Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
September 24, 2017
The new release—Shepherd’s first since 2014’s Goin’ Home, which debuted at #25 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and spent several weeks at #1 on the Blues chart—finds the blues guitar virtuoso exploring a more traditionally roots-based sound for the first time. He notes, “I wanted to make an album of great American roots music … an album full of music that people haven’t heard from us before. I’m pulling from a lot of different periods and genres on this one.”
Lay It On Down continues Shepherd’s winning streak of consistently acclaimed recordings throughout a more than two-decade long recording career that began at age 16 and has yielded six #1 blues albums, a string of #1 mainstream rock singles, five Grammy nominations and numerous awards.
The new album was recorded live in the studio to analog tape in Shepherd’s hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana and produced by Shepherd alongside Marshall Altman (Matt Nathanson, Natasha Bedingfield, Kate Voegele).