Blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd coming to Nugget
Labeled a guitar prodigy at a very young age, Kenny Wayne Shepherd has lived up to the hype, and then some. Chart-topping recordings, peer recognition and a series of industry awards have combined to produce an artist who today is considered among the best young bluesmen.
Catch Shepherd in conjunction with Street Vibrations, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22 at 8 p.m., in the Celebrity Showroom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks.
Giving it all he’s got has been a trademark for Shepherd. At age 13 he was earning critical acclaim as a guitar wunderkind in clubs throughout the deep South, and while still in high school, he recorded his first album, “Ledbetter Heights,” in 1995, which was certified gold. It was followed two years later by the platinum selling, Grammy-nominated “Trouble is,” which featured such blues-drenched chart toppers as “Slow Ride” and “Blue On Black.” The year 1999 saw the release of his third best seller and Grammy nominated, “Live On,” while his reputation as an incendiary live performer was consolidated with a virtually endless round of international touring that earned the young prodigy a fanatic following across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
It was in 2000 that Shepherd took a well-deserved respite to recharge his creative batteries, relocating to Los Angeles to avail himself of the city’s thriving music scene. He was soon back at work, writing new material and developing his vocal skills. Over eight months, Shepherd reached a level of confidence to step forward as a vocalist. When asked why he never sang on his previous three albums, he said, “I sang on a few tracks on my earlier albums, but I was a lot younger then and the voice I was hearing in the vocal booth wasn’t the same one I was hearing in my head. My songs have always been highly personal, but the last thing I wanted to do was sacrifice my sound for the sake of singing lead vocals. It just took a while for them to match up.”
Tickets are $50 and are available by calling (800) 648-1177 or (775) 356-3300 or by visiting janugget.com.