Saturday, November 6, 2010

Kenny Wayne Shepherd to play Jimi Hendrix’ Woodstock guitar

For the first time in 40 years, the white Fender Stratocaster guitar that Jimi Hendrix used at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 will be played before a live audience.

antiMusic reports that Kenny Wayne Shepherd is teaming up with The Roots for a special Hendrix-themed sit-in on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon next Wednesday (November 10th).

Shepherd will be playing the guitar that Hendrix performed "The Star Spangled Banner" with at the legendary festival; the instrument is typically on display at the Experience Music Project in Seattle.

"We are delighted that this tangible piece of my brother's history will be front and center for audiences to enjoy on this occasion," said Janie Hendrix, CEO of Experience Hendrix. "Thanks to Paul Allen and EMP for their kind cooperation in helping realize this vision."

Following the Fallon taping, Kenny will be on stage at New York's Beacon Theatre, with the all-star line-up of top players, for a scheduled Experience Hendrix Tour stop.

"Jimi Hendrix was instrumental in making me refuse to see any boundaries in my music,” Shepherd recently told Music Radar. “He gave me permission to try anything I wanted to try. Because that's what he did: there was no limit to his inventiveness. His canvas stretched across the sky.”

Shepherd often closes his performances with a cover of Hendrix' "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)."

Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Guitar Center King Of The Blues 2007
The Music Box @ Fonda Theater – Hollywood, CA – June 16, 2007

Jimi Hendrix – Star Spangled Banner
Woodstock Music & Art Fair – Bethel, NY – August 18, 1969