Playing Around 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd
32 Bleu, 32 S. Tejon St.
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 9 p.m.
$30, 955-5664

My, but how Kenny Wayne Shepherd grew up. Known as much for his incredible talent as for his poster boy good looks, Shepherd attracted national attention when he began his career at the tender age of 13, and has helped steer a new audience toward the blues-rock genre. He recorded his first album, Ledbetter Heights, in 1995 while still in high school. Critical acclaim followed (including two Grammy-nominated albums), tours were embarked upon, and facial hair started to grow. Shepherd is back on tour after a brief hiatus to promote his latest album, The Place You're In, and will appear at 32 Bleu on Wednesday, Nov. 3. The Place leans away from his blues background, instead focusing more on the rock potential. Shepherd also sings for much of the CD -- a newly expressed talent for him. Much of his vocals and guitar hooks are reminiscent of Lenny Kravitz, which certainly isn't a bad thing.

-- Kara Luger


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