The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will return to the UK in April as part of the ‘Trouble Is…25‘ World Tour. The band will be playing their iconic, platinum selling ‘Trouble Is…‘ album in full along with live favoirites. The tour will begin on 18 April at the Parr Hall, Warrington and call through Queens Hall, Edinburgh on 19 April, Tyne Theatre, Newcastle on 20 April, Picturedrome, Holmfirth on 21 April, De La War Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea on 22 April and finishing at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 23 April. Tickets are available here.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s landmark 1997 release ‘Trouble Is…’ contains plenty of technical dazzle and old-soul touches, but what truly set the album apart was the mature song writing that it featured from Shepherd, an indication that he was shaking off the tedious “teenage sensation” tag that had followed him previously. ‘Blue On Black‘, the album’s rootsy fan favourite, hit #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart, set a new record for its 104-week tenure, and still blares from stateside radios today. Now, Shepherd is revisiting the record breaking hit on ‘The Trouble Is…25’, a top-to-bottom reinterpretation of his seminal album, released in December via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. Check out the ‘Trouble Is…25‘ videos for ‘Blue On Black‘ and ‘True Lies‘.
‘Trouble Is…25’, a top-to-bottom reinterpretation of his seminal album ‘Trouble Is…’, which struck the match that reignited modern blues upon its release 25 years ago. The album (which includes a bonus track of an unreleased version of ‘Ballad of a Thin Man‘) is accompanied by a live DVD filmed at The Strand Theatre in Shepherd’s hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana, shot at the launch of his year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of ‘Trouble Is…’, which found the band performing the album, in its entirety, across the US.
“One of the coolest things about re-recording ‘Trouble Is…’ has been finding out – or verifying – how timeless this album really is,” says Shepherd, who is also leading a triumphant anniversary tour performing the album in full. “I’m so proud of what we accomplished, and also the fact I was just 18 years old when I did it. I mean, I had an experience with this album that most musicians can only dream about. ‘Trouble Is…’ sold millions of copies. There’s validation in all of that for me.”
“During the ‘Trouble Is…’ anniversary tour,” says Shepherd, “everybody was commenting on how this album could be released today and still be just as relevant as it was 25 years ago. Making this album in 1997 was just a really monumental achievement. The new recording was a serious trip down memory lane for me. And I’m still so proud of these songs.”
1. Slow Ride
2. True Lies
3. Blue on Black
4. Everything Is Broken
5. I Don’t Live Today
6. (Long) Gone
7. Somehow, Somewhere, Someway
8. I Found Love (When I Found You)
9. King’s Highway
10. Nothing To Do With Love
11. Chase the Rainbow
12. Trouble Is…
13. Ballad of A Thin Man
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