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五項葛萊美獎提名的美國知名吉他手 肯尼‧偉恩‧薛佛(Kenny Wayne Shepherd),憑著天份,自學而成的吉他技巧,佔有一席之地。 Kenny自90年代中期出道後,傑出的表現不但令人印象深刻,使藍調的精神發揚光大至今,受諸多藍調大師肯定如 Double Trouble Band, B. B. King, Jerry "Boogie" McCain, Cootie Stark, Neal Pattman, John Dee Holeman, Etta Baker, Henry Townsend with Honeyboy Edwards。

深受Stevie Ray Vaughan影響的藍調新帥吉他手 Kenny Wayne Shepherd(以下簡稱KWS) ,詮釋自己招牌藍調的十足到味,作為[後SRV時期]承襲Stevie的其中重要代表之一!因為崇敬SRV的關係,他表演時,非Fender Stratocaster不用......

Kenny Wayne Shepherd與SRV的淵源,是影響了他走上藍調吉他手的關鍵因素。 Kenny他父親是演唱會宣傳人員,曾辦過SRV演唱會,KWS小時候就有機會跟SRV接觸。

7歲那年見過SRV後他就決心要自學吉他,13歲就得到藍調樂手Byran Lee邀請上台演奏,1995年推出首張專輯時他仍未滿18歲。雖說是深受了SRV影響,但以17歲的少年來說這是功力架勢十足的一張唱片,全碟都是自己創作,得到商業上的大成功,更登上主流流行榜,這是藍調藝人很難達到的高度,更莫說是初出道的少年。



Fender很榮幸推出肯尼簽名琴款 Kenny Wayne Shepherd Stratocaster。此款吉他由肯尼所持有的經典1961年份Stratocaster 改良製作,增加了現代化配備如Kenny 專屬特製拾音器,Graph Tech琴橋下弦枕、12吋弧度指板、特製琴頸形狀與特大號琴椼等(附原廠軟袋)。

Shepherd was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated Caddo Magnet High School in Shreveport. The guitarist is "completely self taught", and does not read music. Growing up, Shepherd's father (Ken Shepherd) was a local radio personality and some-time concert promoter, and had a vast collection of music. Shepherd got his first "guitar" at the age of three or four, when his grandmother purchased a series of several plastic guitars for him with S&H Green Stamps, which Shepherd has said he would "go through like candy".

Shepherd stated in a 2011 interview that he began playing guitar in earnest at age seven, about six months after meeting and being "pretty mesmerized" by Stevie Ray Vaughan, in June 1984, at one of his father's promoted concerts. His self-taught method employed a process of learning one note at a time, playing and rewinding cassette tapes, using "a cheap Yamaha wanna-be Stratocaster...made out of plywood, basically", and learning to play by following along with material from his father's record collection.

At the age of 13, Shepherd was invited to play guitar onstage by blues musician Bryan Lee. He subsequently made demo tapes, and a video was shot at Shepherd's first performance at the Red River Revel Arts Festival in Shreveport. It was this video performance that impressed Giant Records chief Irving Azoff enough to sign Shepherd to a multiple album record deal.
From 1995 on, Shepherd took seven singles into the Top 10, and holds the record for the longest-running album on the Billboard Blues Charts with Trouble Is.... In 1996, Shepherd began a longtime collaboration with vocalist Noah Hunt, who provided the vocals for Shepherd's signature song, "Blue on Black". Shepherd has been nominated for five Grammy Awards, and has received two Billboard Music Awards, two Blues Music Awards and two Orville H. Gibson Awards.
In September 2008, Fender Musical Instruments Corp. released the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Signature Series Stratocaster, designed exclusively by Shepherd. In 2007, he released a critically acclaimed and two timeGrammy nominated DVD–CD project, 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads. This documents Shepherd as he travels the country to jam with and interview the last of the authentic blues musicians. As they tour the backroads, Shepherd, with members of the Double Trouble Band, play with a host of blues greats includingClarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Bryan Lee, Buddy Flett (with whom he jams at Lead Belly's grave), B. B. King, blues harp master Jerry "Boogie" McCain, Cootie Stark, Neal Pattman, John Dee Holeman, Etta Baker, Henry Townsend with Honeyboy Edwards, and a concert session with the surviving members of Muddy Waters' andHowlin' Wolf's bands, including luminaries such as Hubert Sumlin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith and Pinetop Perkins.
In 2010 Shepherd was nominated for a Grammy for Live In Chicago which featured performances with Hubert Sumlin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Buddy Flett and Bryan Lee. In 2011, Shepherd released his seventh CD entitled How I Go on Roadrunner Records.