via press release:
GUITAR CENTER SESSIONS FEATURES
BLUES/ROCK GUITARIST KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD
Shepherd Performs Stripped Down Set,
Offers Interview With Host Nic Harcourt
Guitar Center Sessions Available on
DIRECTV in 3D and High Definition
Westlake Village, CA – Guitar Center(www.guitarcenter.com), the world’s largest musical instrument retailer and DIRECTV, the world’s most popular video service, today announced a new episode of Guitar Center Sessions featuring multi-platinum blues rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter offers exclusive stripped down performances and interviews alongside band mate and long-time collaborator Noah Hunt, on vocals and rhythm guitar.
Known for its exclusive performances and intimate conversations with revered musicians,Guitar Center Sessions is an in-depth music television series that most recently presented Buddy Guy, The Cult, Joe Bonamassa, Jane’s Addiction and Peter Gabriel. Hosted by renowned music tastemaker Nic Harcourt of KCRW and TheLiveBuzz, the episode featuring Kenny Wayne Shepherd premieres Saturday, January 15th at 9PM ET/PT in 3D on DIRECTV’s n3D™, powered by Panasonic. The program also airs in 2D hi-definition on DIRECTV’s The 101® Network (channel 101) at 9PM ET/PT. Previews and past episodes of Guitar Center Sessions can be viewed at www.guitarcenter.com/sessions.
Supported by the rich vocals and rhythm guitar of long-time collaborator Noah Hunt, Shepherd delivers thrilling performances of a diverse selection of blues and rock tunes, including his breakaway hit “Blue on Black”, winner of the Billboard Music Award for Rock Track of the Year in 1998. He also recalls his early days as a young player, inspired by live performances of blues mainstay Stevie Ray Vaughan. Shepherd shares revealing stories from throughout his career, including how Stevie Ray Vaughan changed his life at the age of 7, his eclectic influences which range from the Stones, Page and Plant to the Beatles, and how he keeps things fresh in today’s touring environment.
He also discusses his collaboration with Hunt and how his signature vocals express his particular style of blues rock.
“I wasn’t comfortable with the sound of my voice,” said Shepherd. “I literally wanted to sound like Muddy Waters. But I didn’t, I was 13 years old. I wasn’t one of those prodigy singers.”
Shepherd is a self-taught student of the blues and rock, and of the music business. He learned to play the riffs of greats like Muddy Waters, as seen in the episode’s performance of “King Bee”, on a plastic guitar as a child in Northern Louisiana. The son of a radio personality and concert promoter, he developed his own style as a guitarist and songwriter as he learned the business of music from his father. Shepherd and Hunt also discuss their forthcoming studio project as well as their first live album, Live In Chicago, which just received a Grammy nomination, making this Shepherd’s fifth nomination. Having based the success of their careers on dynamic live performances since the 1990s, this live album is the band’s first.
“I want to move people,” said Shepherd. “When they listen to it, I want everything, at the same time, penetrating the soul. That has been the driving force on our latest album.”
Continuing its commitment to inspiring musicians, Guitar Center Sessions is filmed in front of a live audience. Guitar Center Sessions gives real music fans a rare peak inside the minds of their idols. Each episode is filmed at the world famous Guitar Center Hollywood Vintage Room, an ideal environment to share these artists’ inspirational stories. Audiences hear first-hand accounts from each artist about their personal and musical journeys and the influences that molded them into the icons they have become. The most recent episodes featured Buddy Guy, The Cult and Joe Bonamassa, with upcoming episodes featuring Weezer and Cake.
Guitar Center Sessions on DIRECTV is an extension of Guitar Center’s ongoing music education-based initiative of the same name. The program features informative, provocative panel discussions and hands-on tutorials for musicians and provides them with the chance to gain insight and knowledge from their heroes in a comfortable and intimate setting.
About Guitar Center
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