The more usual form of artist name is Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. KWS (June 12, 1977-) is an American blues musician. Shepherd was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. Self-taught, he began playing guitar at age 7, figuring out Muddy Waters licks from his father's record collection. (Information below copied from http://www.wholeearthfestival.net/wefkennywayneshepherd.htm) Thanks to his father's career in radio, Kenny Wayne Shepherd was exposed to a wide variety of music while growing up.