|Blues rock icon and five-time GRAMMY-nominated guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd has announced the second annual KWS Backroads Blues Festival, which will make stops across the US this spring and summer. Beginning with two performances in the Pacific Northwest featuring 25x Billboard chart-topper Joe Bonamassa, NYC-based blues star King Solomon Hicks, and the GRAMMY-Award-winning blues artist Bobby Rush, the tour will then make its way across the US, with additional stops and guests to be announced in the coming weeks.
A limited pre-sale is currently underway using the code KWS for the first two dates at the Hayden Homes Amphitheater in Bend, OR on Saturday, May 27th and the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville, WA on Sunday, May 28th. General public on sale for the Bend, OR performance begins today, February 3rd at 10amPT. General public on sale for the Woodinville, WA performance is this Monday, February 6th at 10amPT. For more information and to purchase tickets visit kennywayneshepherd.net/tour
“I wanted to offer a traditional touring blues festival,” Shepherd commented. “One that will give people a chance to see the best of the best all in one place.” The announcement follows a hugely successful inaugural run of the Backroads Blues Festival in 2022, which featured Buddy Guy and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. “I’m really happy Joe and I were able to work out our schedules to do these shows together,” Shepherd continued. “And King Solomon Hicks is such a great talent, I’m thrilled he’s able to join us.”