Eight’s Not Enough

Kenny Wayne Shepherd is finishing up his next studio album

By Gary Graff
March 23, 2017

Kenny Wayne Shepherd is eyeballing an August 11 release for his eighth studio album, tentatively titled Louisiana Rain.

The set was recorded in his hometown of Shreveport, La., and Shepherd tells us it takes a different course than his last album, 2014’s Goin’ Home: “It’s a very contemporary record. The last record we did was traditional blues. I generally kind of bounce around a bit; if you know my musical history, if I do something totally traditional blues, either right before or right after that I do something contemporary.”

The album includes all new songs that Shepherd wrote over the past year and a half, and he worked with new producer Marshall Altman in the studio.

“I’m excited about it,” Shepherd says. “I’m glad to give something new for the fans and have something new to play on stage.”

Shepherd is currently on the road with the Experience Hendrix Tour and will also be out with the Rides, his band with Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg, this spring. He expects the Rides to start working on its third album later this year or early next.