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Blues-rocker Says Gibson Clan Is Like Any Other Family

Of the Oakland Press

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Blues-rock guitar hero Kenny Wayne Shepherd is less impressed being part of Mel Gibson’s family than those around him.

“Y’know, it’s like any other family, really no different in many areas than it would be for anybody else,” says Shepherd, 31, who married Gibson’s daughter, Hannah, about two years ago. They have an 11-month-old daughter.

“They’re people, my relatives, my family. We enjoy holidays and vacations together. We hang out. They’re grandma and grandpa to my daughter. It’s no different.”

Shepherd also reminds us that he grew up around the famous, as the son of a radio disc jockey and concert promoter in his native Shreveport, La.

“He would bring all these huge rock bands to town,” Shepherd recalls, “all these artists from James Brown to Stevie Ray Vaughan to Aerosmith. I was four, five years old hanging out backstage with James Brown.

“So I guess I was conditioned to that kind of stuff. It doesn’t shock me.”

Shepherd is currently working on the follow-up to his acclaimed and awardwinning 2007 CD and film project “10 Days Out: Blues From the Backroads.” He says he has about 15 new songs but that “I usually like to go into the studio with twice that many,” so he’s planning more writing sessions and hopes to start recording early next year.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Edgar Winter and Joe Bonamassa perform at 7 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 24) at the Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway at Schoenherr Road, Sterling Heights. Tickets are $45 and $35 pavilion, $20 lawn. Call (586) 268-5100 or visit www.freedomhill.net.

Web Site: www.freedomhill.net

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