Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Ruth Eckerd Hall presents Kenny Wayne Shepherd on his The Trouble Is…25th Anniversary Tour on Friday, February 10 at 8 pm. Special guest Samantha Fish will open the show. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 12 at 10 am. For a complete list of tour dates and more information, please visit

Kenny Wayne Shepherd is over two decades into a recording career that began when he was just 16. He 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 nine #1 blues albums and a string of #1 mainstream rock singles.

In 1997, rock and blues music fans were impatiently waiting for the sophomore release by, what the press still referred to as, a teenage phenom. On October 7th that year the world finally heard Trouble Is… by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and it demonstrated to the press and public alike that Kenny was an artist with a boundless future ahead of him.

After the wildly successful debut of his first platinum selling album, Ledbetter Heights, Shepherd set out to write and record his second album. “No one was expecting me to match the success of Ledbetter Heights, but when we got into the studio and the album started coming together, we knew we had something really special.”

Radio stations across the U.S. added song after song from Trouble Is… 25 years ago to their playlists - in heavy rotation - and the fans devoured the music. Trouble Is… went on to sell over a million copies in the U.S. and was certified Platinum by the RIAA. It featured 4 top ten Rock hits, Slow Ride, Somehow, Somewhere, Someway, Everything Is Broken and of course, the #1 Mainstream Rock hit Blue on Black, spending an astonishing 104 weeks on the Billboard Charts. Shepherd won two Billboard Music Awards, including for Rock Song of the Year, and received his first of many GRAMMY® nominations. Twenty-five years later, Kenny Wayne Shepherd is still releasing groundbreaking music, accumulating awards, touring the world and performing for ever-expanding audiences.

Trouble Is… was produced by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Harrison and was the beginning of a long-term collaboration between Harrison and Shepherd. The album also features musical powerhouses including Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon and Reese Wynans as well as James Cotton.

Anyone who has ever heard Samantha Fish’s previous albums knows that she has earned a place in the top rank of contemporary blues guitarists and that her voice can wring the soul out of a ballad and belt out a rocker with roof-shaking force. Over the course of her career as an award-winning artist, singer/songwriter and guitarist, Fish has brought extraordinary power to her self-expression, capturing her inner world in combustible riffs, visceral rhythms and spine-tingling vocal work. Her most recent album, Faster, was released on Rounder Records.

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