Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band - 'Trouble Is...25' April UK Tour

Great songs are not set in stone. Since he burst from the blues clubs of Louisiana onto the global music scene with 1995’s breakthrough first album, Ledbetter Heights, followed by his career defining second album, Trouble Is… in 1997, Kenny Wayne Shepherd has twisted those classic cuts into bold new shapes each night on the stage. Led by the pulse of the crowd, every last note alive in his hands, the Trouble Is… tracks have always been on the move, never settling into museum pieces.

But to give a quarter-century-old album a second birth is another matter. And in more recent times, as the five-time-Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling artist looked up the road and saw the 25th anniversary of Trouble Is… on the horizon, he hatched an audacious plan.

To join the dots from the hungry 18-year-old gunslinger who caught lightning in a bottle in 1997 to the still-questing master musician, with a lifetime’s soul under his fingers. To assemble the old crew from the original Trouble Is… sessions at the Record Plant in Sausalito, California and attack the track listing afresh. And to remind seasoned fans and new listeners alike how this album struck the match that reignited modern blues.

“One of the coolest things about re-recording Trouble Is… has been finding out – or verifying – how timeless this album really is,” says Shepherd, who also is leading a triumphant anniversary tour across the United States in 2022 and 2023, performing the album in full. “I’m so proud of what we accomplished, and also the fact I was just 18 years old when I did it. I mean, I had an experience with this album that most musicians can only dream about. Trouble Is… sold millions of copies. There’s validation in all of that for me.”

Even before Trouble Is… put him in the fast lane, Shepherd had ripped through his fledgling career like a street racer. Shown the path by his dad – a renowned Louisiana radio personality and promoter who spun classic blues at home and introduced his son to the legends who made it – Shepherd was soon displaying his own peerless skill with a Fender Stratocaster, fusing a scholarly appreciation of the genre with his own rip-it-up modern attitude.

Iconic blues-rocker and 5 times Grammy nominated Kenny Wayne Shepherd will be bringing his platinum selling ‘Trouble Is…’ album anniversary world tour to the UK in April.

The band will be playing the following shows:


18 Apr – Parr Hall, Warrington
19 Apr – Queens Hall, Edinburgh
20 Apr – Tyne Theatre, Newcastle
21 Apr – Picturedrome, Holmfirth
22 Apr – De La War Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea
23 Apr – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London


The band will be playing the iconic album in full including his megahits Blue on Black and True Lies.  The songs have already had 70m+ Spotify streams between them and in 2020 Blue on Black was covered by Five Finger Death Punch and Brian May ft Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The video has already had over 122m views, you can watch it HERE


Check out their 2022 re-recording of “Blues on Black” here

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