Saturday, June 22, 2024

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Announces Dirt On My Diamonds, Volume 2

Last November, multi-platinum, grammy-nominated global superstar Kenny Wayne Shepherd released Dirt On My Diamonds, Volume 1, and that numerical indicated another might be anticipated, but did anyone expect it to be so soon – Dirt On My Diamonds, Volume 2 is now due for release on 20th September through  Mascot/Provogue Records. An album expected to solidify Shepherd’s status “as a powerhouse in modern rock”,  the change is being led by a vibrant new single  in ‘I Got A Woman that’s available now.

Dirt On My Diamonds, Volume 2 expands the musical journey that began with Volume 1. “When I started writing these songs, two distinct identities emerged,” Shepherd explained. “Both albums share the same spirit, but the songs, sounds, and grooves are unique. We decided to stagger the releases to match how people consume music today – essentially creating a double album. Our creative momentum was strong, so we kept it rolling.”
 
The album bursts to life with  new singleI Got A Woman’, featuring Shepherd’s powerful riff complemented by a dynamic horn section. “To me, it’s the answer song to ‘Woman Like You’, the first track on The Traveler, Shepherd said. “On this record, he’s got her, and she’s everything he hoped for.”
 
The tracks on Volume 2 were born during the writing sessions at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. “The whole reason we went down to Muscle Shoals was to soak up the vibe that’s been left in that room for so many decades,” Shepherd reflected.

Tracking took place at the Band House Studios in Los Angeles just days before the studio was demolished. “It was a really cool intimate old-school studio with analogue everything, but they tore it down straight after we made these records,” said Shepherd.

Forced to hold back new material for the first time in his storied career, Shepherd admits that keeping these latest songs under wraps has been torture. “They’re sounding great in rehearsals and we’ve been dying to get out there and play them,” he said.
 
“These are two unique albums that stand on their own,” said Shepherd, “but together, I think they make for such a compelling package. We’ve had tremendous success in my career so far, and I’m so surprised and grateful for that. But even now, I still feel like there’s always more to explore musically. I just want to keep pushing the limits.
 
With heavy Stateside touring due this summer, you can stream ‘I Got A Woman’ via digital services, check out the video here at RAMzine, and order can order Dirt On My Diamonds, Volume 2 here.



Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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