Kenny Wayne Shepherd has revealed a brand new track ‘Nothing But The Night’, taken from the upcoming album Lay It On Down, which is out July 21st via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.
Speaking about the how the track differs from what he and his band are usually associated with, Shepherd says “Blazing guitar, rocking grooves, aggressive playing and stuff. But I wanted there to be a variety of textures and grooves and feelings and emotions conveyed through this record. So Nothing But The Night, doesn’t sound like any other song we’ve ever recorded. It’s a smoky, vibey kind of song.”
In January, when Shepherd and his band entered the Echophone Studios in Shreveport, Louisiana, the mission statement was nothing if not ambitious: the greatest songs of Shepherd’s career. No more. No less. “The point of this album,” he says, “was that I wanted to put a heavy emphasis on the songs themselves and the writing behind them. I wanted each song to really stand on its own with the songwriting, the music, the words.”
Lay It On Down began when he headed South to write alongside the cream of Nashville. “I’ve been pretty busy over the past several years, between my band and The Rides,” he adds. “But when I got gaps in my schedule here and there, over the last year-and-a-half, I’d make trips to Nashville to write songs for this new record. Some people I’ve written with my entire career, like Mark Selby and Tia Sillers. Then there were some new people, like Danny Myrick, Dylan Altman and Keith Stegall and my co-producer, Marshall Altman.”
These songs are eloquent snapshots, taken both from Shepherd’s own life and others. “This album is somewhat of a window into my soul,” he says. “But it’s also a window into my observations. Hard Lesson Learned, that’s a painful song. It’s a guy who falls madly in love with this woman, and she’s just bad news for him. Baby Got Gone, that’s just about this whimsical girl. The guy is kind of infatuated with her. She’s beautiful, she’s fun to be around, but she can’t stay in one place too long. She’s just kinda beyond commitment, a free spirit.” Elsewhere, Lay It On Down pinballs from escapist fantasy to harsh reality.”Every song is on there to tell a good story,” explains Shepherd. “And I think if you listen to the album in its entirety, each song takes you on a different journey.
UK Tour Dates:
Sat 29 July – Ramblin’ Man Fair, Maidstone (Headline Outlaw Country Stage)
Sun 30 July – The Picturedrome, Holmfirth – SOLD OUT
Fri 27 October – Mr Kyps, Bournemouth
Sat 28 October – London Bluesfest, O2 Indigo
Mon 30 October – Assembly Rooms, Leamington Spa
Tues 31 October – Tramshed, Cardiff
Wed 1 November – Ritz, Manchester
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