New Single from Kenny Wayne Shepherd


Diamonds & Gold,” the new single from Lay It On Down, five-time Grammy nominee and critically acclaimed guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s forthcoming ninth album.


Lay It On Down is due August 4 on Concord Records. Recorded at Echophone Studios in Shepherd’s hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana and produced by Shepherd with Marshall Altman (Matt Nathanson, Natasha Bedingfield, Kate Voegele), the album was largely recorded live in the studio to analog tape.

Shepherd’s band on Lay It On Down features his long-time lead vocalist Noah Hunt, the rhythm section from Shepherd’s supergroup side project The RIDES, Chris Layton (drums) and Kevin McCormick (bass), and keyboardist Jimmy McGorman. “I’m proud of the album we have delivered to the fans and I think they’ll be excited by what they hear,” notes Shepherd. “The band we’ve assembled did a fantastic job bringing these songs to life and conveying the musical message to the listener. Now we are looking forward to bringing this new music to the live show to watch it develop even more.”

Shepherd further discusses the writing/recording process in the new album’s video trailer:

Shepherd will celebrate the album’s release with a U.S. tour that kicks off August 9 in Westbury, NY.  

August 9 Westbury, NY – The Space at Westbury
August 10 Albany, NY – The Egg
August 11 Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Live
August 12 Peoria, IL – Riverfront Park
August 14 Annapolis, MD – Rams Head on Stage 
August 15 Annapolis, MD –Rams Head on Stage
August 16 Morristown, NJ- Mayo Performing Arts Center
August 18 Portland, ME – Aura
August 19 Northampton, MA  – Calvin Theatre
August 20 Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
August 22 Bar Harbor, ME – Criterion Theatre
August 23 Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
August 25 Harrisburg, PA – Whitaker Center
August 26 –E. Providence, RI – Bold Point Park
August 27 Beverly, MA – Cabot Theatre
September 1 Milwaukee, WI – Harley Davidson Museum
September 8 Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre
September 9 Redwood City, CA – Fox Theatre
September 10 Guerneville, CA – Russian River Jazz Festival
September 15 Cottonwood, AZ – Thunder Valley Rally
September 16 Las Vegas, NV – Tropicana Theater
September 18 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
September 19 Des Moines, IA – Hoy Sherman Place
September 21 Wichita, KS – The Cotillion Ballroom
September 22 Springfield, MO – Gillioz Theatre
September 23 Louisville, KY – Bourbon & Beyond Festival
October 14 Merrillville, IN – Star Plaza Theatre


Radney Foster Announces New CD + Book Duo

Legendary artist Radney Foster announced his latest project–a CD/book combo titled For You To See The Stars will be released on September 15. The collection of short stories, released via Working Title Farm, will be Foster’s very first print publication. The record (Devil’s River Records) marks Foster’s eleventh studio album and will feature nine new songs, along with a special re-recording of his top single, “Raining on Sunday.”

While it’s evident that Texas has always been an inspiration for his music, in For You To See The Stars, Foster explores various landscapes, both physical and emotional, from the story of a retired spy in New Orleans, to the tale of a Dallas lawyer wandering the Rocky Mountains in search of redemption, to a post apocalyptic parable of a world in endless war.

The beauty of this CD/book combo lives within Foster’s extensive imagery, which not only further expands the meaning behind Foster’s songs, but gives the reader a look at the thought process behind his songwriting. “For me, the goal of writing is always to touch that one person so much that they wonder how I got a peek into their living room–how I understood exactly what they felt. More than just rhyming or having a pretty melody, I try to express a part of the human condition that can make someone want to laugh, cry, make love, or all of the above.”

Foster has written eight number one hit singles, including his own “Nobody Wins,” and “Crazy Over You” with duo Foster & Lloyd. His discography contains countless cuts by artists ranging anywhere from country (Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, Luke Bryan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) to contemporary (Marc Broussard, Hootie & The Blowfish, Kenny Loggins, Los Lonely Boys).

For You To See The Stars is Foster at his classic storytelling best, both as a seasoned singer/songwriter and a soulful writer of prose. Although both components stand alone as separate pieces of art– they are meant to be enjoyed together for a reason. When coupled, the book and CD give fans a deeper insight into the subconscious of Foster’s storytelling. Journalist Peter Cooper puts it best, “Radney Foster writes with uncommon depth of emotion, humor, empathy, and clarity. I’m going to ask him how he does it, and if he tells me I’ll let you in on his secret. Until then, it’s best that we read, wonder, and revel.”

Pre-order the album and book here.

Tour Dates:

July 20, 22, 23 – Fort Garland, CO – Fir Summit Amphitheater
July 28 – Beacon, NY – Towne Crier Cafe
July 30 – Woodbridge, NJ – Music on Main Street
Aug. 5 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Pavillion
Sept. 1 – Phoenix, AZ – Musical Instrument Museum
Sept. 7 – Big Rapids, MI – Ferris State University
Sept. 8 & 9 – Remus, MI – Wheatland Music & Arts Festival
Sept. 13- Nashville, TN – Grimey’s (Americana Fest)
Sept. 14-17 – New Orleans, LA – Southern Independent Bookseller’s Association
Sept. 19 – New York City – Joe’s Pub
Sept. 20 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton
Sept. 22 – Amesbury, MA – Amesbury Harvest Fair & Country Music Festival
Sept. 26 – Waterloo – Austin, TX
Sept. 28 – Austin, TX – Stateside at the Paramount
Sept. 29 & 30 – Houston, TX – The Mucky Duck
Oct. 1 – Kemah, TX – Galveston Bay Songwriters Festival
Oct. 5 – Dallas, TX – The Kessler
Oct. 6 – San Antonio, TX – Sam’s Burger Joint
Oct. 7 – Port Aransas, TX – Cinnamon Shores Subdivision
Oct. 14 + 15, Nashville, TN – Southern Festival of Books
Oct. 17 – Nashville, TN – Parnassus Books
Oct. 18 – Columbus, OH – Natalie’s
Oct. 20 – Chicago, IL Old Town School of Folk Music
Oct. 21 – Wheeler Arts Center – Indianapolis, IN
Oct. 24 – Sylva, NC – City Lights Bookstore
Oct. 25 – Boone, NC – Foggy Pine Books
Oct. 26 – Claremont, NC Library benefit
Oct. 28 – Nashville, TN – City Winery
Nov. 1 – Washington DC – The Hamilton
Nov. 16 – Charleston, SC – The Woofle Street Playhouse
Nov. 17 – Asheville, NC – Isis Music Hall
Nov. 18 – Duluth, GA – Red Clay Theatre
Nov. 19 – Birmingham, AL – Moonlight on the Mountain
Nov. 29 – Kenney, TX – The Kenney Store
Nov. 30 – Beaumont, TX – Courville’s
Dec. 1 – Baton Rouge, LA – The Red Dragon
Dec. 2 – Houston, TX – The Mucky Duck