Laying it all Down with the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
By Barbara Katen
For me, on September 8th at the Crest Theater, I was witness to the show of the year in Sacramento. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band has got it going on. Touring to promote their new CD “Lay it all Down”, which as I write this review is #2 on the Billboard Blues Chart and I think is one of the best, if not THE best CD, the KWS Band has released. They played just about all the songs on their new CD like Diamonds & Gold, Baby Got Gone, Hard Lesson Learned and Louisiana Rain, but they didn’t forget to play the older tunes that the crowd came to hear like Blue on Black, Slow Ride, Deja Voodoo, Never Lookin Back and others. But honestly, I heard as much applause for the new tunes as I did the old. Interestingly, “Lay it All Down” is their first CD of original tunes in 6 years and in my humble opinion Kenny’s become quite the talented song writer; the music sticks with you.
As always, Kenny was joined onstage by his brother from another mother, vocalist Noah Hunt, who has been with him for 20 years now and long-standing drummer Chris Layton, who previously was drummer for Stevie Ray Vaughn. Kevin McCormick on bass and keyboardist Joe Krown were excellent as new faces in the band, keepin’ it all together.
We had the pleasure of meeting Kenny Wayne; he is a friendly, charming guy. Noah Hunt was equally personable and down to earth. It’s a win-win situation when you meet your musical faves and they turn out to be as nice as they are talented.
If you ever get the chance to catch the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band I suggest you jump at the opportunity. It’s a show you will not soon forget!