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Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Distills a Quarter Century Onstage to Deliver the Traveler
The Traveler is an album of experience and profound resonance by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. Recorded in Los Angeles, while the band was on a break from their uncompromising tour schedule that left them road-tested and ready to rock, The Traveler showcases some world-class musicians: vocalist Noah Hunt, drummer Chris "Whipper" Layton (formerly of Stevie Ray Vaughans Double Trouble), bassist Kevin McCormick, and keyboardists Jimmy McGorman and Joe Krown. The album features ten songs including eight new originals co-written by Kenny Wayne Shepherd and some of Nashvilles most in-demand songwriters, plus incendiary covers of Buffalo Springfields "Mr. Soul" and Joe Walshs "Turn to Stone."
"Because of my family, my friends, and my fans Ive been able to explore the depths of music and chase songs wherever they may lead me," says Kenny Wayne. "Weve been able to do things and go places that were once just a dream, and its all because of the music and the people who support it. The Traveler is a return on their investment."
Co-produced by Shepherd and Marshall Altman, The Traveler features some of the most distinctive music of Kenny Waynes storied career. New originals "Woman Like You," "Long Time Running," "I Want You," "Gravity" and "Tailwind" (whose heartfelt lyrical metaphor provides the albums title image) offer a scintillating balance of finesse and firepower, while the artist pays tribute to his influences with the albums two covers. The seed for Shepherds menacing take on "Mr. Soul" was planted when he performed the song at a benefit show with Springfield founders Stephen Stills and Neil Young, and his epic reading of Joe Walshs "Turn to Stone" was first performed by Shepherd at a fundraising concert honoring Walsh.
Now a quarter century into a career that started when he was 16, Shepherd is staying busier than ever with the release of The Traveler.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd has sold millions of albums worldwide and, in addition to his five Grammy nominations, has won two Billboard Music Awards, a pair of Orville H. Gibson awards, the Blues Foundations Keeping The Blues Alive award and two Blues Music awards.
• 180g Vinyl LP
• Mastering by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Studios, Portland, Maine
• Limited time download code
• Made in the EU
1. Woman Like You
2. Long Time Running
3. I Want You
6. We All Alright
7. Take It On Home
8. Mr. Soul
9. Better With Time
10. Turn To Stone