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Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Jonny Lang bring first-ever co-headlining tour to Wilkes-Barre on June 14

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Jonny Lang bring first-ever co-headlining tour to Wilkes-Barre on June 14
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From a press release:

Renowned blues rock guitarist/songwriter Kenny Wayne Shepherd and celebrated guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Jonny Lang will be hitting the road together for the first time ever on a co-headlining tour that will make a one-night stop at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for all shows on the tour will go on sale this Friday, March 13. The F.M. Kirby Center tickets will be available through the Kirby Center box office, online at, and charge by phone at 570-826-1100. A special Kirby Members pre-sale will begin this Wednesday, March 11 at 10 a.m. Join by calling 570-823-4599, ext. 225.

Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd will both be playing full sets at each performance. Special VIP packages will be available for all shows; details can be found here.

Grammy Award-winner Jonny Lang has shared the stage with some of the most respected legends in music. His career took off while he was still in his teens 16 years ago, breaking out of the local clubs of Minneapolis. His debut on A&M Records, “Lie to Me,” went on to platinum certification and continues to be a significant catalog seller to this day. On the way up, he shared the stage with the Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith, Sting, Buddy Guy, and many others.

All five of his major label studio albums debuted in the Top 50 of the Billboard Album Chart. His latest release, 2013’s “Fight for My Soul,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Blues Album chart. Lang continues to be a major concert draw internationally, as he stages in excess of 150 shows annually.

There are few artists whose names are synonymous with one instrument and how it is played in service to an entire genre. Utter the phrase “young blues rock guitarist” within earshot of anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the modern musical vanguard and the first name they are most likely to respond with will be Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The Louisiana-born axeman and songsmith has sold millions of albums while throwing singles into the Top 10, shining a light on the rich blues of the past and forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound he has embodied since his teens.

In a 20-year recording career that began when he was 16, Shepherd’s musical resume is impressive, with five Grammy nominations and six No. 1 debuts on the Billboard Blues charts, including his most recent album, 2014’s “Goin’ Home,” which nine months later is still resting near the top of the charts.