Diamonds & Gold,” the new single from Lay It On Down, five-time Grammy nominee and critically acclaimed guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s forthcoming ninth album, is now premiering via Guitar Player; listen the track at http://bit.ly/2tKyzwY. Guitar Player notes, “Lay It On Down showcases a more roots-based, Americana sound from Shepherd, and the guitarist was inspired by several genres and musical eras during its inception. The album was recorded super-old-school—live in the studio to analog tape.”

Lay It On Down is due August 4 on Concord Records. Recorded at Echophone Studios in Shepherd’s hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana and produced by Shepherd with Marshall Altman (Matt Nathanson, Natasha Bedingfield, Kate Voegele), the album was largely recorded live in the studio to analog tape.

Shepherd’s band on Lay It On Down features his long-time lead vocalist Noah Hunt, the rhythm section from Shepherd’s supergroup side project The RIDES, Chris Layton (drums) and Kevin McCormick (bass), and keyboardist Jimmy McGorman. “I’m proud of the album we have delivered to the fans and I think they’ll be excited by what they hear,” notes Shepherd. “The band we’ve assembled did a fantastic job bringing these songs to life and conveying the musical message to the listener. Now we are looking forward to bringing this new music to the live show to watch it develop even more.” Shepherd further discusses the writing/recording process in the new album’s video trailer, watch/share it at https://youtu.be/xW6HfiJ-WYQ.

Shepherd will celebrate the album’s release with a U.S. tour that kicks off August 9 in Westbury, NY. See below for a list of dates; additional shows to be announced shortly.

Lay It On Down finds Shepherd two decades into a recording career that began when he was 16. Shepherd has sold millions of albums worldwide and, in addition to his five Grammy nominations, he has won two Billboard Music Awards, a pair of Orville H. Gibson awards, the Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive award and two Blues Music awards. He’s had six #1 blues albums and a string of #1 mainstream rock singles, and his acclaimed documentary project 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads was the top-selling blues album of 2007. Shepherd’s last release, 2014’s Goin’ Home (Concord Records), debuted at #25 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and spent several weeks at #1 on the Billboard Blues chart.


1. Baby Got Gone
2. Diamonds & Gold
3. Nothing But The Night
4. Lay It On Down
5. She’s $$$
6. Hard Lesson Learned
7. Down For Love
8. How Low Can You Go
9. Louisiana Rain
10. Ride Of Your Life


August 9

Westbury, NY

The Space at Westbury

August 10

Albany, NY

The Egg

August 11

Northfield, OH

Hard Rock Live

August 12

Peoria, IL

Riverfront Park

August 14

Annapolis, MD

Rams Head on Stage

August 15

Annapolis, MD

Rams Head on Stage

August 16

Morristown, NJ

Mayo Performing Arts Center

August 18

Portland, ME


August 19

Northampton, MA

Calvin Theatre

August 20

Derry, NH

Tupelo Music Hall

August 22

Bar Harbor, ME

Criterion Theatre

August 23

Ridgefield, CT

Ridgefield Playhouse

August 25

Harrisburg, PA

Whitaker Center

August 26

E. Providence, RI

Bold Point Park

August 27

Beverly, MA

Cabot Theatre

September 1

Milwaukee, WI

Harley Davidson Museum

September 8

Sacramento, CA

Crest Theatre

September 9

Redwood City, CA

Fox Theatre

September 10

Guerneville, CA

Russian River Jazz Festival

September 15

Cottonwood, AZ

Thunder Valley Rally

September 16

Las Vegas, NV

Tropicana Theater

September 18

Kansas City, MO

Uptown Theater

September 19

Des Moines, IA

Hoy Sherman Place

September 21

Wichita, KS

The Cotillion Ballroom

September 22

Springfield, MO

Gillioz Theatre

September 23

Louisville, KY

Bourbon & Beyond Festival

October 14

Merrillville, IN

Star Plaza Theatre

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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