Tent Show Radio: Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Tent Show Radio: Kenny Wayne Shepherd

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Broadcast Schedule

1st Airing: 3/7/15
2nd Airing: 8/28/15

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Michael Perry

This past summer we were thrilled to see bluesy guitar man Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his electrifying band as they tore up the tent!

Shepherd was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and is “completely self-taught”, and does not read music. Growing up, Shepherd’s father was a local radio personality and some-time concert promoter, and had a vast collection of music. Shepherd got his first “guitar” at the age of three or four, when his grandmother purchased a series of several plastic guitars for him with S&H Green Stamps, which Shepherd has said he would “go through like candy”  Shepherd stated in a 2011 interview that he began playing guitar in earnest at age seven, about six months after meeting and being “pretty mesmerized” by Stevie Ray Vaughan, in June 1984, at one of his father’s promoted concerts. His self-taught method employed a process of learning one note at a time, playing and rewinding cassette tapes, using “a cheap Yamaha wanna-be Stratocaster…made out of plywood, basically”, and learning to play by following along with material from his father’s record collection.

Program Notes Backstage Monologue

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ – Mike discusses his diastema and why he is worried his daughter’s orthodontist might be spending all his (Mike’s) money on bubble gum.


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