What if I told you that one of the most electrifying bands that continue the good ole Southern rock tradition were from the Bluegrass state? Would you believe me? Well, you better, because it’s 100% true.
If you’re unaware of the band, Black Stone Cherry, please allow me to introduce you. Born, raised, established and still residing in the Metcalfe County area. Black Stone Cherry’s most current release, aptly titled, ‘Kentucky‘, is now available from Mascot Records. That’s right. A band so proud of their roots, they named a body of work after the home that shaped them into who they are.
You see, the Black Stone Cherry lineage is chock full of musicians. Some you have heard of, some you have not. Perhaps the most famous bloodline in the band is that of drummer John Fred Young. His father, Richard Young (Guitar/Vocals), and his uncle, Fred Young (Drums/Vocals), are founders in the Grammy-Winning country outfit, The Kentucky Headhunters. Their cousin, Greg Martin, is also still a member. To say the least, the Black Stone Cherry boys come by it honestly.
For their album, ‘Kentucky’, Black Stone Cherry tapped Glasgow, KY recording engineer David Barrick. The album was recorded at his Barrick Recording Studio. David was also the man behind their self-titled debut which was released on Roadrunner Records back in 2006.
I have had the unique perspective of watching this band grow over their entire careers and I must say that I am just as proud of the men they’ve grown into, as I am their musicianship and successes.
From their early days playing tiny clubs, like the former A1A room in Lexington, to the biggest stages that Europe offers at the Download Festival. From playing the largest rock festival in the United States, Rock on the Range, multiple times, to headlining our own Kentucky State Fair. I have been blessed to cover shows in several different cities and states.
I’ve also included their two latest music videos below, both were shot and directed by yet another Kentucky product in Blake Judd.
If you look closely at the video for “The Rambler“, you’ll spot fellow Kentucky superstar, Billy Ray Cyrus. Also, the video for “Cheaper To Drink Alone“, was shot right here in Kentucky at the Spillway Bar and Grill in Bowling Green, KY. Which by the way, the Spillway is widely known for some of the best wings in the state!
If you like what you hear below, you can catch Black Stone Cherry and Lynyrd Skynyrd in Corbin, KY this weekend, 4/29, at the Corbin Arena. Capture Kentucky will be there covering the action, so be sure and check back here next week for more photos and a review.
Black Stone Cherry – The Rambler (Official Music Video):
Black Stone Cherry – Cheaper To Drink Alone (Official Music Video):
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