On 21st July the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will release their new album Lay It On Down on Provogue (Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Walter Trout, Eric Gales) and, ahead of the release, has released the new track “Baby Got Gone”.

“This album is somewhat of a window into my soul,” he says. “But it’s also a window into my observations. “Hard Lesson Learned”, that’s a painful song. It’s a guy who falls madly in love with this woman, and she’s just bad news for him. “Baby Got Gone”, that’s just about this whimsical girl. The guy is kind of infatuated with her. She’s beautiful, she’s fun to be around, but she can’t stay in one place too long. She’s just kinda beyond commitment, a free spirit.” Elsewhere, Lay It On Down pinballs from escapist fantasy to harsh reality.“Every song is on there to tell a good story,” explains Shepherd. “And I think if you listen to the album in its entirety, each song takes you on a different journey.

“Lay It On Down,” he says of the title track, “is written about people I know that carry a burden in life and don’t feel they’re good enough. It’s about the beauty you see in someone that they can’t see in themselves. That can be sad to me sometimes, and I always want to let that person know. Your mother. Your daughter. Your son. Your wife. At some point in life, we all feel that we’re not good enough. So that album title – Lay It On Down – you can interpret in a couple of different ways. It could be about letting go of life’s struggles and not trying to carry the load by yourself. Or it could be like when a band is really cooking and really doing what they do best and laying it down.”

Lay It Down Track Listing:

01. Baby Got Gone
02. Diamonds & Gold
03. Nothing But The Night
04. Lay It On Down
05. She’s $$$
06. Hard Lesson Learned
07. Down For Love
08. How Low Can You Go
09. Louisiana Rain
10. Ride Of Your Life
11. Lay It On Down (Acoustic)

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.