By Reneé Ruwe
RIDGEFIELD, CT - Guitar virtuoso Kenny Wayne Shepherd, originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, came to the Ridgefield Playhouse to perform an array of blues favorites from his original albums as well as incorporating the hits of some of his mentors such as Stevie Ray Vaughn and BB King.
Shepherd began playing guitar as a young boy leading him to meeting one of his earliest influences in the blues arena, Stevie Ray Vaughn, who impressed the boy by letting him to sit at the edge of the stage. Twenty years later, he is touring with Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton, and singer Noah Hunt.
Shepherd is a self-taught guitarist who has been called a blues prodigy. He told the audience at the concert that he considers BB King to be like a father to him. Shepherd’s real father notes that he began learning Muddy Waters songs and became hooked on the blues from there.
Shepherd, a five-time Grammy winner, will be returning to the Ridgefield Playhouse again on September 5, 2013 at 8 p.m. with The Rides, a new group that he has been collaborating with and concurrently launching a new album.
The Rides is a project with Stephen Stills, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame best known for his time with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. The trio includes Shepherd, Stills and Barry Goldberg on keyboard. The Rides will be performing in the tradition of 40’s and 50’s influenced blues-rock.