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Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Beth Hart Band

Drusky Entertainment & Kirschner Concerts Present

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Beth Hart Band

Tue, July 17, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA

Greensburg, PA

$44.75 - $95.00

This event is all ages

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
There are few artists whose names are synonymous with one instrument and how it's played in service to an entire genre.Utter the phrase "young blues rock guitarist" within earshot of anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the modern musical vanguard and the first name they are most likely to respond with will be Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The Louisiana born axeman and songsmith has sold millions of albums while throwing singles into the Top 10, shining a light on the rich blues of the past and forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound he has embodied since his teens.In a 20+year recording career that began when he was just 16, Shepherd has established himself as an immensely popular recording artist, a consistently in-demand live act and an influential force in a worldwide resurgence of interest in the blues.From television performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (amongst others) to features in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Maxim Magazine, Blender, Spin, USA Today and more, his musical career has been nothing short ofphenomenal.At 16 years old, he signed his first record deal and burst onto the national scene with the release of his 1995 debut album Ledbetter Heights, which produced the radio hits "Deja Voodoo," "Born with a Broken Heart" and "Shame, Shame, Shame." His relentless touring and success on rock radio helped to drive the album to Platinum sales status. His 1998 sophomore effort Trouble Is...also went Platinum, yielding such radio hits as "Blue on Black," "True Lies" and "Somehow, Somewhere, Someway." 1999's Live Onspawned the radio hits "In 2 Deep", "Shotgun Blues" and "Last Goodbye."2004's The Place You're Inwas a blistering rock record and was followed up by 2007's ambitious 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroadsdvd documentary and soundtrackfor which Shepherd and his band traveled throughout the American Southand midwestto record with such vintage blues greats as B.B. King, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins and David "Honeyboy" Edwards on their home turf.
2010 saw the release of Shepherd's long-awaited first live album, Live! In Chicago, recorded at Chicago's House of Blues during the all-star Legends tour and featuring guest appearances by such blues legends as Hubert Sumlin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smithand Bryan Lee. The live disc debuted at #1 on Billboard's Blues chart, as did 2011's How I Go. In 2013. Shepherd further expanded his musical horizons by teaming with veteran rockers Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg to form THE RIDES, resulting in two critically acclaimedalbums, Can't Get Enoughand Pierced Arrowhelped to expand Shepherd's audience as well as his musical resume. 2014 saw the releaseof Goin’ Home, Shepherd’s seventh# 1 debut on the Billboard Blues charts. Goin’ Homefeatures several talented friends who shared Shepherd's enthusiasm for the project's back-to-basics ethos. Those guests include fellow guitar icons Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes, Keb' Mo' and Robert Randolph, longtime friend Ringo Starr, Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson, the Rebirth Brass Band and co-producer Blade's father, Pastor Brady Blade Sr., who lends a bracing dose of preaching to Shepherd's version of Bo Diddley's’ "You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover."August 4, 2017 was thereleasedateof the latest KWSB studio album, Lay It On Down. Debuting at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart, #1 on the Rock Chart, #1 on the Internet Chart and #5 on the over-all Top 200 Current Album Chart, this album features all new material written by Kenny and several of his friends. Recorded at home in Shreveport and co-produced by Marshall Altman, Lay It On Downhas spent seven weeks at thetop of the Blues chart. BLUES ROCK REVIEW–“With this being the first batch of original material from the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band in six years,expectations were high. Consider those expectations exceeded.LayItOnDownruns the gamut of modern day blues rock with its great songs, playing, and variety. There mightnot be a blues rock album this year that topsLayItOnDown, it’s that good. Well worth the wait,LayItOnDownis blues rock at its finest and a strong album of the year contender.”ALL MUSIC –“Lay It on Downfeels like an intentional retort toGoin' Home,Kenny Wayne Shepherd's 2014 back-to-the-blues platter. AlthoughShepherdnever abandons the blues, either as a color or a sensibility, he expands his palette considerably on this 2017 album, opening himselfup to soul, country, and hard rock...This variety, when melded with such tasteful execution, turnsLay It on Downinto not only one ofShepherd's richest records but one of his best.”
AMERICAN SONGWRITER-There’s sufficient nitro-burning, blues-drenched shredding to keep live audiences playing their air guitars. But Shepherd’s obvious attention to and insistence on exceptional materialwith musical, if perhaps not always lyrical, inventiveness continues to impress, and 22 years into his career raises him andLay It On Downabove his plentiful competition.DGM -Kenny Wayne Shepherd surrounds himself with accomplished musicians for a reason. They bring out the best in him, and here Shepherd sounds as fresh and heartfelt as he has in decades. His playing is of the same high quality that one would expect, but on this album, Shepherd exceeds all expectations, and better still, you don’t need to be a guitar geek to enjoy his incendiary playing.Kenny Wayne Shepherd BandNoah Hunt –VocalsA native of Cincinnati Ohio, Noah has a deep past as a musician, songwriter and vocalist. Noah's musical journey began at the age of four when he started taking piano lessons and sang in church choir. While in college he formed a very popular Cincinnati based band Uncle Six and recorded four albums. It was in 1998 that Noah was tapped to be the lead singer for the KWSBand where his signature vocals have been an integral part of the band's success for the past 21 years.Chris “Whipper”Layton–Drums Originally from Corpus Christi, Texas Chris moved to Austin Texas in 1975, and three years later joined the newly formed Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble. Arguably the best shuffle drummer in thebusiness, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Chris "Whipper" Layton has been a part of the KWS family since he joined Kenny in the studio to record Ledbetter Heights. Since then Chris has played on Trouble Is, Live On, the 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads documentary, Live In Chicago and now How I Go, Goin Home and Lay It On Down. Chris began touring with the KWSBand in 2006.Kevin McCormick –Bass Kevin McCormick served as a producer, co-writer and bass player for Melissa Etheridge as she emerged as a world class artist with her self-titled 1988 debut, along with such acclaimed albums as Brave and Crazy (1989), Never Enough (1992) and her massively successfulYes I Am (1993). Kevin’s resume only grew from there as he started producing, writing and performing with an impressive list of artists such as Nils Lofgren, Jackson Browne, Robben Ford, John Mayall, Keb’ Mo, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Rides, featuring Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Barry Goldberg –and now the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.
Joe Krown -Joe Krown is based in the city of New Orleans. He is a New Orleans styled piano and Hammond B-3 player. Joe has workedwith Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Johnny Adams, Marcia Ball, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, the North Mississippi All-Stars, Charlie Musselwhite,.J. Chenier, Leo Nocentelli , Nicholas Payton and Marva Wright.In June 2017 Joe joined the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band as the full time piano/organ player.
The Beth Hart Band
The Beth Hart Band
Beth Hart is on fire. Right now, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter is riding a creative tidal wave, firing out acclaimed albums,
hooking up with the biggest names in music and rocking the house each night with that celebrated burnt-honey voice. In 2016, the
headline news is Beth’s latest album, Fire On The Floor (out 14 October 2016 (Europe / Australia / New Zealand) and 3 February 2017
(US / Canada) on Provogue/Mascot Label Group): a release that even this fiercely self-critical artist describes as “pretty frickin’ good”.
But let’s not forget the backstory that brought her here…
The Blues Magazine once dubbed Beth Hart “the ultimate female rock star”, and there’s no doubt that her two-decade career is the
ultimate thrill-ride. Born in Los Angeles, she released a fistful of hit albums through the ’90s, then reignited in the post-millennium as
both a solo artist and the head-turning vocalist for guitar heroes like Joe Bonamassa, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy and Slash. “Extraordinary,”
wrote The Times of her once-a-generation voicebox, while The Guardian praised her “daring, brooding and angry” performances. It’s no
wonder she’s been nominated for three Blues Music Awards.
But it’s in recent times that Beth has truly blossomed. In April 2015, she released Better Than Home: a critical and commercial smash
that topped the iTunes Blues Chart and was crowned #4 Best Blues Album Of The Year by Mojo magazine. The release led her to fill
Amsterdam’s Heineken Music Hall with 5,500 fans (her largest club show to date). “Oh, that was so good, man,” she reflects. “I love
Holland. They’ve been really good to me.”
The US has embraced her, too, packing ever-larger venues in major cities on the Better Than Home tour – including Nashville’s iconic
Ryman Auditorium – and receiving a nomination from the American Blues Foundation in the category of Contemporary Blues Female
Artist. “It’s unbelievable,” she admits. “This last tour, we were playing much bigger houses than I’d ever played in the States – and they
were sold-out.” Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, Beth’s rocketing UK profile has never been higher. Recent years have seen
auspicious headline sets at the Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican (not to mention the historic Hampton Court Palace with Joe
Bonamassa), and in December 2015, she chalked up another first with a spot on Jools Holland’s legendary annual Hootenanny.
Bringing in the New Year with a soulful take on Tell Her You Belong To Me and Nutbush City Limits alongside long-time collaborator Jeff
Beck, it spoke volumes that the pair’s performance rapidly became the Hootenanny’s most-watched clip on the BBC’s official YouTube
channel (even overtaking heavyweights like Tom Jones and Paul Weller). “Every time Jeff performs, he just kills it,” gushes Beth, who
also joins the veteran guitarist for her first-ever appearance at the Hollywood Bowl this year. “To me, he’s the greatest ever.”
Just as memorable, also last December, was Beth’s first solo gig at London’s Union Chapel (subsequently voted by fans as the venue’s
gig of the year). “It was the most terrifying experience of my entire life,” she admits. “I got up there and I was so frickin’ scared. But
then, halfway through the show, I just started to enjoy it. By the end, I felt so connected to the audience, and I really felt like they did
that show with me. It was like we were all the band.”
Fire On The Floor is sure to build on her breakneck momentum. The record gave her an emotional release following the bitter-sweet
sessions for Better Than Home. Fire On The Floor is the album that Beth Hart needed to make. Likewise, it’s a record that you need to
hear. “I’m so pleased with it,” she concludes. “I recently had to organise the sequence of the record, and while I was doing that, I was
thinking to myself, ‘Y’know, this is pretty frickin’ good…!’”
Beth Hart is going on an extensive tour that will pack houses all over the world. Time and time again Beth has sold out venues in cities
as New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Tbilisi, Sydney and Melbourne.
But maybe her greatest live performance to date was seen by millions of television viewers, when her tribute to Buddy Guy on the
Kennedy Center Honors Special received one of the only 2 standing ovations of the evening, led by President Barack Obama and his wife,
Michelle.
Every live performance gets a standing ovation, because no one knows how to rock the house better than Beth Hart. When she sings
clocks stop, hearts dance and neck-hair tingles…it’s that compelling!
Venue Information:
The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA
21 West Otterman Street
Greensburg, PA, 15601
http://www.thepalacetheatre.org/