Photos and Review by Colleen Goyer
Guitar great, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and legend Buddy Guy thrilled the crowd at Maine Savings Pavilion in Westbrooke, ME this past weekend.
First up was Kenny Wayne and his band performing their mix of blues and rock. Shepherd showed his incredible skill in many solo’s throughout the set with songs from the band’s new album, The Traveler, as well as those from earlier releases including hit Blue on Black which the audience belted out joining KWS with every chord.
The set included a little Hendrix of course, which is always a welcome addition to any KWS show. This time it was Voodoo Child, just one of the many Hendrix tunes in Shepherd’s collection. For those of us too young to have seen Hendrix live, Shepherd’s skill on the instrument provides what one can only imagine is a similar experience. Shepherd surrounds himself with great musicians who don’t disappoint. Drums, horns and keyboards complete the KWS band.
After Shepherd’s great set, the stage was taken over by a true music legend, Hall of Famer and multiple Grammy winner, Buddy Guy. A great performer all around, Guy thrilled the crowd with his guitar skill and charming personality. Sharing a few stories along the way he kept the audience completely engaged even between songs. Guy’s set was a collection of classic blues tunes. Walking from one side of the stage to the other playing his guitar in all sorts of positions, Guy never missed a beat. His solos were filled with that classic blues sound he has contributed so much to spreading as a genre over his career. Seeing a legend like this in person is an experience you shouldn’t miss.