Ahead of their new album ‘The Traveler,’ released next week (31 May) on Provogue,  Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band have announced that they will be returning once again to headline the Outlaw Country Stage at Ramblin’ Man Fair this July and have added extra dates to their UK tour for November.

Gone is the young Louisiana gunslinger who erupted onto the early-’90s scene with his burn-it-down guitar solos and gut-punch songcraft. The 41-year-old he’s become is even more magnetic, still pushing his Fender Strat where others fear to fret. As a grown man and a father, there are different thoughts and feelings that have come into focus. Shepherd’s song ‘Blue on Black‘ (From ‘Trouble Is…‘) was recently covered by Five Finger Death Punch and Brian May with all proceeds going to the Gary Sinise Foundation. The video has already had over 10.5m views in just over a month.

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 gotten older, I’ve started to lean towards the approach of less is more. I play for the song now.” Taking a cue from his side project, The Rides, the super group he co-founded with Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg, Shepherd shares more vocal responsibilities with his long-time singer, Noah Hunt, than on past releases, allowing the band more versatility. “I still don’t sound like Muddy Waters,” he smiles. “But I’ve definitely grown as a vocalist. I owe a lot of the credit to Stephen Stills for pushing me to sing more in The Rides.”  The album was recorded at Neptune Valley, Los Angeles, with the production of Shepherd and Marshall Altman.

He may move amongst legends, but the modest Shepherd brushes off any suggestion that he belongs in the same breath as the blues greats he collaborated with on 2007’s platinum-selling and Grammy-nominated documentary, ‘10 Days Out: Blues From The Backroads‘. Yet he’ll accept that with the old guard fading, there’s a responsibility to carry the torch. “The inescapable reality is that I’m getting older, and the generation of blues artists that went before, well, y’know, nobody lives forever.  If I live long enough, I’m gonna wind up in the category of the older statesmen of the blues. For anyone in that position, I think it’s our duty to pass it on. It’s not all about me and my music, the goal is a broader one of keeping the genre alive and relevant.

Multi-platinum hard rock band, Five Finger Death Punch, have unveiled their latest single ‘Gone Away‘, (their own rendition of The Offspring’s 1997 hit single). The track has received over 27 million streams in the U.S, is currently charting #2 on Active Rock and topped the iTunes rock and metal charts globally.

Gone Away’ is taken from their highly anticipated seventh full-length studio album, ‘And Justice For None‘, on May 18. The long-awaited collection is available for physical pre-order in the following formats: Standard physical CD (13 tracks), Deluxe physical CD (13 tracks + 3 bonus tracks + Deluxe artwork), Vinyl (13 tracks + 3 bonus tracks + Deluxe gatefold artwork). The band is also offering fans a variety of new CD/merchandise bundles.

Last month, 5FDP announced they will be hitting the road for a massive series of co-headlining North American dates with Breaking Benjamin this summer, along with special guests Nothing More and Bad Wolves. The summer amphitheater tour kicks off on July 16, 2018 in Seattle, WA and will make stops in 32 North American cities.

Track listing:
(Deluxe Album)

1. Trouble (Bonus Track)
2. Fake
3. Top Of The World
4. Sham Pain
5. Blue On Black
6. Fire In The Hole
7. I Refuse
8. It Doesn’t Matter
9. When The Seasons Change
10. Stuck In My Ways
11. Rock Bottom
12. Gone Away
13. Bloody
14. Will The Sun Ever Rise
15. Bad Seed (Bonus Track)
Line up:

Ivan Moody (vocals)

Zoltan Bathory (guitar)

Jeremy Spencer (drums)

Jason Hook (guitar)

Chris Kael (bass)

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