SOURCE: Warner Bros. Records

May 13, 2008 10:22 ET

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Wins a Blues Music Award

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - May 13, 2008) - Renowned blues/rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd won a Blues Music Award (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards) for Best DVD for his critically acclaimed DVD/CD "10 Days Out: Blues From the Backroads" which was released by Reprise Records on January 23, 2007.

"10 Days Out: Blues From the Backroads" is an historic documentary in which Kenny Wayne Shepherd takes you on a 10-day journey meeting Blues pioneers such as the Music Maker Relief Foundation's Etta Baker, Cootie Stark, and Neal Pattman, as well as Blues elders B.B. King, Henry Townsend, Hubert Sumlin, Gatemouth Brown, Honeyboy Edwards, Pinetop Perkins, and many others. Since filming was completed, six of these artists have passed away, making the film's historic value immense. The acoustic and electric pairings provide these masters a platform to show the world how the Blues was intended to be heard. In addition to home visits, the film ends with a concert featuring the surviving members of both Muddy Waters' and Howlin' Wolf's bands. While Shepherd is present throughout, it is obvious his goal is to spotlight these inspiring veterans.

Proceeds from the sale of this DVD/CD are being donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation (www.musicmaker.org). Music Maker Relief Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the true pioneers and forgotten heroes of Southern musical traditions gain recognition and meet their day-to-day needs. Today, many such musicians are living in extreme poverty and need food, shelter, medical care, and other assistance. Music Maker's aid and service programs improve the quality of recipients' lives.

"10 Days Out: Blues From the Backroads" was the # 1 selling Blues Album of the Year in 2007, received two Grammy nominations and earlier this year, Kenny Wayne accepted the Blues Foundation's Keeping the Blues Alive Award for Film/Television for it. Each year, the Blues Foundation presents the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to Blues music. Each Award is selected on the basis of merit by a select panel of Blues professionals.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd is a four-time GRAMMY® nominee who has sold millions of albums worldwide with four No. 1 Blues albums and a string of No. 1 mainstream rock singles. He has also received two Billboard Music Awards and was twice awarded the Orville H. Gibson Award for Best Blues Guitarist.

Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:
    Kristin Forbes
    Shepherd Entertainment
    323.874.1254
    kf@ksmgt.com