virtuosity. The rapid fire chords of SRV’s House Is Rockin’ got the blood pumping, and it didn’t hurt that Chris Layton from Double Trouble was backing on drums. Singer Noah Hunt’s rich baritone dominated Heat Of The Sun and sprayed vitriol all over B.B. King’s You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now, from 2014’s Goin’ Home.

The show featured its share of covers, Slim Harpo’s I’m A King Bee and a surprising take on the Stooges’ Search and Destroy, which would get the world’s forgotten boy’s stamp of approval. Also, from Shepherd’s Rides project with Stephen Stills, came a great version of Elmore James 1960 ode to phone sex, I Can’t Hold Out.

He closed with Blue On Black and a distorted blast of Jimi Hendrix’s Voodoo Chile (Slight Return), a definitive hour of guitar-driven blues-rock.

Published In Record Collector Magazine