Black Stone Cherry are back with the official music video for their version of Otis Rush‘s ‘All Your Love‘. The song comes from the bands second riotous, rip-roaring tribute to their blues heroes on ‘Black To Blues Volume 2,’ which will be released on November 1st via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group.

Speaking about the track, the band explain: “John Fred had the absolute honor to meet Mr. Rush when The Kentucky Headhunters played with him at the Blues Aid Festival in Helena Arkansas. His kindness and larger than life his personality was encouraging and stuck. When we did the BTB2 album, we had the idea to cover ‘All Your Love‘. The arrangement is true to the original but with our special BSC touch. I think he would be proud to know his music is still inspiring younger generations. Hope ya’ll enjoy!

The first instalment of the series, ‘Black To Blues’, was released in October 2017 and crashed straight into #1 in the Billboard Blues Chart and reached the top 30 UK album charts. Following the reaction to the release Chris Robertson said; “We could have never dreamed of the reaction we got from “Black to Blues”. It was amazing to have such a positive reaction to our take on some of our biggest influences in music. Now we are back for round two and we have added our great friend Yates Mckendree on organ/keys and he also makes an appearance on guitar! We kept a couple artists in the line-up from last time and introduced a few others into the mix as well! We can’t wait for everyone to hear and feel how much fun we had recording this project!!

Since the last blues EP the band released their latest studio album ‘Family Tree’ (2018), which reached the Top 10 UK Album Chart (their 3rd in a row) and Billboard Top 10 Hard Rock Albums. The band spent the time following that touring Europe extensively; including a 2018 UK Arena Tour with Monster Truck, a main stage sub-headline performance at Download Festival – under Guns ‘n Roses – plus performances at Graspop, Rock am Ring and stand out sets this summer at Wacken Open Air, a sold out Caerphilly Castle (Wales) and an explosive headline slot at Ramblin’ Man Fair. They have also criss-crossed their way around the US including shows with Gov’t Mule, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Three Doors Down and Lynyrd Skynyrd. In amongst all of this, they still found time to record a hip-shaking new record and once again produced by the band themselves, they recorded it at Monocle Studios in Sulphur Well, KY. The EP kicks off with Robertson introducing McKendree on the organ as they launch into Freddie King’s ‘Big Legged Woman.’ It’s wild, raucous and has their own unmistakable groove woven through the song as has their unrelenting take on Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Down In The Bottom’ – both legends covered on the previous record.

Talking about King and Wolf, guitarist Ben Wells says; “Those are some of our absolute favourites. We always identify with those guys ‘cause they had grooves and riffs like we would put in our tunes. So we are naturally drawn to that.

This is where the link between the blues and Black Stone Cherry weaves in so perfectly; the groove and heart of those early songs embody the essence and beginnings of Kentucky’s favorite rockers. “Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Howlin’ Wolf, and the like,” Wells explains. “We used to listen to that constantly growing up, and still do.  It’s what we grew up playing and learning together. It’s the DNA of what our band is. It’s not just us covering songs. It’s about doing our own version of each song.

Track listing:

1. Big Legged Woman
2. Me & The Devil Blues
3. All Your Love (I Miss Loving)
4. Down In The Bottom
5. Early One Morning
6. Death Letter Blues

Black Stone Cherry will return with another riotous, rip-roaring tribute to their blues heroes on ‘Black To Blues Volume 2,’ which will be released on November 1st via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group. Ahead of this they have revealed their take on Son House‘s ‘Death Letter Blues

Talking about taking on the song the band says; “We have played a few different versions of this song live for several years!! To finally be able to go in the studio and actually record it was an incredible experience and we got to extend the live version and have a lot of fun. Son House is without a doubt one of the most haunting artists of all time, Blues or any genre, we can only hope we did the song and him justice! “

The first instalment of the series, ‘Black To Blues’, was released in October 2017 and crashed straight into #1 in the Billboard Blues Chart and reached the top 30 UK album charts. Following the reaction to the release Chris Robertson said; “We could have never dreamed of the reaction we got from “Black to Blues”. It was amazing to have such a positive reaction to our take on some of our biggest influences in music. Now we are back for round two and we have added our great friend Yates Mckendree on organ/keys and he also makes an appearance on guitar! We kept a couple artists in the line-up from last time and introduced a few others into the mix as well! We can’t wait for everyone to hear and feel how much fun we had recording this project!!

Since the last blues EP the band released their latest studio album ‘Family Tree’ (2018), which reached the Top 10 UK Album Chart (their 3rd in a row) and Billboard Top 10 Hard Rock Albums. The band spent the time following that touring Europe extensively; including a 2018 UK Arena Tour with Monster Truck, a main stage sub-headline performance at Download Festival – under Guns ‘n Roses – plus performances at Graspop, Rock am Ring and stand out sets this summer at Wacken Open Air, a sold out Caerphilly Castle (Wales) and an explosive headline slot at Ramblin’ Man Fair. They have also criss-crossed their way around the US including shows with Gov’t Mule, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Three Doors Down and Lynyrd Skynyrd. In amongst all of this, they still found time to record a hip-shaking new record and once again produced by the band themselves, they recorded it at Monocle Studios in Sulphur Well, KY. The EP kicks off with Robertson introducing McKendree on the organ as they launch into Freddie King’s ‘Big Legged Woman.’ It’s wild, raucous and has their own unmistakable groove woven through the song as has their unrelenting take on Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Down In The Bottom’ – both legends covered on the previous record. Talking about King and Wolf, guitarist Ben Wells says; “Those are some of our absolute favourites. We always identify with those guys ‘cause they had grooves and riffs like we would put in our tunes. So we are naturally drawn to that.

This is where the link between the blues and Black Stone Cherry weaves in so perfectly; the groove and heart of those early songs embody the essence and beginnings of Kentucky’s favorite rockers. “Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Howlin’ Wolf, and the like,” Wells explains. “We used to listen to that constantly growing up, and still do.  It’s what we grew up playing and learning together. It’s the DNA of what our band is. It’s not just us covering songs. It’s about doing our own version of each song.

Track Listing:
1. Big Legged Woman
2. Me & The Devil Blues
3. All Your Love (I Miss Loving)
4. Down In The Bottom
5. Early One Morning
6. Death Letter Blues

Black Stone Cherry return with another riotous, rip roaring tribute to their blues heroes on ‘Black To Blues Volume 2‘, which will be released on October 18th via Mascot Label Group/Mascot Records.

The first instalment of the series, Black To Blues, was released in October 2017 and crashed straight into #1 in the Billboard Blues Chart and reached the top 30 UK album chart with a wave of praise from both the press and fans.

Following the reaction to the release Chris Robertson said; “We could have never dreamed of the reaction we got from “Black to Blues”. It was amazing to have such a positive reaction to our take on some of our biggest influences in music. Now we are back for round two and we have added our great friend Yates Mckendree on organ/keys and he also makes an appearance on guitar! We kept a couple artists in the line-up from last time and introduced a few others into the mix as well! We can’t wait for everyone to hear and feel how much fun we had recording this project!!”.

Since the last blues EP the band released their latest studio album ‘Family Tree’ (2018), which reached the Top 10 UK Album Chart (their 3rd in a row) and Billboard Top 10 Hard Rock Albums. The band spent the time following that touring Europe extensively; including a 2018 UK Arena Tour with Monster Truck, a mainstage sub-headline performance at Download Festival – under Guns ‘n Roses – plus performances at Graspop, Rock am Ring and stand out sets this summer at Wacken Open Air, a sold out Caerphilly Castle (Wales) and an explosive headline slot at Ramblin’ Man Fair. They have also criss-crossed their way around the US including shows with Gov’t Mule, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Three Doors Down and Lynyrd Skynyrd. In amongst all of this, they still found time to record a hip-shaking new record and once again produced by the band themselves, they recorded it at Monocle Studios in Sulphur Well, KY.

The EP kicks off with Robertson introducing McKendree on the organ as they launch into Freddie King’s ‘Big Legged Woman.’ It’s wild, raucous and has their own unmistakeable groove woven through the song as has their unrelenting take on Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Down In The Bottom’ – both legends covered on the previous record. Talking about King and Wolf, guitarist Ben Wells says; “Those are some of our absolute favourites. We always identify with those guys ‘cause they had grooves and riffs like we would put in our tunes. So we are naturally drawn to that.”

This is where the link between the blues and Black Stone Cherry weaves in so perfectly, the groove and heart of those early songs embody the essence and beginnings of Kentucky’s favourite rockers. “Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Howlin’ Wolf, and the like,” Wells explains, “we used to listen to that constantly growing up, and still do.  It’s what we grew up playing and learning together. It’s the DNA of what our band is. It’s not just us covering songs. It’s about doing our own version of each song.”

Fans that have seen the band grow over their ascent to arenas will have often seen their love for the blues with songs regularly making into the live set. This time around they bring in Robert Johnsons’ howling ‘Me And The Devil Blues’, the sultry slow burning ‘All Your Love (I Miss Loving)’ originally performed by Mississippi legend Otis Rush, and Elmore James classic ‘Early One Morning,’ one of the wildest stand out songs from the one the links between traditional Delta and Chicago blues.

The album closes with their take on ‘Death Letter Blues’ by Son House, which long-time fans will be familiar with from the band’s live set and also featured on 2014 live album ‘Thank You: Livin’ Live Birmingham‘.Talking about the reaction of the fans Wells enthuses; “It’s incredible!! The coolest part is hearing young fans say they never listened to these artists until we made them aware of them. That’s amazing for us!”

Once again, Black Stone Cherry stamp their own unmistakable personality on these deep cut classic. The torch of the blues has been passed on from generation to generation and Kentucky’s favourite sons are lighting that torch to be seen even further to pass on these gems.

The band will be coming back to Europe to support Alice Cooper in September as well as heading back to the US for shows with Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Lacs before heading over to Australia with Halestorm.

Track Listing:
1. Big Legged Woman
2. Me & The Devil Blues
3. All Your Love (I Miss Loving)
4. Down In The Bottom
5. Early One Morning
6. Death Letter Blues

Following a string of sold out performances on their biggest UK headline tour to date over the past month the Kris Barras Band have been announced as main support to US rockers Black Stone Cherry across 5 special shows in Ireland, Scotland and Wales including the stunning Caerphilly Castle which has now sold out. Support also come from Otis.

The band has become one of the hottest rising stars over the past 12 months. Releasing the mesmerising ‘The Divine And Dirty’ in March 2018, they have since supported Beth Hart, Joanne Shaw Taylor, The Magpie Salute, GUN, King King and Therapy? Played storming sets at Planet Rockstock in December to an unprecedented one in-one out room as well as wowing the crowds at Winters End Festival at the weekend.   Barras has also since become the front-man and guitarist for Supersonic Blues Machine which features the legendary ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons and toured Europe, including playing the prestigious Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London.

They will be the first band ever to play 3 years in a row at Ramblin’ Man Fair when they take to the Main stage in July. Before this Barras and co support the legendry John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers in France and will then be embarking on the Provogue/Mascot Label Group Rockin’ The Blues European tour with Jonny Lang and Walter Trout. The tour covers 9 dates through Germany, The Netherlands, France, Italy and the only UK show at the O2 Kentish Town Forum, London on 4th June.

Full UK Tour Dates – Tickets available from www.krisbarrasband.com

Fri 15 Mar – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh – TICKETS
Sat 20 Apr – Roadrage Festival w/Massive Wagons – TICKETS
Tues 7 May – Portland Arms, Cambridge – TICKETS
Weds 8 May – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds – TICKETS
Tues 4 Jun – O2 Kentish Town Forum, London w/Jonny Lang & Walter Trout – TICKETS 
Sat 13 Jul – Caerphilly Castle, Wales w/Black Stone Cherry – SOLD OUT
Sun 14 Jul – Music Hall, Aberdeen w/Black Stone Cherry – TICKETS
Tues 16 Jul – Barrowland, Glasgow w/Black Stone Cherry – TICKETS
Weds 17 Jul – The Academy, Dublin w/Black Stone Cherry – TICKETS
Thurs 18 Jul – Ulster Hall, Belfast w/Black Stone Cherry – TICKETS
Fri 19 Jul – Ramblin’ Man Fair, Maidstone w/The Darkness – TICKETS
Sat 5 Oct – OPEN, Norwich w/Walter Trout – TICKETS
Sat 12 Oct – O2 Academy 2, Sheffield w/Walter Trout – TICKETS

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Following their storming main stage set at Download Festival, Monster Truck will return to the UK on an Arena tour with Black Stone Cherry and The Cadillac Three, starting at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on 6th December and finishing at the SSE Wembley Arena on 14th December.

The news follows the announcement of brand new album ‘True Rockers‘, which will be released on Mascot Records on 14th September 2018.

Talking about the tour, guitarist, Jeremy Widerman says; ‘after only playing handfuls of shows with our friends in Black Stone Cherry it will be a blast to travel overseas with them and bring a serious mix of Blues and Rock to the UK.’

It’s been two years since the mighty ‘Sittin’ Heavy‘ came out and in the 18 months that followed its release, they played over 150 shows, which included arena tours with Nickelback, Billy Talent and for the final ever European Deep Purple tour – They also played with Black Stone Cherry, Volbeat, The Temperance Movement, Jane’s Addiction, Rob Zombie and Alter Bridge. They embarked on their biggest European headline tour to date selling out venues across the continent and thundered through main stage festival slots across the globe.

During the time on the road the band took a recording rig on tour and songs came together for what was to become ‘True Rockers’ and they began to send material back and forth to producer Dan Weller (SiKth, Young Guns, Enter Shikari). They returned to Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina in July 2017 to record the album.

True Rockers” is the sound of a band letting lose and having fun. Frontman/Bassist Jon ‘Marv’ Harvey affirms, “We want people to listen to it and have fun, have as much fun as possible.” “Yeah, that’s what I was gonna say too,” adds Widerman. “I mean right off the beginning of the album you hear me scream at Marv. That just kicks off the entire vibe of the album. Us in a room, having fun, joking and yelling at each other.

O2 pre-sale: Wed 13th June, 9am
LN pre-sale: Thu 14th June, 9am
General Onsale: Fri 15th June, 9am

Tour Dates
TICKETS

Thu 6th Dec – CARDIFF – Motorpoint Arena
Fri 7th Dec – NEWCASTLE – Metro Radio Arena
Sun 9th Dec – GLASGOW – SECC
Mon 10th Dec – MANCHESTER – Arena
Tue 11th Dec – BIRMINGHAM – Arena
Thu 13th Dec – LEEDS – First Direct Arena
Fri 14th Dec – LONDON – The SSE Arena Wembley

Track Listing:

  1. True Rocker
  2. Thundertruck
  3. Evolution
  4. Devil Don’t Care
  5. Being Cool Is Over
  6. Young City Hearts
  7. Undone
  8. In My Own World
  9. Denim Danger
  10. Hurricane
  11. The Howlin’

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Review: Black Stone Cherry/Shinedown/Halestorm

Manchester Arena, Manchester 6 Feb 2016

Reviewer: Peter Scallan

Blackstone Cherry - Manchester Arena
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The three band bill seems to be the forward in terms of doing larger arenas and providing value for money. In fact at just over 30 quid this show, billed as the Carnival of Madness, should provide similar value for money as The Winery dogs/Inglorious bill from a few nights previous. Even more so when you consider that an additional fourth band was on the bill called Highly Suspect whom I just caught the tail end of.

Up first on the triple bill was Halestorm fronted by Lizzy Hale on vocals and guitar. I only have limited exposure to these guys so it’s difficult to be subjective about the material on the night. The band opened with Apocalyptic and the crowd seemed to be into it from the off. Lizzy Hale certainly knows how to link a song into the set as she proved with her introductions to Love Bites, Amen and Scream. The band were tight and cohesive and Lizzy fronted the band well but if I am honest it just wasn’t happening for me.

Halestorm - Manchester Arena
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This was mostly due to the fact the vocals were rather on the screeching side and from my limited experience of these guys I know that this women can sing! Next up was I Am the Fire which included that first end of tour prank with a table and chairs being set up behind Ms Hale and Black Stone cherry hosting a singing session mid-song! This was quickly followed by an entertaining drum solo which featured the BSC’s drummer and that from Highly Suspect followed by the aptly titled Mayhem with so many bodies coming and going on the stage. The crowd was bouncing in unison to the intro to Freak Like Me which even I liked. The closing song of the set was I Miss the Misery which started with some great harmony guitar and brought the set to an appropriate end. Not really my bag but certainly warmed up the crowd a treat!

Now the next act I do know about and was very much looking forward to seeing. Shinedown’s last couple of albums have been outstanding and I was intrigued to see how they would translate that sound to the live setting.

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Peter Scallan©

Opening with Black Cadillac from the new album the obvious answer to how the sound would translate to a live environment was to use backing tracks. While the sound was rich and warm it sounded a little too controlled. Next up was Diamond Eyes which sounded great followed by Second Chance, both from the Sound of Madness album. At this point I must admit I was wondering how much of the songs were being played and what was on the backing tracks! Cut the Chord from the new album got the crowd going and really bounced along nicely. Enemies was introduced by Brent Smith asking the audience clear a path in the middle of the arena and then promptly jumping into the audience to introduce the sentiment behind the song for a few minutes and then getting back up on stage to deliver the song with great energy. I Will follow You Down dipped into the more mellow side of Shinedown with a great piano introduction and building into the swinging chorus – great stuff!

Peter Scallan©
Peter Scallan©

Another song from new album Threat to Survival followed in State of My Head with its almost trance/dance intro before erupting into the powerful upbeat chorus. The mood was mellowed again with guitarist Zach Myers accompanying Smith acoustically for a snippet of Oasis number Don’t Look Back In Anger before doing Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Simple Man both of which had superb crowd participation. And all of sudden we were at the last song of the set with the superb Sound of Madness. What isn’t in doubt is the sheer quality of the material from the band or the show they put on – absolutely second to none. However, the nagging doubt for me was just how much of the material played was on the backing tracks. Regardless, it was a great show.

And then we were ready for the main attraction Black Stone Cherry. Opening with Me and Mary Jane from the last album the guys quickly kicked up a storm, following this with the Rain Wizard from their debut album which was equally if not more powerful than the opening track. The band dipped into the second album with the opening track from that in the shape of Blind Man which was was a little more controlled and funky.

Peter Scallan©
Peter Scallan©

And then just to prove just how strong the material is the fourth song was drawn from Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea in the shape of the awesome In My Blood. Four songs – four albums! The guys then played a selection of songs from their back catalogue including Soulcreek and Holding On To Letting go and a medley of sorts made up of snippets of Roadhouse Blues and Yeah Man. They also managed to squeeze in a new song too in the shape of In Our Dreams. The guys then took it down quite a few notches to do The Things My Father Said acoustically with just singer Chris Robertson playing and singing on his own. He was then joined by guitarist Ben Wells for another acoustic number called The Rambler and asked the crowd to really listen to the words, with the crowd obliging much to his delight.

Peter Scallan©
Peter Scallan©

The rest of the band came back onstage for Peace is Free which for the evening was renamed Pizza’s Free as members of all three other bands invaded the stage with a large banner and pizza to boot! In the mayhem that followed Lizzy Hale did an excellent job singing with Robertson. The band were then joined by their manager on guitar to do a Johnny Cash number which I think was A Boy Named Sue with a little of Freddie Kings’s Going Down for good measure – but then again I could be wrong! The next two songs brought the set and crowd to a crescendo with White Trash Millionaire and Blame It On the Boom Boom. The guys were quickly back on for the encores and rattled through an extended version of Lonely Train and then into Motorhead’s Ace of Spades bring the evening to a juddering halt!

And what an evening it was too. Despite my personal taste the Manchester crowd clearly got their rocks off on all three bands and who can blame them? Three great bands rocking Manchester on Saturday night – what’s not to like? Even if you didn’t personally dig all three bands it was a great Carnival of Madness.

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We’ve got some great photographs courtesy of our friends at Billibee Creative Limited© from this year’s ‘Download’

Ace Frehley
Ace Frehley
Apocalyptica
Apocalyptica

 

Black Star Riders
Black Star Riders
Black Stone Cherry
Black Stone Cherry
Black Veil Brides
Black Veil Brides
Cadillac Three
Cadillac Three
Dead Daisies
Dead Daisies
Enter Shikari
Enter Shikari
Fearless Vampire Killers
Fearless Vampire Killers
Godsmack
Godsmack
H.E.A.T
H.E.A.T
Lamb of God
Lamb of God
Malefice
Malefice

 

Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson
Modestep
Modestep
Motiionless In White
Motionless In White
Rival State
Rival State
Testament
Testament
Thunder
Thunder

 

Von Hertzen Brothers
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We are Harlot

 

Hot on the heels of their very special, sold-out-in-a day ‘Southern Hospitality’ UK dates in February, Kentucky rockers, Black Stone Cherry are proud to announce a string of UK arena shows this October/November.

Drummer, John Fred Young enthuses; “We are beyond thrilled to be headlining our first arena tour in the UK! It’s amazing for us to have this opportunity and we owe it all to the incredible fans that continue to support us and believe in our music!”

Widely acknowledged as an electrifying live band, Black Stone Cherry are also looking forward to the release of their fourth studio album, ‘Magic Mountain’, which hits stores on 5th May through Roadrunner Records. The Joe Barresi (QOTSA, Soundgarden)-produced opus follows 2011’s ‘Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea’ which racked up a silver sales certification from the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), marking over 60,000 UK copies sold. ‘Magic Mountain’ can already be pre-ordered over at iTunes – http://smarturl.it/BSCmagiciTunes – and Amazon – http://smarturl.it/AmazonMagic.

Support on all dates comes from two Roadrunner labelmates, rabble-rousing Aussies Airbourne, who released their third album ‘Black Dog Barking’ in May of last year, and radio-friendly Canadians, Theory Of A Deadman, who are working on a new album penciled for release this summer.

Tickets for all dates are up for pre-sale from 9am Wednesday 26th March for O2 and Artist Arena, 9am Thursday for the Live Nation pre-sale, and go on general sale from 9am on Friday 28th March. Grab ’em over at www.livenation.co.uk, but don’t hang around as they’re sure to fly out the door!

Full dates run as follows:

Sun 26th Oct – Glasgow Hydro
Mon 27th Oct – Sheffield Arena
Tue 28th Oct – Cardiff Arena
Thu 30th Oct – Birmingham LG Arena
Fri 31st Oct – Manchester Evening News Arena
Sat 1st Nov – London Wembley Arena

Like any great rock ‘n’ roll band, Black Stone Cherry has spent much of its life on the road, traveling nearly non-stop as either headliners, special guests (alongside the likes of Alter Bridge, Def Leppard, Nickelback, Kid Rock, Motörhead, and Lynyrd Skynyrd), and festival favorites including an explosive second stage headline performance at Download Festival last year.

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