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Kenny Wayne Shepherd Pays Tribute to Hendrix

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Blues guitarist/songwriter Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his band performed last Friday at the Fender Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Tempe, Ariz.

“We’re here to pay tribute to the man, Mister Jimi Hendrix,” Shepherd told the audience. “He was truly one of my biggest influences. I think just about everybody who has picked up a guitar, especially the Stratocaster, has been influenced by the man so we are going to try to do him a little bit of justice right now.”

Shepherd and his band then tore through renditions of Hendrix classics “I Don’t Live Today,” “Voodoo Chile” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” as well as “Come On,” an Earl King song that Hendrix covered on landmark 1968 album Electric Ladyland and frequently performed live. More details from the Hall of Fame, click here.

Shepherd’s camp recently announced Sept. 28 as the release date for upcoming album, Live in Chicago. Recorded at Chicago’s House of Blues during the critically acclaimed 10 Days Out: Blues From The Backroads tour, Live in Chicago showcases Shepherd and his band, Noah Hunt, Chris Layton, Scott Nelson and Riley Osbourn, along with special guests, Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Buddy Flett, Bryan Lee and Tommy Shannon (Double Trouble).

Though an illness nearly kept Shepherd from performing that night, his heartfelt commitment to the music (and quite a lot of adrenaline) ensured that he took the stage, sharing with the audience one of the most spectacular performances of his career, and one that fans will soon be able to hear on Live in Chicago.

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