WHEN Kenny Wayne Shepherd first toured Australia, he was a teen guitar prodigy who ushered in a new chart-topping era for the blues.
His first two records sold more than one million copies worldwide before he reached his twenties and set him up for a 25-year-career keeping the blues tradition alive.
Back in Australia for his first tour in six years, Shepherd said he initially drew inspiration for his own songs from the legends including B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton.
Now he has more contemporary inspiration, his wife Hannah Gibson, the eldest daughter of actor Mel Gibson, and their five children.
“We’ve already been working on the next album and there’s a song I about eight or 10 years ago, when we first started having children,” he said.
“It’s a love song from a father to his children, there’s been lots of them over the years, one called Who’s Gonna Catch You Now about the realisation I had becoming a new parent and the biggest lesson about having children is you have to let go of the result.
“You get them started and then you have to let go. I haven’t even gotten there yet because my eldest is only 11 years old but I can see it coming.”