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Kenny Wayne Shepherd Releasing New Album, 'How I Go,' on Aug. 2

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band are releasing their new studio album, How I Go, Aug. 2 via Roadrunner Records. The first single from the album, "Never Lookin' Back," is available digitally now.

Expect to see Shepherd and the band on the road this summer, too; their U.S. tour starts July 29 in San Diego and ends Sept. 9 in Morristown, New Jersey.

Early reports suggest that the album shows off Shepherd's songwriting skills -- in addition to his blues guitar playing, of course.

"Blues player is definitely one of the labels I've accumulated, because I'm a huge blues fan and I love to play the blues," Shepherd says in a press release. "But if you listen to my music, especially over the course of my career, everything I do is not blues. It's the foundation of what I do, but my stuff has a lot more of an edge to it.

"It's a little more contemporary. And there's a certain youthfulness to what I do. I started writing and recording music when I was a teenager and that energy has been consistent throughout my career."

The full tour schedule is below:

  • July
  • 29 San Diego, CA Humphreys
  • 30 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
  • 31 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre

August
2 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
7 Sturgis, SD Full Throttle Saloon
12 Fort Worth, TX Billy Bobs Texas
13 Bossier City, LA Horseshoe Casino
18 Sedalia, MO Missouri State Fair
19 Arnolds Park, IA Amusement Park
20 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theatre
21 Rochester Hills, MI Meadowbrook Amphitheatre
25 Foxborough, MA Showcase Live
26 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
27 Ridgefield, CT Playhouse Theatre
28 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Spa & Resort Casino
30 Allentown, PA Crocodile Park

September
1 Salem, OR LB Bay Amphitheatre
3 Coachella, CA Spotlight 29 Casino - The Spot
6 Annapolis, MD Ramshead
8 New York, NY The Fillmore
9 Morristown, NJ MayoPAC

More dates to be announced soon.

Here's some fan-shot video of "Never Lookin' Back":

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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor, and his non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories have appeared in Guitar Aficionado, Vintage Guitar, Total Guitar and countless other publications, including 13.7 metric tons of daily newspapers. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton and Ty Tabor chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (one of which appears in the 2015 Disney film 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson). He's in two NYC-area bands and plays Teles with four-way switches, B-benders and semi-snazzy aftermarket pickups. He quotes Terry-Thomas twice daily.