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Kenny Wayne Shepherd

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd (June 12, 1977-) is an American Blues musician. Shepherd was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. Self-taught, he began playing guitar at age 7, figuring out Muddy Waters licks from his father's record collection.

At age of 13, he was invited onstage by the New Orleans bluesman Brian Lee and Stevie Ray Vaughan. After proving his abilities, he decided on music as a career.

Using his own contacts in the record business Shepherd's father and manager, Wayne "Shotgun" Shepherd (a Shreveport celebrity and DJ) helped his son land a major-label record deal with Giant Records. In 1995, his debut album was entitled Ledbetter Heights and featured original material and a few covers.

Shepherd is honored for his mastery of many styles, but Chicago blues he does not touch, as Shepherd's home is in the middle of the Texas triangle.

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