Trouble Is… Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s much anticipated follow up release to the hugely successful Ledbetter Heights.
Having established himself as one of the most gifted guitarists to arrive in years. Trouble Is… is an astonishingly, powerful follow-up that features the mega-hit “Blue On Black” which was No. 1 on Mainstream Rock Radio Charts for an astonishing 17 consecutive weeks (breaking records for the most consecutive weeks at # 1) and is, to this day, a staple at rock radio around the globe.
Trouble Is… ensured the press and public alike that Kenny was an artist with a boundless future ahead of him. A stinging set of electric blues played with passionate conviction, Trouble Is… features four top ten radio hits including, “Slow Ride”, “Somehow, Somewhere, Someway”, “Everything Is Broken” and of course, “Blue On Black”. This was his second record to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Blues Charts and for nearly two years stayed in the top ten. The album also broke into the Billboard Top 200 as well as the Hot 100.
The album was produced by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Harrison and was the beginning of a long-term collaboration between Harrison and Shepherd. Trouble Is… also features musical guests on the record including Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon and Reese Wynans of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble as well as James Cotton (of both Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf’s bands).
Trouble Is… was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1998 and Platinum in 1999 and also garnered Kenny’s first Grammy nomination. Additionally, Kenny received two Billboard Music Awards as well as an Orville H. Gibson Award among other accolades.