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Album Review

10 Days Out may well be Kenny Wayne Shepherd's most important and intriguing album, even though the guitarist is hardly the featured artist on any of these tracks, working instead more as a sideman and facilitator for the impressive cast of venerable blues players who get a chance to shine here. Make no mistake about it, this recording belongs to such senior citizens as Henry Townsend, Etta Baker, Pinetop Perkins, and Henry Gray, and Shepherd's presence (and the presence of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Double Trouble rhythm section of bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton) simply helps to focus the attention on these veteran blues players. Shepherd embarked on a ten-day journey into the American South in 2004 with a documentary film crew, a portable recording studio, and Double Trouble as a house band in an effort to catch the blues in its natural habitat of living rooms, kitchens, porches, back yards, and local watering holes, and the performances that resulted are priceless. Here is one-armed harp player Neal Pattman and blind guitarist Cootie Stark turning in a joyous, ramshackle version of "Prison Blues." A little later, Stark delivers further on a delightful song called "U-Haul," complete with a marvelous improvised rap over the tune's run-out coda. Here, too, is the then-96-year-old Henry Townsend turning in a poignant "Tears Came Rollin' Down." Etta Baker, then 93, shows that age hadn't slowed her as a guitarist at all as she delivers an elegant "Knoxville Rag." Shepherd wisely stays in the background on cut after cut, allowing these amazing musical treasures to unfold naturally and without intrusive elements. There are absolutely no hotshot guitar histrionics anywhere on this disc, which speaks to Shepherd's sincere vision for this project. He's after the preservation of blues history with 10 Days Out, and as if to underscore that aim, five of the album's participants (Neal Pattman, Cootie Stark, Gatemouth Brown, Wild Child Butler, and Etta Baker) passed away before the album and concurrent documentary film were finally completed and released in 2007. Shepherd's name may be above the title, but he knows full well whom this album belongs to, and to his immense credit, those are the voices he lets speak the loudest. This CD was nominated for a Grammy award in 2007 for Best Traditional Blues Album.

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A slice of beautiful blues history

Not only do you get to hear some excellent blues, but you also hear an important part of musical history. This is excellent work for ages to come. I felt like I had just walked into one of the old road house juke joints of the past, or Monday night Blues Jam at Lee's Lounge in Shreveport. Kenny- Thank you for sharing this with us.

True Blues Mastery!!

This could go down as one of Kenny Waynes most important works. Allowing us all a rare view into the roots of Blues and Rock music, and preserving a tasty slice of blues history for generations to come. Great music, great project, best blues compilation in decades!

10 days of excellence...

Y'all won't be disappointed, and make sure you pickup the DVD version of this release too. I was fortunate enough to have seen Kenny Wayne here in Austin, TX with Pinetop, Bryan Lee, & John Dee Holeman. These guys might of aged a little but they sure can still hammer out some great blues.


Born: June 12, 1977 in Shreveport, LA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his group exploded on the scene in the mid-'90s and garnered huge amounts of radio airplay on commercial radio, which historically has not been a solid home for blues and blues-rock music, with the exception of Stevie Ray Vaughan in the mid-'80s. Shepherd was born June 12, 1977, in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Shreveport native began playing at age seven, figuring out Muddy Waters licks from his father's record collection (he has never taken a formal lesson). At age 13, he...
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