Jonny Lang, KWS Join Forces
Jonny Lang and KWS Announce Tour
Photography by Larry Philpot
Renowned guitarists Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd have joined forces for a month long tour beginning in June for the first time ever. The tour will kick off in Portland, Maine on June 11th and work its way down the East Coast, finishing with a stop in Louisville, Kentucky on June, 28th. For all tour dates, see list below. Visit Live Nation for ticket information.
The two artists share a similar path to stardom. A former guitar phenom, Lang is most noted for his soulful voice, and guitar solos. When only 13 years old his voice was compared to that of a much older bluesman. Looking back at the early photos and videos, it was hard to imagine that a voice that mature and soulful could come from such a young man. Lang has long been established as a favorite of much older accomplished artists and has toured with the likes of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck and the Rolling Stones to name a few. Lang was asked by Eric Clapton to participate in the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2004.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd began honing his skills as a guitarist at the age of seven after meeting Stevie Ray Vaughn. KWS is completely self taught and has been influenced by many great guitarists. Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, B.B. King and many others. At the age of thirteen Sheppard was invited to play onstage by Bryan Lee a New Orleans bluesman. It was then, that KWS decided that music was what he would do. Led by his father, KWS was helped along with his father’s contacts in the music business and a star was born. His first album, Leadbetter Heights sold over 500,000 copies by 1996. Very few blues records achieve that kind of success, let alone by a teenager. To have these two accomplished veterans joining forces and touring together is a dream come true for any fan of blues guitarists. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see two great artists together for the first time.
June 11 – Portland, Maine, Maine State Pier
June 13 – Hyannis, Maine, Cape Cod Melody Tent
June 14 – Wilkes-Barre, Pa., F.M. Kirby Center For Perf. Arts
June 16 – Westbury, N.Y., The Space At Westbury
June 17 – New Haven, Conn., College Street Music Hall
June 18 – Port Chester, N.Y., The Capitol Theatre
June 19 – Lowell, Mass., Boarding House Park (Lowell Summer Music Series)
June 21 – Kingston, N.Y., Ulster Performing Arts Center
June 23 – Cleveland, Ohio, Hard Rock Live
June 24 – Huber Heights, Ohio, Music Center at The Heights
June 26 – Merrillville, Ind., Star Plaza Theatre
June 27 – Columbus, Ohio, Scioto Downs
June 28 – Louisville, Ky., The Kentucky Center For The Performing Arts
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