There are dozens of 20-something guitarists inspired by the late Texas blues rocker Stevie Ray Vaughan but only Kenny Wayne Shepherd has opened for B.B. King, the Eagles, and Dylan, been featured in Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone fashion spreads, and captured the No.1 spot on the Billboard blues charts for two years straight. Rock-star looks and attitude can only take you so far when it comes to blues credibility though, and on LIVE ON Shepherd comes through with the goods big time. "In 2 Deep," "Never Mind," and "Losing Kind" all come straight from the Vaughan/Hendrix school of guitar with Shepherd drawing on feedback and psychedelic riffs to put across a raging roots sound. Stinging slide guitar and chugging rhythm make "Was" a crazed kind of swamp rock while the title cut and "Shotgun Blues" cling to the verities of classic '60s electric blues. Shepherd has a lot of help on LIVE ON: Blues harp ace James Cotton, Primus' Les Claypool, former Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Hayes, Third Eye Blind bassist Arion Salazar, and even Stevie Ray Vaughan's old rhythm section all make appearances. While Noah Hunt, the Shepherd band's singer, handles things more than ably, it's Shepherd who's leading the charge, taking the sounds of vintage blues rock into the new millennium.