Kenny Wayne Shepherd has released “I Want You,” the latest in a trio of tracks unleashed ahead of the Grammy-nominated artist’s blistering new album The Traveler, out May 31 on Concord Records.
Listen to “I Want You” here.
“I Want You” is a thumping, electric ode to love and desire, framed by brassy horns, a bumping bass line, and more than one mind-melting guitar solo from Kenny himself. The new album was cut in Los Angeles during a break from an uncompromising tour schedule that captured Kenny and his band in a locked groove and ready to rock.
“This song is modern blues music to me. Every element is young,” Kenny explains. “This song is the live band, all of us playing in the studio and we’re rockin’ this thing out.”
Watch Kenny talk more about “I Want You” with producer Marshall Altman here
The Traveler features Kenny, vocalist Noah Hunt, drummer Chris “Whipper” Layton, and Joe Krown. Co-produced by Shepherd and Marshall Altman (Josh Abbott Band, Matt Nathanson), The Traveler features some of the most distinctive music of Kenny Wayne’s storied career and includes several new originals plus fresh takes on Buffalo Springfield’s “Mr. Soul” and Joe Walsh’s “Turn To Stone.”
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band has just completed a sold out tour of the US with the Beth Hart Band, to be followed by a run of dates with Buddy Guy in June. Known for his extensive on-the-road experience, Kenny’s live shows have grown into marathon sessions spanning his entire catalog, with many new songs set to figure prominently into his upcoming set lists. See below for a complete tour itinerary.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd has sold millions of albums worldwide and, in addition to his five Grammy nominations, 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. His last album, 2017’s Lay It On Down, debuted at #1 on three different Billboard charts: Blues, Current Rock Albums, and Internet Albums.
1. Woman Like You
2. Long Time Running
3. I Want You
6. We All Alright
7. Take It On Home
8. Mr. Soul
9. Better With Time
10. Turn To Stone
June 8 – Flagstaff, AZ / Flagstaff Blues & Brews
*June 11 – Huber Heights, OH / The Rose Music Center at The Heights
*June 13 – Rochester Hills, MI / Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
June 14 – Fort Wayne, IN / Performance Pavilion
June 15 – Buffalo, MI / Four Winds Casino Resort
June 16 – Cincinnati, OH / PNC Pavilion
June 18 – Red Bank, NJ / Hackensack Meridian Health Center @ Count Basie Center
*June 19 – Westbury, NY / NYCB Theatre at Westbury
*June 20 – Hampton NH / Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
*June 21 – Providence, RI / Bold Point Park
*June 22 – Westbrook, ME / Maine Savings at Pavilion at Rock Row
*June 23 – Vienna, VA / Filene Center
July 26 – Batavia, NY / Batavia Downs Gaming
July 27 – Atlantic City, NJ / Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
* = With Buddy Guy