All blues guitarists and most rock guitarists, for that matter, have been touched in some way by Albert King. Shreveport, Louisiana’s Kenny Wayne Shepherd reveals a bit of that menacing string-bending influence (by way of Jimi Hendrix and SRV) on Live On (Giant/Reprise 2-24729; 55:03). Clearly aimed at a rock audience, this pumped-up big budget production is still blue to the bone. Strip away the wah-wah pedals and layers of distortion guitars on “In 2 Deep” or the throbbing disco backbeats of “Was” and you got the blues. Shepherd’s band pulls off a faithful rendition of “Them Changes,” the Buddy Miles-penned anthem for Jimi Hendrix & Band Of Gypsys.
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