Kenny Wayne Shepherd: those SRV clone accusations came from a jealous place

Kenny Wayne Shepherd
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“The people who slammed me early on because they thought I was copying Stevie Ray Vaughan were acting out of jealousy to some degree,” says Kenny Wayne Shepherd regarding the 'SRV clone' accusations that dogged him in his early years.

“Perhaps they wish that their own career had gone a little bit further, so they despise you for yours. I was sensitive at first, but I had the entire Double Trouble band on my second album [Trouble Is…], and their approval definitely outweighed the negative vibe some people tried to lay on me.”

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Mark McStea

Mark is a freelance writer with particular expertise in the fields of ‘70s glam, punk, rockabilly and classic ‘50s rock and roll. He sings and plays guitar in his own musical project, Star Studded Sham, which has been described as sounding like the hits of T. Rex and Slade as played by Johnny Thunders. He had several indie hits with his band, Private Sector and has worked with a host of UK punk luminaries. Mark also presents themed radio shows for Generating Steam Heat. He has just completed his first novel, The Bulletproof Truth, and is currently working on the sequel.