Band: Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Date: Saturday, Sept. 3, 8 p.m.
Venue: IP Casino, Resort & Spa, 850 Bayview Ave. (Biloxi), www.ipbiloxi.com
Tickets: $30-$45, available via Ticketmaster
Kenny Wayne Shepherd began his love affair with the guitar at age 7. This self-taught guitarist quickly fell in love with the Texas Flood blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan, which helped him hone his own blues rock sound. At 13, Shepherd caught the ears of the “Braille Blues Daddy” himself, Bryan Lee, who invited him to jam on stage. By the time he was 18, Shepherd released his first hit album, “Ledbetter Heights.” Since then, his albums have all hit the number one spot on the U.S. Blues Chart.
Shepherd’s most recent effort is 2015’s “Little Something from the Road, Vol. 1.” Produced by Shepherd, this live album documents a performance at the State Theater in New Brunswick, New Jersey. When compared to his studio output, Shepherd’s live albums give his audience a more complete view of his guitar style. Listeners are treated to sweet runs on the fretboard without the restrictions of studio time.