The Human Condition‘ was completed mere days before the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed. The band self-produced and tracked the album in bassist Jon Lawhon‘s recording facility, Monocle Studios. The guys went in with 4 songs, wrote some new ones and recorded a few beloved, unreleased favourites.

Here’s what the guys have to say about the new album:

There was a real urgency and fear of the unknown during those sessions – it was a scary time, Every song on this album tells a story of the experiences we all go through – our happiness, our struggles, and how we have to adapt.” – John Fred Young

With this one, we cranked up the amps, the drums are in your face, and there are some really heavy riffs. After 19 years and 7 albums, we wanted to prove that we still kick ass. This album feels like a rebirth.” – Ben Wells

When I listen back to this record, I feel all these different emotions. We started when we were teens, and life has taken its course, especially now. Through it all, your heart and your perspectives change, but one thing that hasn’t changed is our connection as friends.” – Jon Lawhon

This is a brotherhood. It’s been amazing to stick around with all four original members and still be inspired. Here’s to 7 more albums and another 19 years!” – Chris Robertson

The Human Condition‘ will be available on the following formats:

Bronze/Gold LP: Limited to 500 copies. Webstore exclusive

Silver LP: Limited to 1000 copies. Webstore exclusive

Purple LP: UK retail exclusive. 200 available in the UK webstore

Red LP: Available in the US and EU webstores, and UK indie record stores

Deluxe CD with 2 coasters, 4 postcard and 4 guitar picks in a plus-sized box

Exclusive new T-shirt! Click on the item you want to buy, and scroll down for the bundle**. T-shirt available in sizes M-XXL.

Free poster when you pre-order from the Mascot EU store!

** The small print: Due to new Billboard chart rules, we can’t offer T-shirt bundles in our US store. Y’all can still buy the new shirt separately, though!

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Back in mid-May, as the COVID-19 pandemic was spreading throughout the world and as many of us were deep in lockdown, Kentucky arena rockers Black Stone Cherry and Canadian hard-rocking juggernauts Monster Truck decided that distance wasn’t going to stop them from creating something beautiful for a good cause.

Following Black Stone Cherry‘s YouTube series the Cherry Chats, the two bands joined forces over a series of live Zoom video calls to write a song from scratch, allowing fans unprecedented access to watch as the creativity unfold from the safety of their homes. Thus, The Cherry Truck Band was born, and out of those sessions came a special charity single ‘Love Become Law‘.

All proceeds from this single will be split between two charities, chosen by the bands themselves – Black Stone Cherry will be donating their proceeds to The Boys and Girls Club of America and Monster Truck to Black Lives Matter. You can purchase the song HERE

Talking about how the song came together; Black Stone Cherry said; “The idea of The Cherry Truck Band can honestly be credited to the pandemic that our world is in. We saw tour after tour being cancelled and so many bands were turning to live streaming performances online. We put our heads together with our great friends in Monster Truck and decided to do something we hadn’t seen any other bands do to help pass the time while still entertaining fans. That idea was to write a song, LIVE to the world and divide it up into segments to show our fans the process of writing and creating. We had never done this with another full band before, let alone do it while we’re live streaming. It was incredibly exciting and fun and we are so proud of the song and more importantly, it’s meaning! This song is about uniting, being and living as one, and most importantly, loving each and every person that walks this planet. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did creating it for you!

Adding Monster Truck frontman/bassist Jon ‘Marv’ Harvey continues; “The Cherry Truck Band started with a bunch of friends getting together over long distances to create something memorable, meaningful and joyous. Over the five weekly episodes, our entire world basically turned upside down. The people were rising up. The people were tired of being oppressed. The people were tired of suffering for doing nothing wrong. The people were ready to force change. This is our anthem in solidarity to those fighting for basic rights. This is our voices saying, ‘we love you, we hear you, we respect and love you’. Black lives matter. Without the impact of black culture, there would be no modern music, period. Respect, protect and celebrate diversity. Our world depends on it“.

Monster Truck will be donating to Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centring Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives. You can see more on them here: https://blacklivesmatter.com/

Talking about donating to The Boys and Girls Club of America, Black Stone Cherry explain; “The Boys and Girls Club is an organization we feel very strongly about because they are ensuring young people that success is within reach no matter who they are, where they come from, race, etc.. We love that the Boys and Girls Club is helping teach responsibility, education, and instilling a hard work ethic at a young age so that these kids can grow up and be proud of themselves and what they have accomplished! We have donated to our community club for several years and we are honoured to help out by donating the Boys and Girls Club of America where we know in our hearts they are helping to make a difference in our young generation.” You can read more info on the charity here:  https://www.bgca.org/

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Black Stone Cherry and Monster Truck have come together to launch a brand new web series, The Cherry Truck Band on Wednesday 13th May at 9 pm BST HERE

Fans will get the chance to see, live, first-hand, upfront and personal the two collaborate on writing a song together. Getting a unique insight into how the creative process works, fly on the wall style.

The idea emerged from Black Stone Cherry‘s, ‘Cherry Chat‘ episode with Monster Truck‘s Jon ‘Marv’ Harvey just over a week ago. The idea blossomed from their conversation together with our Kentucky brothers saying; “We’re so happy to be hanging out with our fellow riff lovers in Monster Truck again- even if it has to be virtually for now! Writing a song with another band while live-streaming the entire process to the world is something neither group has ever done- so we are excited to see what happens and where it will go! It’s time to unleash the Cherry Truck Band!

Talking about it Harvey of Monster Truck said; “We couldn’t be more excited for BSC to pop our collaboration Cherry! Haha! Can’t wait to write some serious rock n roll and come out the other side with a banger. People will be singing this tune for the rest of their lives.

The web series will be on both bands Facebook pages every Wednesday at 3 pm Central Time (9 pm BST/10 pm CET) for fans to view.

The virtual happy hour Cherry Chats see the guys speak to different bands on different topics. Chris, Ben, Jon, and John-Fred jumped on to a video call with their buddies Halestorm in episode 1 where they talked about how they are writing songs in quarantine, tour dreams, and pranks. Then In episode 2, they caught up with Theory of a Deadman where they shot the breeze on how they met, memories, and how they’re coping with life in general. In episode 3 Monster Truck frontman, Jon ‘Marv’ Harvey joined them and the collaboration idea was born. If you ever wondered what bands talk about or what it’s like when bands hang out after the show, there’s a glimpse into those conversations with Alter Bridge in episode 4

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Fresh from their UK Tour supporting Beth Hart that ended earlier this week, the Kris Barras Band will be heading out on their biggest European headline tour next week in support of their UK Top 50 album ‘Light It Up‘. They have also recently announced that they will be supporting Kentucky southern rockers Black Stone Cherry on their October UK tour and opening for Thunder at Wembley Arena, London in November. To celebrate this they have released a brand new official video for ‘What A Way To Go‘.

Talking about the video Barras says; “This was the very first song that I wrote for the ‘Light It Up‘ album and it has always been one of my faves. I wanted to have a bit of fun with the video. The original plan was to have a good mate of mine play the main character. He would’ve been perfect as he has an amazing mullet! However, he had an accident and broke his collar bone a few days before we were due to start filming. So I made a quick pit stop at a fancy dress shop and we went to work! It was great fun to do something that we hadn’t done before with our videos. We had a lot of fun making it!

The European tour, the shows with Beth Hart as well as the upcoming dates with Black Stone Cherry and Thunder cap off an incredible rise for the Kris Barras Band over the last 24 months. This journey saw the band not take a breath as they criss-crossed the UK on several headline tours – each time the venues increased in size, and every time with sold out shows. He supported Jon Bon Jovi, joined Joanne Shaw Taylor on tour, as well as shows with GUN, King King, The Magpie SaluteTherapy?, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, an unprecedented one-in, one out performance at Planet Rockstock and a full European tour with Jonny Lang and Walter Trout.

He played to 3 million people on BBC Radio 2 – which caused host Richard Madeley to exclaim, “that’s the reason I love doing this show!”  They have also had numerous A-Iist singles at Planet Rock Radio, won the stations prestigious 2019 ‘Best New Band‘ award  and in 2020 was nominated for ‘Best Worldwide Solo Artist‘, which he was beaten by Slash and has since led to him being asked to guest present several shows on the station. He even found time to join Supersonic Blues Machine as the new singer-guitarist with the legendary Billy F. Gibbons, joining for their debut European tour, playing Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London and a host of sold out shows and festivals across the continent. They made history as the first band ever to play the UK’s Ramblin’ Man Fair, three years running on a bigger stage each year; from the Rising Stage to the Main Stage, which perfectly encapsulates this bands journey. Faraway from when Barras played the grassroots circuit with a mixture of originals in amongst covers to 20-30 people – from covering ZZ Top in pubs to playing with Billy F. Gibbons in the same band, in 2 years.

Light It Up‘ sees him at his most expressive yet, forcing himself out of his comfort zone. “I kinda forced myself to write songs a different way. The biggest difference for this album was that I didn’t pigeonhole myself in any way, I didn’t feel like I had to conform. I just sat down and wrote songs I wanted to write, with a sound I wanted to produce, not thinking about genre whatsoever.

He’s played with some giants in music from John Mayall to Beth Hart and The Black CrowesRich Robinson, but it’s been the time with Billy F. Gibbons that really hit home the journey so far. “To be stood on stage with Billy Gibbons every night playing ‘Sharp Dressed Man’, that was just absolutely crazy, I never thought that would happen in my wildest dreams. Just being around Billy Gibbons is hugely inspiring. He had a phrase he used to say; “we don’t have to do it, we get to do it” and that phrase really struck a chord with me, we’re very fucking lucky to be able to go on this stage and play.

Full EU/UK Tour Dates

6-Mar-20   Legends Of Rock Festival, Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
8-Mar-20   Garage 3, Sluis, Netherlands
10-Mar-20 Lux Club Linden, Hannover, Germany
11-Mar-20 Tower Musikclub, Bremen, Germany
13-Mar-20 Beatpol, Dresden, Germany
14-Mar-20 Club Bogaloo, Pfarrkirchen, Germany
15-Mar-20 Chelsea, Vienna, Austria
18-Mar-20 Jugend-und Freizeittreff Altes Kino, Rankweil, Austria
19-Mar-20 Legend Club, Milano, Italy
20-Mar-20 Bliss, L’aquila, Italy
22-Mar-20 Borderline Club, Pisa, Italy
24-Mar-20 Universum, Stuttgart, Germany
25-Mar-20 Rockpalast Bochum, Bochum, Germany
26-Mar-20 Rider’s Café, Lübeck, Germany
28-Mar-20 Roadrage Festival, Sheffield, United Kingdom
25-Apr-20  LE TOIT ROUGE, Monte Limar, France
1-May-20   Bonfest International Rock Festival, Kirriemuir, United Kingdom
9-May-20   Lincoln Blues Festival, Lincoln, United Kingdom
10-May-20 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, United Kingdom
16-May-20 The Foundry, Torquay, United Kingdom
28-May-20 Porta Caeli, Valladolid, Spain
30-May-20 Forum Celticum, Culleredo, Spain
5-Jun-20     Loverocks – Beer & Music Festival, Ferndown, United Kingdom
6-Jun-20     Hello Festival, Emmen, Netherlands
25-Jul-20    Steelhouse Festival, Ebbw Vale, United Kingdom
01-Aug-20    Live On The Hill, Tyrone, United Kingdom
14-19-Aug-20 – Keeping the Blues Alive At Sea II Cruise, Mediterranean Sea (with Joe Bonamassa, Ian Anderson//Jethro Tull)
29-Aug-20  Stonedead Festival, Newark, United Kingdom
29-Aug-20  Bury St. Edmunds Blues Festival, Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
30-Sep-20  Robin 2, Bilston, United Kingdom
09-Oct-20  O2 Guildhall Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
10-Oct-20   The Great Hall Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
12-Oct-20   Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
13-Oct-20   O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
14-Oct-20   Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
16-Oct-20   O2 Apollo Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
18-Oct-20   Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
20-Oct-20   O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
21-Oct-20   O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
22-Oct-20   O2 Academy Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
24-Oct-20   O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
25-Oct-20   St David’s Hall, Cardiff, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
26-Oct-20   Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
28-Oct-20   Engine Shed, Lincoln, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
29-Oct-20   Rock City, Nottingham, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
21-Nov-20  The SSE Arena, Wembley, London, United Kingdom (supporting Thunder)

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Review: Black Stone Cherry – Back to the Blues 2

Mascot Records (November 1st 2019)

Reviewer: Peter Scallan

This is the second of Black Stone Cherry’s ‘Back to Blues‘ EPs. The first one was released in 2017 and received such a great reaction the guys thought they would do it again! Sandwiched in between these has been the full studio album ‘Family Tree‘, which is also much more bluesy than previous BSC offerings. Quite what the purpose of this second blues outing is, I am unsure. However, I am sure glad they did!

With only six tracks on it, the proceedings open with ‘Big Legged Woman‘, which is a Freddie King song. It swaggers along and the addition of the keyboard player pays dividend, with some great blues piano.

Next up is ‘Me and the Devil Blues‘ which also has some great electric piano in it. An original from Robert Johnson, the song has some great twin guitar parts reminiscent of the Allman Brothers. It is breaks down in the middle with the piano being more prominent providing some great light and shade in this version.

All Your Love (I Miss Loving)‘ is I believe a blues standard brought to prominence by Otis Rush and grooves along nicely on a great drum beat with some nice blues licks throughout before breaking into a twelve-bar section. The pace is picked up a little with ‘Down In The Bottom‘ which drives along on a ferocious drum rhythm and is great version of a Howlin’ Wolf song.

We then get treated to the out and out twelve-bar blues intro of ‘Early One Morning‘ before it drops down into a laid back funky rhythm that Elmore James would be proud of. The closing song opens with piano and military-style snare drums that make it sound like a Free song before the guitars kick in. The song in question is Son House’s ‘Death Letter Blues‘ and the guys absolutely rock this number.

Now I know it is an album full of standard covers, and some might say it’s for the collectors only. But I have got to say I have absolutely loved both the Back To Blues EP, and even gladder it is filtering into their original material as evidenced by Family Tree. For once it is nice to see a band grow and just get better and bigger which doesn’t really happen much these days. Perhaps there should also be a little kudos for their label and other labels should have a look at what can be achieved if you truly nurture an artist. Well done to both and long may it continue!

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