Kenny Wayne Shepherd's fate was sealed at age seven when his father, while promoting a concert for the Louisiana Music Festival, took his son backstage
to meet Stevie Ray Vaughan. Vaughan picked up the youngster and sat him on an amp where he could see the show. From that moment, Shepherd knew what he wanted to do with his life. Trouble Is... is Shepherd's second release following his 1995 debut Letbetter Heights. While his rookie effort was virtually an homage to Vaughan, Trouble Is... melds Stevie Ray's blues with Jimi Hendrix-style psychedelic rock, as evidenced on the wah-wah-laden radio hit "Slow Ride" and his cover version of Jimi's "I Don't Live Today." Trouble Is... is also more diverse than Shepherd's debut: It includes a convincing cover of Bob Dylan's "Everything Is Broken," for example, while "Blue on Black" features a distinctly Southern rock vibe. Produced by Jerry Harrison, formerly of the Talking Heads and Modern Lovers, the album features a guest spot from harmonica ace James Cotton and appearances by Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon, drummer and bassist of Vaughan's band, Double Trouble.