Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes Guest on New Kenny Wayne Shepherd Album
by Nick DeRiso
March 26, 2014
Kenny Wayne Shepherd has invited along a slew of classic rock legends — including Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh and Warren Haynes — as the guitarist revisits iconic blues material on his forthcoming new album.
‘Goin Home,’ due on May 20 via Concord Records, follows Shepherd’s recent collaboration as the Rides with Stephen Stills and a stint on the Jimi Hendrix Experience tour. Shepherd’s band includes drummer Chris Layton, a member of Stevie Ray Vaughan‘s band Double Trouble; and bassist Tony Franklin, who collaborated with Jimmy Page in the short-lived supergroup the Firm.
Those connections to rock royalty have clearly rubbed off on Shepherd, who said in a news release: “I feel like I’ve matured a lot as a musician. My purpose for making music is the same as it ever was, but I’ve also learned a lot over the years. Less can be more.”
In keeping with the title, this is the first project Shepherd has recorded in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. The album includes songs made famous by B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King and Muddy Waters, among others. It was completed over just 11 days at the newly opened Blade Studios, run by drummer and producer Brady Blade — famous for his work with Dave Matthews, Steve Earle and others.
Other guests on ‘Goin Home’ include Robert Randolph, the Rebirth Brass Band and Keb Mo. Shepherd previously appeared on Starr’s ‘Ringo 2012′ album. He’s appeared on stage over the years both with Haynes’ Gov’t Mule project, and with Walsh.
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Goin’ Home tracklist:
1. Palace Of The King
2. Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
3. I Love The Life I Live
4. The House Is A Rockin’
5. Breaking Up Somebody’s Home
6. You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now
7. You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover
8. Boogie Man
9. Looking Back
10. Cut You Loose
11. Born Under A Bad Sign
12. Still A Fool
According to USA Today, Ringo played drums on a version on “Cut You Loose,” a song previously recorded Guy and Junior Wells, while Joe Walsh’s guitar can be heard on a rendition of Dixon’s “I Love the Life I Live.”