Much like blues legend Gary Moore, this week Kenny Wayne Shepherd tread the Parisian Walkways as he returned to the French capital as part of his current European tour.
A sold-out crowd in attendance at L’Alhambra as the US-based guitar slinger arrived for an eagerly anticipated show in the ‘City of Light’.
From the top of the night, the focus is on Shepherd’s new album with recent single Woman Like You opening the set. This, in turn, is followed in quick pursuit with his take on Buffalo Springfield’s Mr Soul and a ferocious performance of Long Time Running.
Shepherd’s participation in supergroup The Rides alongside CSN&Y legend Stephen Stills has resulted in the man of the hour taking more of an active role as a singer. And this newfound desire has led to a change in dynamic on his latest album The Traveler and also during tonight’s show. KWS plays a prominent role with vocal duties on tracks such as Talk To Me Baby and I Want You.
And whilst there is a strong representation of tracks from the new record, there is still plenty of room in the show for old favourites with the likes of Diamonds and Gold, Down For Love and Shame, Shame, Shame all featuring.
Of course, the song Blue On Black was recently reworked alongside Five Finger Death Punch, Brantley Gilbert and Brian May. And during the encore Shepherd delivers a crowd pleasing rendition of the original cut of the aforementioned hit single.
However, it’s KWS’s take on Hendrix’s Voodoo Chile that steals the show. Kenny channels the late great man himself whilst delivering an exhibition of guitar playing, showmanship and creativity as he puts his stamp on this legendary number.
On the strength of tonight’s performance, it’s fair to say that it may have taken five years for Kenny Wayne Shepherd to return to Paris, but it was worth the wait.
Photos by Marion Fregeac