We are all travelers. And for the last quarter-century, riding shotgun with Kenny Wayne Shepherd has been the greatest road-trip in rock 'n' roll. Gone is the young Louisiana gunslinger who erupted onto the early-'90s scene with his burn-it-down guitar solos and gut-punch songcraft.
World-class guitar-playing has always been his calling card, but in his forties, Shepherd knows when to blaze and when to breathe. "There's some restraint on The Traveler," he considers. "As I've got older, I've started to lean towards the approach of less is more. I play for the song now, versus what gets me more 'oohs' and 'aahs'. [...more...]