Kenny Wayne Shepherd has been confirmed today as a headliner for this year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair. Five-time Grammy nominee Shepherd will headline the Outlaw Country Stage in support of his new album The Traveler, which will be released on 31 May.
“There’s some restraint on The Traveler,” Shepherd says of his new record. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to lean towards the approach of less is more. I play for the song now.“
Taking a cue from his side project, The Rides, the super group he co-founded with Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg, Shepherd shares more vocal responsibilities with his long-time singer, Noah Hunt, than on past releases, allowing the band more versatility. “I still don’t sound like Muddy Waters,” he smiles. “But I’ve definitely grown as a vocalist. I owe a lot of the credit to Stephen Stills for pushing me to sing more in The Rides.” The album was recorded at Neptune Valley, Los Angeles, with the production of Shepherd and Marshall Altman.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd joins the Allman Betts Band, Robert John & The Wreck, Jesse Dayton, The Plott Hounds, OTIs and Wille & The Bandits on the bill for the Outlaw Country stage.
Ramblin’ Man Fair organisers have also confirmed the first artists who will play at the Marshall Amplification VIP Sessions which will take place at The VIP Bar. Raveneye, Bad Touch and Otis will play on the Saturday, while Blackwater Conspiracy will perform on the Saturday and Sunday.
One of the UK’s fastest-rising festivals, this year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair will again take place at Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent, between 19-21 July, with artists including Foreigner, Anathema, Beth Hart, The Darkness, Black Stone Cherry, The Wildhearts, Living Colour Airbourne, Ugly Kid Joe, Jimmy Barnes and Cheap Trick set to appear. For tickets and further information, visit the event’s official website.