The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will be releasing their first ever live concert video this winter. Straight To You: Live will be released on 27th November via Provogue. It will be released on DVD+CD, Blu-Ray+CD, 2LP red transparent vinyl and digitally.
Ahead of this they have revealed the video for Diamonds & Gold, talking about the song Kenny says; “Diamonds & Gold is one of my favourite songs from our 2017 release Lay It On Down. To me it has all the right elements. A thick groove, hooky guitar riffs and chorus, the horns… everything comes together to create a song that makes you feel good with a bit of humor in the lyrics.”
The calls have been coming for a long time explains Shepherd. “People have been asking us to do a live concert video forever, for decades,” he explains. “We’ve been working so much focussing on studio recordings. But I’ve been hearing the call from the fans for many years now,” and, as live music has come to a standstill, the band wanted to give the fans a taste once again of that experience and this blistering set shows them in full force.
The Traveler was released in May last year, giving the band their 8th US Billboard Blues #1 album, when they hit the road. The Traveler World Tour was interrupted when the Covid-19 pandemic broke, and the world came to a standstill. This show took place at the famous Leverkusen Jazzstage for the iconic German TV show, Rockpalast on 25th November 2019.
The seven-piece band took the stage and immediately launched into their most-recent hit-single Woman Like You, with the honey-soaked powerhouse voice of Noah Hunt blasting “I ain’t looking for a one time girl” backed by the fiery fretwork of Shepherd. It’s the first of four songs taken from the latest studio album, “Woman Like You is the perfect opening song for the show,” Shepherd says. “You come out swinging, it sets the mood for the entire show. It’s like, we’re there to rock, and we mean business.”
The band never let up, and it’s in a live environment that Shepherd, truly let’s rip. The five-time Grammy nominated guitarist has developed a formidable back catalogue that only someone with road-worn life experience can do and this set is besieged with classics. Shepherd prowls the stage on Diamonds and Gold, Talk To Me Baby – an Elmore James cover – explodes into honkey-tonk revelry and The Heat of The Sun is a stunning 11-minute epic. “On that the band is really focussed, everybody is listening to one another, everybody’s working collectively on the dynamics of the song, bringing it down, building it back up, trying to transcend what’s actually happening on stage and take the music to the next level.”
Talking about not being able to play live during the Covid19 pandemic he says; “I miss it. Live concert performances are the essence of what we do best. So, not having that in our life is yeah, this has been an eye-opening experience I think for all musicians. It’s been a personal loss for every performer out there who does what we do. A lot of our lives have been spent pouring our heart and soul into that.”
The release of Straight To You: Live comes during a time when there is no live music and the world looks a very different place to 12 months previously, and as the seven-piece Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band bow out on a phenomenal finale of Jimi Hendrix‘s Voodoo Child (Slight Return), they wave goodbye to the cheering Leverkusen crowd and it reignites that love of live music and the hope that is to come.
Straight To You Live track list
|1. Woman Like You (Live)|
*2. Mr. Soul (Live)
3. Long Time Running (Live)
4. I Want You (Live)
5. Diamonds & Gold (Live)
6. Talk To Me Baby (Live)
7. Heat Of The Sun (Live)
8. Down For Love (Live)
9. Shame, Shame, Shame (Live)
10. Turn To Stone (Live)
11. Blue On Black (Live)
12. I’m A King Bee (Live)
13. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (Live)
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