Kenny Wayne Shepherd Launches New Blues Festival Tour; Announces Tour’s Details

Courtesy: Merlis For Hire

Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his fellow musicians will lead the way on a new blues tour.

The group, formally known as the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, will headline the first “Backroads Blues Tour” this summer. The brief tour is scheduled to run Aug. 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, and 21 as part of the band’s ongoing Trouble Is25th Anniversary Tour.

The “Backroads Blues Tour” will stop in Providence, RI Aug. 13, Bethel, NY on Aug. 14, Lewiston, NY on Aug. 16, Springfield, MA on Aug. 18, Roanoke, VA on Aug. 20 and Portsmouth, VA on Aug. 21. Buddy Guy and Grammy Award winner Christone “Kingfish” Ingram will joining the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band on the brief tour.

Shepherd shared his thoughts on developing the tour during a recent interview.

“These days nobody mounts a traditional touring blues festival,” he said. “I conceptualized one that will give people a chance to see the best of the best all in one place.  We are extremely excited that  Buddy Guy will be with us for each show. He is, after all, the living king of the blues these days.  Also worthy of great respect is Christone “Kingfish” Ingram who is revitalizing the blues in a potent and powerful way.

Shepherd added, “We’re featuring three successive generations of blues artists, underscoring the resonance of the genre. In the past, I really looked forward to those blues packages both as a fan and as an artist, so I decided to bring the concept back with the Backroads Blues Festival tour. “Those were very special shows and once that ended there was a void.  Our Backwoods Blues Festival Tour is firmly rooted in that same tradition.”  

Guy also shared his enthusiasm for taking part in the tour.

“I’m excited to be part of the first annual Backroads Blues Festival and back out with Kenny Wayne and looking forward to jamming with Kenny and Kingfish,” he said. ““It’s possible we could do an all-acoustic show; we want to be as inclusive as possible.”

Ingram said he is also looking forward to the tour.

“To be back touring again is really great and the opportunity to join Mr. Guy and Mr. Shepherd on stage will be electric,” Ingram said. “These tour dates will be lots of fun.”

The full scheduled for the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band’s upcoming tour dates is noted below.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band on tour (Backwoods Blues Festival Tour dates in blue)

4/7                   Kansas City, MO           Uptown Theater

4/8                   Springfield, MO             Gillioz Theatre

4/9                   New Buffalo, MI            Four Winds Casino

4/13                  Warren, OH                  Robins Theatre

4/14                  Glenside, PA                Keswick, Theater

4/15                  Greensburg, PA           Palace Theatre

4/16                  Carmel, IN                    Palladium

4/26                  Midland, MI                   Center for the Arts

4/27                  Champaign, IL              Virginia Theater

4/28                  Milwaukee, WI              Pabst Theatre

4/29                  Green Bay, WI              Epic Event Center

5/1                    Fargo, ND                     Fargo Theater

5/3                   Sioux Falls, SD             The District

5/5                   Ft. Collins, CO              Lincoln Center

5/6                   Denver, CO                  Paramount Theatre

5/7                   Pikes Peak, CO            Pikes Peak Center

5/19                 Norwalk, CT                  Wallstreet Theatre

5/20                  New Brunswick, NJ       State Theatre

5/22                  Annapolis, MD              Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival

5/28                  Marksville, LA               Paragon Casino

6/11                  Ft. Wayne, IN                Sweetwater *

6/12                  Kettering, OH                Fraze Pavilion *

6/17                  Aurora, IL                     Blues on the Fox

6/24                  Wichita, KS                   Hartman Arena (with ZZ Top)

7/9                   Nescopeck, PA             Briggs Farm Blues Fest

7/15                  Houston, TX                 House of Blues

7/16                  Austin, TX                     ACL Live at Moody Theatre

7/30                  Baton Rouge, LA          River Center

8/13                  Providence, RI              Bold Point Park

8/14                  Bethel, NY                    Bethel Amphitheatre

8/16                  Lewiston, NY                Artpark

8/18                  Springfield, MA             Symphony Hall

8/19                  Wantagh, NY                Jones Beach

8/20                  Roanoke, VA                Elmwood Park

8/21                  Portsmouth, VA             Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion 

8/22                  Ocean City, NJ              Ocean City Music Pier

9/17                 Biloxi, MS                      IP Casino & Resort

9/29                  San Diego, CA              Humphreys by the Bay

9/30                  Saratoga, CA                Mountain Winery

10/2                  Reno, NV                      Battle Axe & Tracks Festival

*KWS birthday celebration with Samantha Fish, the Ally Venable Band and special guest Shemekia Copeland

More information on the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band’s run on the inaugural “Backwoods Blues Festival Tour” is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://kennywayneshepherd.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kennywayneshepherd

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kwshepherd

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ZZ Top Debuts New “Live” Recording’s First Single

Courtesy: Merlis For Hire

ZZ Top released the first single from its new “live” recording, Raw, this week.

The band released the single, ‘Brown Sugar‘ Thursday. Originally featured as part of the band’s 1971 debut album, ZZ Top’s First Album, the song was one of many performed during the filming of the band’s 2020 Netflix documentary That Little Ol’ Band From Texas. The video for the band’s performance of ‘Brown Sugar’ premiered in January 2020.

Front man Billy F. Gibbons talked about ‘Brown Sugar’ in a prepared statement.

“‘Brown Sugar’ has been sweetening our concert sets for many decades now, so it seemed like the right song to kick off Raw,” Gibbons said. “The Gruene Hall session was a satisfying return to our roots and a very special circumstance that we’re delighted to share with the friends and fans who have stuck with us all this time.”

‘Brown Sugar’ and all of the other songs featured in Raw were recorded at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, TX. The songs are all culled from ZZ Top’s extensive catalog. The venue is the state’s oldest live music venue, reaching all the way back to 1878.

Raw will release on CD, 180-gram vinyl, and all digital platforms. The record’s track listing is noted below.

RAW Tracklisting:

Side 1

Brown Sugar

Just Got Paid

Heard It On The X

La Grange

Tush

Thunderbird 

Side 2

I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide

Gimme All Your Lovin’

Blue Jean Blues

Certified Blues

Tube Snake Boogie

In related news, ZZ Top will embark on a new tour in support of its new compilation record titled the Raw Whisky Tour. The tour, which will feature new bassist Elwood Francis with front man Billy F. Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard, is scheduled to launch May 6 in Niagra Falls, ON. It is scheduled to run through Aug. 27 in Beaver Dam, KY and features performances in cities, such as Loveland, CO; Saratoga, CA and Gran Island, NE.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are on sale.

Date:               City / State:                             Venue:

May 6               Niagara Falls, ON, CAN           Fallsview Casino Resort

May 2               Paso Robles, CA                     Vina Robles Amphitheatre

June 1              Redding, CA                            Redding Civic Auditorium

June 2              Saratoga, CA                           The Mountain Winery

June 5             Jacksonville, OR                      Britt Pavilion

June 7              Bend, OR                                 Hayden Homes Amphitheater

June 8              Walla Walla, WA                      Wine Country Amphitheater

June 9              Spokane, WA                           First Interstate Center for the Arts

June 12            Billings, MT                              MetraPark – First Interstate Arena

June 14            Grand Junction, CO                 Las Colonias Park Amphitheater

June 17            Tucson, AZ                              Casino Del Sol’s AVA Amphitheater

June 19            Colorado Springs, CO              Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts

June 21            Loveland, CO                           Budweiser Events Center

June 22            Grand Island, NE                     Fonner Park – Heartland Events Center

June 24            Park City, KS                           Hartman Arena

June 25            Oklahoma City, OK                  Zoo Amphitheatre

June 26            Little Rock, AR                         First Security Amphitheater

June 29            Rogers, AR                              Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion

July 1               Toledo, OH                              Toledo Zoo & Aquarium – Amphitheater

July 2               Sterling Heights, MI                 Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre,Freedom Hill

July 5               Fort Wayne, IN                        Foellinger Theater

July 9               Greenville, WI                          Greenville Lion’s Park  

July 22             Boston, MA                              Leader Bank Pavilion 

July 23           Watertown, NY                          Watertown Fairgrounds Baseball Diamond    Aug 27            Beaver Dam, KY                      Beaver Dam Amphitheater

More information on ZZ Top’s new documentary soundtrack and tour is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://www.zztop.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/ZZTop

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/zztop

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ZZ Top Announces New Album, Tour Details

Courtesy: Merlis For Hire

ZZ Top will release its latest album this summer.

The band is scheduled to release its new album, Raw, July 22 through Shelter Records/BMG. The album was recorded in connection with the band’s 2020 Netflix documentary That Little Ol’ Band From Texas. The album is billed as the soundtrack to the documentary and features songs, such as ‘Tube Snake Boogie,’ ‘LaGrange,’ and ‘Brown Sugar.’

Raw will release on CD, 180-gram vinyl, and all digital platforms. The record’s track listing is noted below.

RAW Tracklisting:

Side 1

Brown Sugar

Just Got Paid

Heard It On The X

La Grange

Tush

Thunderbird 

Side 2

I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide

Gimme All Your Lovin’

Blue Jean Blues

Certified Blues

Tube Snake Boogie

In related news, ZZ Top will embark on a new tour in support of its new compilation record titled the Raw Whisky Tour. The tour, which will feature new bassist Elwood Francis with front man Billy F. Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard, is scheduled to launch May 6 in Niagra Falls, ON. It is scheduled to run through Aug. 27 in Beaver Dam, KY and features performances in cities, such as Loveland, CO; Saratoga, CA and Gran Island, NE.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are on sale.

Date:               City / State:                             Venue:

May 6               Niagara Falls, ON, CAN           Fallsview Casino Resort

May 2               Paso Robles, CA                     Vina Robles Amphitheatre

June 1              Redding, CA                            Redding Civic Auditorium

June 2              Saratoga, CA                           The Mountain Winery

June 5             Jacksonville, OR                      Britt Pavilion

June 7              Bend, OR                                 Hayden Homes Amphitheater

June 8              Walla Walla, WA                      Wine Country Amphitheater

June 9              Spokane, WA                           First Interstate Center for the Arts

June 12            Billings, MT                              MetraPark – First Interstate Arena

June 14            Grand Junction, CO                 Las Colonias Park Amphitheater

June 17            Tucson, AZ                              Casino Del Sol’s AVA Amphitheater

June 19            Colorado Springs, CO              Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts

June 21            Loveland, CO                           Budweiser Events Center

June 22            Grand Island, NE                     Fonner Park – Heartland Events Center

June 24            Park City, KS                           Hartman Arena

June 25            Oklahoma City, OK                  Zoo Amphitheatre

June 26            Little Rock, AR                         First Security Amphitheater

June 29            Rogers, AR                              Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion

July 1               Toledo, OH                              Toledo Zoo & Aquarium – Amphitheater

July 2               Sterling Heights, MI                 Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre,Freedom Hill

July 5               Fort Wayne, IN                        Foellinger Theater

July 9               Greenville, WI                          Greenville Lion’s Park  

July 22             Boston, MA                              Leader Bank Pavilion 

July 23           Watertown, NY                          Watertown Fairgrounds Baseball Diamond    Aug 27            Beaver Dam, KY                      Beaver Dam Amphitheater

More information on ZZ Top’s new documentary soundtrack and tour is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://www.zztop.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/ZZTop

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/zztop

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ZZ Top, Gregg Allman Announce Summer/Fall 2016 Tour

Courtesy:  Merlis For Hire

Courtesy: Merlis For Hire

ZZ Top and Gregg Allman will tour together this summer and fall.

The veteran rockers announced this week that they will launch a tour Tuesday, August 16th in Huber Heights, Ohio.  The tour will be split up into three distinct legs with the first leg taking the acts through the Midwest.  That leg runs through Sunday, August 21st.  The second leg of the tour—its longest—will take them throughout the northeast.  It runs from Tuesday, August 23rd to Sunday, September 4th.  The tour’s third leg brings the acts to New Mexico on September 24th and then to Colorado on the 25th before heading to California and Nevada for the remainder of the tour’s closing leg.  ZZ Top will be performing some dates on the tour alone.  Those dates are noted along with the rest of the tour’s dates below.

 

ZZ Top/Gregg Allman tour dates

Aug-16           Huber Heights, OH              Rose Music Center

Aug-17           Clarkston, MI                       DTE Entergy Music Theatre

Aug-19           Anderson, IN                        Hoosier Park Racing & Casino*

Aug-20           Fort McCoy, WI                    Ft. McCoy Army Base

Aug-21           Springfield, IL                       Illinois State Fairgrounds

Aug-23           Darien Center, NY                Darien Lake PAC

Aug-24           Albany, NY                           Times Union Center

Aug-26           Atlantic City, NJ                    Event Center @ Borgata

Aug-27           Essex Junction, VT              Champlain Valley

Aug-28           Boston, MA                           Blue Hills Bank Pavillion

Aug-30           Hyannis, MA                         Cape Cod Melody Tent*

Aug-31           Hartford, CT                          Xfinity Theatre

Sep-1             Holmdel, NJ                          PNC Bank Arts Center

Sep-3             Syracuse, NY                        Lakeview Amphitheater

Sep-4             Portland, ME                         Maine State Pier*

Sep-24           Albuquerque, NM                  Sandia Casino

Sep-25           Morrison, CO                         Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Sep-29           San Luis Obispo, CA             Avila Beach Concerts*

Sep-30           Murphys, CA                         Ironstone Amphitheatre

Oct-1              Saratoga, CA                        The Mountain Winery

Oct-2              Saratoga, CA                        The Mountain Winery

Oct-4              San Diego, CA                      Humphrey’s*

Oct-6              Los Angeles, CA                   Greek Theatre

Oct-7              Las Vegas, NV                     The Pearl

Oct-8              Rancho Mirage, CA             Agua Caliente Casino*

 

*ZZ Top only

 

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