Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band’s The Traveler (Concord Records) Debuts At #1 On Billboard Blues + Americana/Folk Charts, #3 On Top Current Rock Albums | Shore Fire Media

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band’s The Traveler (Concord Records) Debuts At #1 On Billboard Blues + Americana/Folk Charts, #3 On Top Current Rock Albums

24 years since his debut album was released, Kenny Wayne Shepherd continues to top the charts. Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band’s The Traveler (Concord Records) debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues chart and #1 on the Americana/Folk chart this week. It is also #3 on Top Current Rock Albums, in the Top Ten on Current Physical Albums and Top Current Albums charts, and debuted in the Billboard 200. Continuing a remarkable run, this is Kenny’s ninth album to hit #1 on the Billboard Blues chart. A new recording of Kenny’s break-out single “Blue On Black,” originally released in 1997, is also currently #1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart. The new recording features Kenny, Five Finger Death Punch, Brian May, and Brantley Gilbert, with all proceeds going to the Gary Sinise Foundation in support of First Responders. 

The Traveler is a hard-charging collection of some of the most distinctive music of Kenny Wayne’s storied career. It includes several new originals plus fresh takes on Buffalo Springfield’s “Mr. Soul” and Joe Walsh’s “Turn To Stone,” and was recorded in Los Angeles during a short break in a relentless touring schedule.

Watch the “Women Like You” video here:

Listen to “Tailwind” here:

The Traveler features Kenny, vocalist Noah Hunt, drummer Chris “Whipper” Layton, bassist Kevin McCormick, and keyboardists Jimmy McGorman and Joe Krown. It was co-produced by Shepherd and Marshall Altman.  

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will also be touring from June-August, including several co-headline shows with Buddy Guy. Full itinerary is below.


The Traveler continues Shepherd’s trajectory of quality. The diversity in his musical approach, songwriting consistency, organic production, and passionate performances place it over and above anything else in his catalog to date."

– AllMusic, 4 out of 5 stars


“Kenny Wayne Shepherd comes out burning…10 tracks that will knock your socks off.”

– Elmore, 97/100


"The songs themselves … are as good as ever, with Shepherd and Hunt’s vocal harmonies and swaggering rhythms coming to the forefront."

-Glide Magazine


Tour dates:

*June 11 – Huber Heights, OH / The Rose Music Center at the Heights

*June 13 – Rochester Hills, MI / Meadow Brook Amphitheatre

June 14 – Fort Wayne, IN / Performance Pavilion

June 15 – Buffalo, MI / Four Winds Casino Resort

*June 16 – Cincinnati, OH / PNC Pavilion

*June 18 – Red Bank, NJ / Hackensack Meridian Health Center @ Count Basie Center

*June 19 – Westbury, NY / NYCB Theatre at Westbury

*June 20 – Hampton NH / Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

*June 21 – Providence, RI / Bold Point Park

*June 22 – Westbrook, ME / Maine Savings at Pavilion at Rock Row

*June 23 – Vienna, VA / Filene Center

June 29 – Berlin, DE / Verti Music Hall

June 30 – Loket, CZ / Loket Castle

July 1 – Bochum, DE / RuhrCongress Bochum

July 2 – Montreux, CH / Montreux Jazz Festival

July 3 – Hamburg, DE / Stadtpark

July 5 – Bensheim, DE / Musiktheater

July 6 – Gaildorf, DE / BluesFest at Schwabisch Hall

July 7 – Chiari, IT / Chiari Blues Festival

July 9 – Munich, DE / Tollwood Festival

July 10 – Zurich / Kaufleuten

July 12 – Suwalki, PL / Suwalki Blues Festival

July 13 – Rotterdam, NE / North Sea Jazz Festival

July 16 – Edinburgh, UK / Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

July 17 – Newcastle, UK / Boiler Shop

July 18 – Sheffield, UK / The Leadmill

July 19 – Salisbury, UK / City Hall

July 20 – Maidstone, Kent, UK – Ramblin’ Man Fair

July 21 – Peer, BE – Blues Peer

July 26 – Batavia, NY / Batavia Downs Gaming

July 27 – Atlantic City, NJ / Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

*August 22 - Milwaukee, WI / Riverside Theater

*August 24 - Louisville, KY / Iroquois Amphitheater

*August 27 - Wichita, KS/ Cotillion Ballroom

*August 28 - Omaha, NE / Ralston Arena

*August 29 - Mankato, MN / Vetter Stone Amphitheater

*August 30 - Cedar Rapids / IA McGrath Amphitheatre

* = Co-Headline With Buddy Guy