Kenny Wayne Shepherd has been a mainstay on the blues rock scene for years and now is a part of the newly formed supergroup The Rides, featuring Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg. We caught up with Shepherd to discuss how the group came about, The Rides’ debut album Can’t Get Enough, touring, the upcoming Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band album, and the future of blues rock. CLICK HER TO READ MORE
How did you get involved with The Rides?
Stephen [Stills] and I have known each other for about ten years, but the whole thing came about really when his manager Elliot and a friend of ours, Bill Bentley, who I’ve known for a long time, he used to work at Warner Brothers when I was an artist there. They were just having dinner and talking around the idea of would it be cool to do like a modern version of the Super Session record that Stephen was a part of with Michael Bloomfield and Al Cooper, and Barry Goldberg that played piano on all those records. And then Mike Bloomfield died a while back, so they think they needed to find another guitar player and my name came up, and Stephen, like I said, have known each other for about ten years and we jammed together several times, so I think it was a natural fit. It was somewhat of an aha moment telling each other, Stephen and I in particularly, like man why haven’t we been thinking about this sooner, you know?