Lay It on Down

Lay It on Down

by The Kenny Wayne Shepherd BandThe Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band


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Lay It on Down feels like an intentional retort to Goin' Home, Kenny Wayne Shepherd's 2014 back-to-the-blues platter. Although Shepherd never abandons the blues, either as a color or a sensibility, he expands his palette considerably on this 2017 album, opening himself up to soul, country, and hard rock. Working with producer Marshall Altman for the first time, Shepherd takes pains to make Lay It on Down feel like a classic rock record, recording on analog and keeping its ten tracks weighing in at a tight 41 minutes. Another old-fashioned hallmark flaunted on Lay It on Down is how the focus is on vibe, Shepherd digging into the grooves even when the song is a sepia-toned bit of folk-rock. Naturally, there is plenty of space for chops and solos, but Shepherd shows restraint, riding the rhythms of his Southern soul vamps, nocturnal riffs, backwoods picking, and gospel ballads. This variety, when melded with such tasteful execution, turns Lay It on Down into not only one of Shepherd's richest records but one of his best.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2017
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072031265
catalogNumber: 00515
Rank: 9484

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band   Primary Artist
Kenny Wayne Shepherd   Guitar,Vocals
Chris Layton   Drums,Group Member
Kevin McCormick   Bass,Group Member
Marshall Altman   Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Carlos Sosa   Saxophone
Noah Hunt   Vocals,Group Member
Jim McGorman   Keyboards
Paul Armstrong   Trumpet
Raúl Vallejo   Trombone

Technical Credits

Kenny Wayne Shepherd   Composer,Producer
Ken Shepherd   Executive Producer
Keith Stegall   Composer
Marshall Altman   Composer,Producer
Brian Maher   Composer
Mark Selby   Composer
Tia Sillers   Composer
Danny Myrick   Composer
Dylan Altman   Composer
Chris Bell   Engineer
Tony Pro   Art Direction,Cover Illustration

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