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Kenny Wayne Shepherd (born Kenny Wayne Brobst, Jr, on June 12, 1977, Shreveport, Louisiana) is an American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter.

Kenny Wayne ShepherdBiography
Shepherd attended Caddo Magnet High School in Shreveport, Louisiana. Self-taught, he began playing at age seven, learning Muddy Waters licks from his father's record collection. At the age of 13, he was invited onstage by the New Orleans bluesman Bryan Lee. After proving his abilities, he decided on music as a career. Demo tapes were made and a two camera video was shot at Kenny's first performance at the Red River Revel Arts Festival in Shreveport. It was that video performance that impressed Giant Records chief Irving Azoff enough to sign Kenny to a multiple album record deal.

Shepherd took six singles into the top 10, holds the record for the longest running album on the Billboard Blues Charts, "Trouble Is....." Shepherd has been nominated for four Grammy Awards, received two Billboard Music Awards, two Orville Gibson Awards and has sold millions of CDs.

In September 2008, Fender Musical Instruments Corp. released the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Signature Series Stratocaster, designed exclusively by Shepherd.

Most recently, Kenny has undertaken a truly unique DVD/CD project, 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads. The project documents Kenny as he travels the country to jam with and interview the last of the authentic blues musicians. As they tour the back roads, Kenny, with members of the Double Trouble Band, play with a host of blues greats including Clarence "Gatemouth Brown" and Bryan Lee, Buddy Flett (with whom he jams at Leadbelly's grave), the great B.B. King, blues harp master Jerry "Boogie" McCain, Cootie Stark, Neil Pattman, John Dee Holeman, Etta Baker, Henry Townsend with Honeyboy Edwards, and a concert session with the surviving members of Muddy Waters' and Howlin' Wolf's bands.

Personal life
Shepherd married actor Mel Gibson's only daughter, Hannah Gibson, on September 16, 2006, and their first child was born in 2007.

His debut album, Ledbetter Heights, recorded when Shepherd was age 17. The album spent 20 weeks topping Billboard's blues chart, and the magazine Guitar World voted him #3 after B.B.King and Eric Clapton.

Ledbetter Heights was an immediate hit, selling over 500,000 copies by early 1996. Most blues records never achieve that level of commercial success, much less ones released by artists who are still in their teens