Jim P. (Guitarmusiclover11) from BRUCE, WI Reviewed on 3/12/2011...
This was Kenny Wayne Shepherd's debut album.
Some blues songs that really stick out are "Born With a Broken Heart","Everybody Gets The Blues, and "Aberdeen".
The live instrumental "While We Cry" is very nicely done and an asset to the disc.
I also like "(Let Me Up) I've Had Enough".
I discovered this cd after I bought "Trouble Is...", the second album.
I prefer this album over that one. Although the third,"Live On" is better yet.
The debut album often is the best for a lot of artists, not so with this debut.
It's still a solid cd and worth having for the blues tunes alone.
Great debut album
John Alapick | Wilkes-Barre, PA United States | 08/16/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ledbetter Heights is a very strong debut album from Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Shepherd's guitar style is very reminiscent of the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan. Most of the material here is very strong. The opening tracks "Born With A Broken Heart" and "Deja Voodoo" received extensive airplay on AOR radio and are both excellent tracks featuring Shepherd's outstanding playing. Other strong tracks include the slow blues of "Shame, Shame, Shame", the soulful "Riverside", and the driving "Aberdeen." His version of Howlin' Wolf's "I'm Leaving You (Commit A Crime)" is also an excellent track. However, the best example of Shepherd's playing may be on the slow live track "While We Cry" and the killer ending title track which sounds like it would fit in nicely on Vaughan's Texas Flood album. Other tracks such as "Everybody Gets The Blues" and "What's Goin' Down" are decent, but not as strong as the rest of the album. A great debut, highly recommended to fans of blues guitarists such as SRV as well as the new breed of blues players like Jonny Lang."
jekyllnhyde | NJ | 03/04/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Although I think KWS's "Live On" CD is his most original release yet, in some ways this one is even better. In my opinion, Corey Sterling is a more natural singer, less forced or put-on than his replacement, Noah Hunt. And this one features some great keyboard work by Jimmy Wallace, who isn't even on the "Live On" release. The first half of the CD is incredible, with several songs ("Deja Voodoo", "Born with a Broken Heart", "One Foot on the Path", "Everybody Gets the Blues", & the soaring instrumental "While We Cry") rating as good as anything Shepherd's recorded so far. Also, the songwriting is actually better here than on the two follow-up releases. A couple of weak tracks, ("Aberdeen" & "Riverside") keep this one from rating 5-stars."
A young man with the blues
SpineDog | M&Mville | 08/01/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Kenny Wayne shepherd burst onto the scene as a young major league guitar slinger. A couple of releases later and he seems to have disappeared.Kenny Wayne earned and deserved all the accolades given him.Ledbetter Heights was and is still an excellent CD. Mostly originals with a few covers thrown in, Ledbetter Heights is his most bluesy effort.He has a solid and talented band.I have no preferance between Corey or Noah on vocals , both are strong singers.
Shame,Shame,Shame is my favorite cut, a great blues jam.Kenny has a great extended solo that hints at Stevie Ray. Born Under a Bad Sign, Deja Voodoo and Aberdeen all enjoyed radio airplay and are fine blues\rock songs.Aberdeen is a Bukka White song, it starts with acoustic sound with some slide guitar and then the band kicks in, theres plenty of slide guitar fills its a cool song.While We Cry sounds toooo much like The Allmans song Soul Shine, but it is a good showcase for Kennys deft and subtle touch. I'm Leaving You is a Howlin Wolf song played ala SRV. Let Me Up is a true blue Texas shuffle, short but sweet.Riverside sounds like a haunted night on the bayou ,very eerie.The last two tracks sound like filler material to me, not bad ,but not up to the standards set by the rest of Ledbetter Heights
My hope is that Kenny will put out a CD that will pay tribute to all the blues legends he mentions in the liner notes. Ledbetter Heights gave me a taste as to how good he can be.One day he will be mentioned in the same breathe as these greats but he will need to release more great Cds like Ledbetter Heights."
mlca | Newton, Massachusetts USA | 07/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I decided to hear this album after seeing it on my recomendations for a couple months. It is so good! The best track is "While We Cry". I didn't know so much emotion could be put into a guitar solo, its amazing. Other stand-out tracks are "Born With a Broken Heart", "Aberdeen" and the instrumental "Ledbetter Heights". This CD is put in the category of "Blues" and it is mainly blues. But I hear sort of a blues-rock-country sound, but maybe I just don't know what I'm talking about. Whatever it is, it sounds great! Kenny Wayne Sheppard is an excellent guitarist! This album rocks, now I need to hear "Live On" and "Trouble Is"!"
He's Got The Blues
Luke Hamrocknroll | Hermitage,Pa | 05/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kenny Wayne Shepherd came on the blues scence with his first debut album Ledbetter Heights proving us all he's the next best young blues guitarist. Ledbetter Heights is filled with blues on songs like Deja Voodoo, and Shame, Shame, Shame. Their is also some slide guitar on Aberdeen. He does Stevie Ray Vaughan's cover on here also titled Im Leaving You (Commit A Crime). Ledbetter Heights is better than Trouble Is...the guitar playing is better I personally think. Kenny Wayne also does a slow song live titled While We Cry its alot like Lenny or Little Wing still has power. Ledbetter Heights is one of the best blues albums for any guitarist Highly Recomened!"