Weekly US music releases: Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Keb' Mo', John Hiatt

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On August 2, the blues will dominate US CD releases, with releases from Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Keb' Mo', and Grammy-winning John Hiatt.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, How I Go
Second on Amazon's blues chart, this 13-track album is produced by Shepherd with his longtime collaborator and former Talking Heads' guitarist Jerry Harrison for Roadrunner Records. With platinum sales and top-charting albums, Guitar World magazine rates him alongside B.B. King and Eric Clapton. Covers of Albert King and Bessie Smith classics as well as new blues-based rock material fill the collection.

Keb' Mo', The Reflection
Third on Amazon's blues chart, this self-produced collection of soulful blues is the artist's first album in five years. Featured collaborations include songs with diverse guests such as R&B singer India.Arie, country's Vince Gill and jazz artist Dave Koz. The 12 melodic genre-blurring tracks on Yolabelle International/Ryk/Warner Music lead with the first single, "The Whole Enchilada."

John Hiatt, Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns
This 11-track collection on New West Records delivers John Hiatt's signature sound, combining blues guitar with his legendary songwriting. Artists who have covered his hits range from Bob Dylan and Bonnie Raitt to Iggy Pop and Chaka Khan. Following up his critically acclaimed Same Old Man, his 19th studio album shows a rock edge with Aerosmith producer Kevin Shirley, leading with the first single, "Damn This Town."