Blues-rock guitarist KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD, whose latest album How I Go was release on Monday, was interviewed by PremierGuitar.com recently and he discussed various subjects from his vocal style to his personal life, the persistent comparisons to Stevie Ray Vaughan and much more. There’s also a lot of gear talk in there for you tech junkies!
On the subject of Stevie Ray Vaughan, he says, “You can’t please everybody and there’s always going to be haters out there. They want to throw me in a category of being a Stevie Ray clone as if I can’t do anything beyond what he did. Those people obviously have never really given my music a fair listen. I’ve done tons of music that I don’t think Stevie Ray Vaughan ever would have done. I’ve never heard Stevie Ray Vaughan do anything like “Blue On Black,” and it was number one for 17 consecutive weeks on the rock charts.” Whilst admiting, “If there wasn’t a Stevie Ray Vaughan, there probably wouldn’t be a KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD. He was my hero and he still is one of my heroes.”
Here’s where he gets all technical:
“I have an original Tycobrahe Octavia, and Chicago Iron, the company that reissues them, sent me one of theirs. A lot of times I was sending multiple effects to different amplifiers. I had the original Octavia going to one amp and the reissue going to another amp separately, and ran them in stereo at the same time. Even though it’s the same tone, they’re still slightly different and combining the two gives a unique sound. It’s a slightly more unique sound than just using one pedal or the other, and having it come through two individual amps. I also did the same thing with the Fuzz Face. I have an original Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face, one of the blue ones from the late ’60s or early ’70s. I also have one of the reissues and I ran those in stereo through two different amps. That was a pretty cool sound.”