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Black Stone Cherry ready to catch a ride with new album “Magic Mountain’ due April 6


Black Stone Cherry ready to catch a ride with new album “Magic Mountain’ due April 6

Roadrunner Records recording group Black Stone Cherry has announced the release of their eagerly awaited new album, “MAGIC MOUNTAIN” which arrives everywhere on May 6th.

Produced by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden), “MAGIC MOUNTAIN” will be heralded by the first single, “Me and Mary Jane,” set to impact multi-format rock radio outlets nationwide in mid-February.

Black Stone Cherry commented on the making of “MAGIC MOUNTAIN” stating, "Not since before our first album have we felt the freedom and confidence that we felt while writing and recording this album. After touring the world behind three previous albums that we are extremely proud of, we feel this album best captures the live energy, honesty and vibe that encompasses our true musicianship."

Known around the world as an electrifying live act, Black Stone Cherry will hit the road hard in support of “MAGIC MOUNTAIN,” including a string of dates supporting Seether which kick off April 22nd at The Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA. In the meantime, the Kentucky-based band will introduce the album to their many fans in the United Kingdom via a series of intimate – and already sold out – live performances dubbed “The Southern Hospitality Tour.” Set for late February/early March, the dates will see Black Stone Cherry creating each evening’s set list from a list of fan requests, guaranteeing every night’s performance will be completely unique.

Black Stone Cherry’s fourth studio album, “MAGIC MOUNTAIN” sees the band continuing to master their sound which has earned them legions of fans around the world, with sales now in excess of 650,000. In the UK, Black Stone Cherry have proven a phenomenon, topping the Rock Albums chart with both 2008’s “FOLKLORE AND SUPERSTITION” and 2011’s “BETWEEN THE DEVIL & THE DEEP BLUE SEA” receiving silver sales certification from the BPI (British Phonographic Industry).

Here at home, Black Stone Cherry are certifiable rock icons thanks to relentless touring and a long string of singles, including the top 10 Mainstream Rock smash, “In My Blood.” Furthermore, Black Stone Cherry penned a song for the one and only Lynryd Skynyrd’s most recent album and country duo Florida Georgia Line, whose version of “Stay” (originally found on “BETWEEN THE DEVIL & THE DEEP BLUE SEA”) spent four consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and is currently in Top 5.

Black Stone Cherry has spent much of its life on the road, touring alongside the likes of Chickenfoot, Nickelback, Kid Rock, Def Leppard, Alter Bridge, Motörhead, and the aforementioned Lynryd Skynyrd. Furthermore, the band has made numerous US and European festival appearances, including a recent headline slot at UK’s Download Festival.

Black Stone Cherry is:
Chris Robertson – vocals/guitar
Ben Wells – guitar/vocals
Jon Lawhon – bass/vocals
John Fred Young – drums/vocals

Black Stone Cherry Ben Wells in studio 2014

Black Stone Cherry 2014 Tour Dates - *w/Seether
Apr. 22 - Baton Rouge, LA - The Varsity Theatre*
Apr. 23 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar*
Apr. 25 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum WXTB Presents
Apr. 26 - Ft. Meyers, FL - Fort Rock – Jet Blue Park
Apr. 27 - Jacksonville, FL - Welcome to Rockville - Metropolitan Park
Apr. 29 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade*
Apr. 30 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City*
May 2 - Chattanooga, TN - Track 29*
May 3 - Charlotte, NC - Carolina Rebellion - Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 4 - Memphis, TN - Beale Street Music Festival - Tom Lee Park
May 6 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head Live*
May 7 - Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater*
May 8 - Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall*
May 10 - Bangor, ME - Rise Above Festival – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
May 11 - Hartford, CT - The Webster*
May 13 - Lancaster, PA - Freedom Hall*
May 14 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Balloom*
May 16-18 - Columbus, OH - Rock on the Range – Crew Stadium
May 17 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Orbit Room*
May 18 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues*
May 20 - St. Paul, MN - Myth - KXXR Radio Show
May 21 - Sioux Falls, SD - The District*

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Rock Picks of the Week: Black Stone Cherry, Redlight King, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Papa Roach, Heart, Soulicit


Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry have released another great single from the 'Beyond The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea.' 'Like I Roll' is the fourth single from the album, following 'White Trash Millionaire,' 'Blame It on the Boom Boom,' and 'In My Blood.' The road warriors recently wrapped up a successful tour with Chickenfoot in the U.S. and more dates in Europe, and are back on the road this summer starting July 28th in Dubuque, Iowa. Chris Robertson (vocals/guitar), Ben Wells (rhythm guitar), Jon Lawhon (bass) and John Fred Young (drums) will be starting work on their next album this fall, and by all indications, considering all the amazing groundwork the band has behind them, it promises to be their most successful yet. Until then, enjoy the great new video for 'Like I Roll,' which documents the band's time on the road. Go and see a great american ROCK band in concert if you get a chance, Black Stone Cherry!

Black Stone Cherry tour dates:
Jul. 28 - Dubuque County Fair - Dubuque, IA
Aug. 8 - Mojoes - Joliet, IL
Aug. 9 - District - Rockford, IL
Aug. 10 - Tyson IBP Events Center - Sioux City, IA
Aug. 11 - Will Rock Fest - Twin Lakes, WI (w/Saving Abel, Fear Factory, Shadows Fall, Deuce, Static X, Janus, Seven Day Sonnet, Red Line Chemistry and more)
Aug. 13 - Headliner's - Toledo, OH
Aug. 14 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
Aug. 16 - Madison Theatre - Covington, KY
Aug. 17 - Busters Billiards and Backroom - Lexington, KY
Aug. 18 - Rally On The River - Ironton, OH (w/My Darkest Days)
Aug. 25 - Rock Jam - Grand Junction, CO (w/3 Doors Down, Theory of a Deadman, Quiet Riot, Jackyl & Slaughter)
Aug. 26 - Club Sound - Salt Lake City, UT
Aug. 27 - Martini Ranch - Scottsdale, AZ
Aug. 29 - The Beaumont - Kansas City, MO
Aug. 30 - The Blue Note - Columbia, MO
Sep. 1 - Hersheypark Stadium - Hershey, PA - Rock Allegiance (w/Stone Temple Pilots, Seether, Three Days Grace, Buckcherry, Daughtry, Puddle of Mudd, Redlight King, Fuel, Charm City Angels, Foxy Shazam, Otherwise & more)
Sep. 2 - Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf - Buffalo, NY
Sep. 3 - Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion - Gilford, NH
Sep. 28 - Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair - Fort Smith, AR
Nov. 27 - Shiprocked - Ft. Lauderdale, FL (w/Godsmack, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, P.O.D., Sevendust, Filter, Fuel, Pop Evil, Lit, Helmet, In This Moment, Geoff Tate, Gilby Clarke, Dead Sara & more)

Redlight King and singer/songwriter Mark Kasprzyk are up next with the track 'Comeback.' Kasprzyk used to be known as Kazzer. That was about a decade ago. Although he got some traction with the song 'Pedal to the Medal,' Kazzer was only a brief flash in the pan in mainstream music. Now years later, Mark Kasprzyk is no longer Kazzer. He’s just Kaz and he’s front and center in a new project he started called Redlight King.

'Comeback' conveys a message of hope, a message of not giving up no matter how far down you are. You can make a 'Comeback' with this inspirational track. It delivers a message of hope in these troubled times. The song is featured on the 'Avengers Assembled' soundtrack as well as the band's album 'Something For the Pain.' The band has had success with the Neil Young cover 'Old Man' and the previous rock pick of the week 'Bullet In My Hand.'

Redlight King is on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival along with Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, In This Moment and Fozzy. The tour kicks off on August 17th in Bonner Springs, Kansas. Before that the band will be part of the K-Rockathon in Syracuse, NY on July 29th with The Offspring, Korn, Public Enemy, AWOLNATION, P.O.D., The Gaslight Anthem, Eve 6, Civil Twilight, Walk the Moon, Evans Blue and Kill The Noise.

Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour dates:
Aug. 17 - Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone - Bonner Springs, KS
Aug. 18 - Arkansas State Fair Complex - Little Rock, AR
Aug. 19 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Maryland Heights, MO
Aug. 21 - Rock the Rapids at Festival Village - Grand Rapids, MI
Aug. 24 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
Aug. 26 - Comcast Center - Mansfield, MA
Aug. 28 - Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain - Scranton, PA
Aug. 29 - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center - Darien Center, NY
Aug. 31 - First Niagara Pavilion - Burgettstown, PA
Sep. 1 - Hersheypark Stadium - Hershey, PA
Sep. 2 - Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA
Sep. 5 - Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park - Simpsonville, SC
Sep. 7 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Clarkston, MI
Sep. 8 - Klipsch Music Center - Noblesville, IN
Sep. 9 - Blossom Music Center - Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Sep. 11 - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek - Raleigh, NC
Sep. 12 - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood - Atlanta, GA
Sep. 13 - 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre At the Florida State Fairgrounds - Tampa, FL
Sep. 15 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - The Woodlands, TX
Sep. 16 - Gexa Energy Pavilion - Dallas, TX
Sep. 18 - Comfort Dental Amphitheatre - Englewood, CO
Sep. 19 - USANA Amphitheatre - West Valley City, UT
Sep. 21 - Greyhound Park and Event Center - Post Falls, ID
Sep. 22 - White River Amphitheatre - Auburn, WA
Sep. 23 - Sleep Country Amphitheater - Ridgefield, WA
Sep. 25 - The Idaho Center - Nampa, ID
Sep. 28 - Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino - Las Vegas, NV
Sep. 29 - Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion - Phoenix, AZ
Sep. 30 - Hard Rock Pavilion - Albuquerque, NM

Red Hot Chili Peppers have released the latest track and video from the 'I'm With You' album. 'Brendan's Death Song,' is a ballad the band wrote in honor of Brendan Mullen, founder of late Seventies Hollywood punk club the Masque. After it was shut down in 1978, Mullen booked shows on the Sunset Strip's Club Lingerie. One day in 1983, Anthony Kiedis and Flea showed up at the club with a boom box and asked Mullen to listen to their demo. He did, and offered them an opening gig for Bad Brains.

"It was a huge step for us to get that gig," Flea said in an interview in 2009. "But in a much more important way, I felt profoundly validated to be accepted and acknowledged by Brendan Mullen, who was a crucial part – a hub – of a scene that for me had mythological status." Mullen suffered a massive stroke and died on the first day that the Chili Peppers were to rehearse with their new guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer.

"When I got to rehearsal I delivered the news to my band that we just lost this beautiful person," said Kiedis, "and then we started playing without really talking. The second thing that came out of that jam was the basis for 'Brendan’s Death Song.'" Keidis also revealed that Mullen was working on a coffee-table book about the band, called 'The Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History,' when he died.

Check out the jazz funeral-themed video for "Brendan's Death Song," which was shot in one day in New Orleans and directed by Marc Klasfeld.

Papa Roach are back with the new single 'Still Swingin' from the upcoming album 'The Connection.' The band recorded in their home studio in Sacramento and also worked in Tommy Lee's Atrium Studio.

Bassist Tobin Esperance said the band basically lived out of the recording area 24/7 while completing the disc. He laughed about how the band laid down 20 tracks, cut it down to 12, and then decided to write five more.

Some of the album tracks include 'Before I Die,' with electronic-programmed verses and a big rock chorus, 'Where Did the Angels Go,' 'Wish You Never Met Me,' produced by Sixx: A.M.‘s James Michael; 'Not That Beautiful' featuring guest vocalist Shanaz; and 'Leader of the Broken Hearts,' a track Shaddix says was initially influenced by their past favorite, 'Forever.'

Shaddix says that he got sober during the making of the record and also dealt with his wife leaving him, stating: “We wanted to make a dynamic and explosive record that captures the raw emotions of life. We also wanted to incorporate the biological sounds of rock with a digital edge to have a fresh sound. This is our own version of what we think the radio should sound like. This is the soundtrack to my life and once again I went through some dark shit and came through thanks to the music."

Here's a three-and-a-half-minute video clip capturing the creative process that went into the making of the cover artwork for 'The Connection':

Ann and Nancy Wilson will release the new Heart album 'Fanatic' on October 2nd. 'Fanatic' was recorded in hotel rooms and studios up and down the West Coast, with Grammy-winning producer Ben Mink back at the helm with the Wilson sisters drawing from their own lives and personal experiences as inspiration for their music. "Rock Deep (Vancouver)" harkens back to the city where Dreamboat Annie was written; and "Walkin' Good" (a duet with Vancouver resident Sarah McLachlan) captures the joy of finding new life in a new love.

The title song is a celebration of the Wilson's life spirit: Ann and Nancy are fanatics about love, art, truth, and the belief that they can do anything together they set their minds to.

Heart will be touring throughout the summer and fall (June 29-November 17). Alejandro Escovedo and Shawn Colvin will be supporting in October and November. This fall, Ann and Nancy Wilson will be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (followed by a live concert webcast).

The hardcover edition of 'Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock and Roll,' will be released by HarperCollins on Sept. 18th. The memoir was penned by Ann & Nancy Wilson with noted Seattle-based author Charles R. Cross ("Room Full of Mirrors - A Biography of Jimi Hendrix"; "Heavier Than Heaven" - a biography of Kurt Cobain).

Here's a podcast on the release of the Heart 'Strange Euphoria,' box set with the title track from 'Fanatic'

Soulicit is comprised of lead vocalist Darick Parson, guitarist Roll, bassist Kevin Parrow & drummer Trent Boehner. The band delivers a straight ahead, energetic, classic hard rocking sound with a sense of humor to boot. Check out the band's hilarious video below and you'll see what I'm talking about.

In September of 2011 Soulicit inked a deal with Thermal Entertainment based out of Greenville, SC. The work began immediately as the band wrapped up recording their first full length label release titled 'Parking Lot Rockstar' which is now being distributed by Megaforce. Check out entire album on the band's official website:

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Chickenfoot/Black Stone Cherry Concert – Santa Barbara Bowl – June 9, 2012 (interview, video and pics)


Chickenfoot/Black Stone Cherry Concert – Santa Barbara Bowl – June 9, 2012 (interview, video and pics)

A trip to the Santa Barbara Bowl for any concert is a true pleasure, as the ambience of the legendary venue always shines through, but when you drop Chickenfoot and Black Stone Cherry in the bowl to rock the place, the party vibe kicks in and doesn't stop. I had a chance to interview Chris Robertson of the always accessible Black Stone Cherry and get some great pics and video from the 'Different Devil' tour stop. Check it all out along with the setlists from both bands below.

Kentucky's own Black Stone Cherry rocked the bowl with their brand of modern southern rock, with tracks from their self-titled debut album, as well as others from 'Folklore and Superstition' and 'Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea.' Toss in a kick ass cover of Joe Walsh's 'Rocky Mountain Way,' and you had a set of hard rock that connected with the audience....those familiar with BSC, and those just being introduced to the band. Vocalist/Guitarist Chris Robertson, guitarist Ben Wells, bassist Jon Lawhon and drummer John Fred Young attack the stage and just don't let up. If you haven't checked out all of their albums, you need to do so because they have a wealth of great material.

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Special thanks to Julie Lichtenstien and Jessie Lee Weiss

In the bonus, I met a new rock brother who has signed with my favorite NFL team, the Oakland Raiders. Fullback Owen Schmidt was sitting next to me, and he is a true Black Stone Cherry fan as well. Check him out in the third and forth clips below and here's a recent interview with him at Good luck this season Owen! He was hanging with BSC after their set, because he wasn't sitting next to us during the Foot.

Here's more photos pre-show and of BSC from the pit:

Chris Robertson of Black Stone Cherry


Jon Lawhon


Ben Wells


Black Stone Cherry rocking the Bowl!


John Fred Young bashing the skins!


Chris Robertson

Young & Rockin' BSC fans

Black Stone Cherry Setlist:
Maybe Someday
Blind Man
Yeah Man
In My Blood
Let It Roll
Rocky Mountain Way (Joe Walsh cover)
White Trash Millionaire
Blame It On the Boom Boom

Chickenfoot hit the stage as the sun began to set, and kept things heated up as they rolled through tracks from their two albums. Chickenfoot came together as friends jamming, which translates to the stage with the friendly jabs and interaction between all of the guys. Even though drummer Kenny Aronoff is only filling in for Chad Smith as he fulfills his Red Hot Chili Pepper duties, he fits right in as the band doesn't miss a beat with his incredible drumming skills. It was the first time Chickenfoot has played Santa Barbara, and the first concert that Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony have played in S.B. It was a great show by masterful musicians!

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Chickenfoot rocking the Bowl!

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Chickenfoot in S.B.

The Foot rocks Santa Barbara!

Chickenfoot rocking Santa Barbara Bowl

Chickenfoot Set List:
Lighten Up
Big Foot
Last Temptation
Sexy Little Thing
Soap on a Rope
Up Next
My Kinda Girl
Down the Drain
Something Going Wrong
Turnin' Left
Future in the Past

Different Devil
Oh Yeah
Rock Candy (Montrose cover)

Here's a photo album of pics on my Marshall of Rock facebook page:

Here's some additional awesome pics and concert report from my man Ray at

As Chickenfoot wrapped up the 'Different Devil' Tour the following night at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, the band has posted a 'Footnote' thanking everyone who came out:

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Black Stone Cherry kicking ass in the U.K., drummer John Fred Young talks upcoming tour with Chickenfoot, tracks with Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale and more

by on Mar.23, 2012, under INTERVIEWS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Black Stone Cherry kicking ass in the U.K., drummer John Fred Young talks upcoming tour with Chickenfoot, tracks with Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale and more

Black Stone Cherry are currently on an awesome U.K. tour with Rival Sons. caught up with the band as they made their way onstage at a recent U.K. gig. caught up with BSC drummer John Fred Young, and he let us all know everything the band is up to, now and in the near future:

LW: We already talked in-depth about the military based video for ‘In My Blood’ that you recently debuted. The song isn’t necessarily specifically about the military, it applies to anyone who’s been away from their loved ones, how did you connect the two and want to release a video that paints such a vivid picture of the military?

JFY: I think they make the biggest sacrifices out of anybody. We wanted to show a job that took the most sacrifice, and that was it. I can’t think of one that’s even comparable, ours is a grain of sand. We get homesick but these guys are giving up everything to protect our country and the freedom of our people. It’s a nice reminder that these guys are out there doing it and they don’t have to, they choose to.

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LW: You also recently kicked off your “What’s In Your Blood” web campaign; what’s that all about and how can fans get involved?

JFY: It’s whatever you’re into that’s in your blood, it doesn’t matter what it is. You can send us a video and we’re going to be picking the most unique one and we’re going to do a private acoustic show for the winner and their friends.

LW: Your latest album, ‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,’ has been called a “summation of a year in the life of the band—every emotion, triumph, loss, romance and everything in between” Do you think that accurately describes it?

JFY: Yeah I think I does, it does a pretty good job of it. We were home for all of 2010 writing and we hadn’t been home for like five years for that length of time, it was definitely different for us. Three out of four of us still live at home with our parents (because we’re losers) and we definitely had to get used to that whole scenario of not being on a tour bus and not just being able to throw our clothes everywhere or just a leave a hotel room behind. We had to really get back to a regimen of a different routine and I think it was really great for us.

We got to spend a lot of missed time with family and friends and get back to who we were before we left in 2006 and it was cool, we had a good time with it. Honestly, I hope the next one doesn’t take that long; a lot of it was our label trying to get us to do co-write after co-write because they wanted to make sure that we had the widest spectrum of songs. We’ve always just written by ourselves and we didn’t really want to write with anybody or include an outside writer because we thought that might change the sound of our band and we didn’t want that. We went ahead and did it, and it came out good. Some of the writes didn’t make the record and some of them did and we had some great experiences writing with people. It was a new approach to songwriting for us; it was a different experience than just writing by ourselves.

LW: Other than those co-writes, has your writing process changed much over the years as the band has evolved or has it stayed the same?

We do the same thing, we all four write collectively the music and the lyrics. On our first record we wrote a lot of song with my dad who’s a musician, plays with The Kentucky Headhunters, he produced that album with us. On the second record, we did it with a producer named Bob Marlette, and writing with him was a new experience. We were scared; we didn’t want to write with outside people. Some of the tracks on the latest album were written entirely by us like the song ‘Blame it on the Boom Boom.’ We had a lot of different people come up and write with us though, at first we were kind of close-minded because we didn’t want to sound like a lot of the other bands that these guys were writing with. Obviously it’s not that they’re not creative, but a lot of the input is coming out of other bands that are modern rock bands and we didn’t want that influence to heavily override our sound. No offense to any of the bands, a lot of them are great friends and we love a lot of their music but the most important thing to us is to keep our music sounding like Black Stone Cherry and not sound like somebody else.

LW: You mentioned that all four of you are involved in writing both the music and the lyrics, how hard is it for the four of you to come together and agree on things when it comes to the creative process?

JFY: It can be hard sometimes, but for most of the time it’s really easy. There’s not a lot of ego when it comes to writing and recording our music. We’re all open-minded and I think that’s allowed us to be creative. If you only have one person writing, things stay very one-dimensional, with four writers you get an array of different ideas. We’re not too precious on our ideas, if one of us comes up with something that sucks, we’ll all chime in and say it sucks, and we move on. That makes the process a lot quicker.

LW: Do you think part of that comes with being together for so long and your friendships?

JFY: Absolutely, we love each other and we hate each other, to death. It’s that great energy, we’re like brothers. [Frontman] Chris [Robertson] and I have known each other since kindergarten and that’s a really long bond. Our bass player Jon [Lawhon] moved up from Florida in 1999 so we’ve known him for a long time. Ben [Wells], our guitar player, he actually lived in the town next to us and we met him in 2001. He came down to a party and we were hanging out and the next day we all hung out together. It was June 4, Chris’ 16th birthday. It’s a pretty cool story about a bunch of hillbillies getting together to form a band.

LW: You partnered with producer Howard Benson on your latest record. I’d imagine for a band that likes to do things their own way, working with Howard was a new experience for you?

JFY: At first, I remember we pulled up to the studio to meet with him in California. We pulled up in our little rental all cramped up and we parked in his spot. He had someone come in and ask us if we could move so he could park his Beamer in his spot right next to the door so immediately we thought, “This dude’s a prick. We don’t want to work with him.” The label really wanted us to work with him so we did. We went to the rehearsal studio and we got to hang with Howard and we really hit it off with him right off the bat and became good buddies and formed a personal friendship after the first couple of days. He and Chris are both huge football fanatics so they hit it off.

From a musician standpoint, it was very educational working with him because he didn’t work too much with the guitars or bass, he didn’t even come to the studio when we did that. What he was there for were the drums and vocals and my drumming had to be spot on. We cut the drums in two days. Their studio is like a factory, that room has everything dialed in and man what a great sound. We had a really great engineer named Mike Plotnikoff and that’s important. We told Howard one of the reasons we didn’t want to work with him was because we didn’t want to sound like all these other bands, they sound great and have hit records, but we just didn’t want to compromise our sound. I remember Mike telling us that we’d be surprised how many bands want to sound like each other.

LW: There’s a couple of songs on the album (‘Such a Shame’ and ‘Won’t Let Go’) that feature Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale singing backup; how did that come together?

JFY: We’ve been friends with those guys for a long time. She has amazing vocals; she’s truly a great singer. The way that came about, we needed a high harmony on that song, and there’s a singer I guess that does a lot of the backup high soprano stuff on Howard’s albums. We knew it would probably get the job done but we just didn’t want to have somebody come in and sing on the album that wasn’t going to be playing every night live with us.

So Howard asked us if there was anyone we wanted to do a guest appearance on a song that can sing that high and Halestorm was out there writing and we were all staying in the same apartments out there and so we asked Lzzy to do it. She did a killer job and hopefully we’ll do a video for that song. It’s actually a single in Germany right now, hopefully it will be a single here in America and we can do a video for it and get her in it, it would be cool!

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LW: You mentioned your dad earlier, has he been the biggest influence for you throughout your career and do you think that country rock vibe that you’ve captured so well with Black Stone Cherry comes from that influence?

JFY: Yeah absolutely, I think my dad and my uncle have inspired us hugely with letting us practice in their practice house. One of the biggest influences on us is watching the Headhunters play. Chris comes from a pretty country background too, his dad plays guitar and his grandpa made mandolins. The Headhunters were never really a country band until about the ’80s, and then they started playing country music. You probably wouldn’t have a lot of these rebel country guys like Jason Aldean or Randy Houser, or Montgomery Gentry if it wasn’t for the Kentucky Headhunters back in the early ’90s.

I find out in meeting a lot of both rock and country artists that they’re big fans and that’s a cool thing. We’re very thankful to be in the family of great musicians like that. My dad has sat us down and taught us the ways of publishing and how you receive royalties. He’s still a financial advisor to us, so it’s good. Sometimes you want to kill each other because your family but it’s definitely great to have someone looking out for you.

LW: So did you always know that you wanted to follow in his footsteps and pursue a music career or when did you start playing drums and decide that was the right path for you?

JFY: When I was little I wanted to be a veterinarian. When I got in 8th grade I started playing the drums. Chris and I got together and I couldn’t even play ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ or ‘Back in Black’ at first. It was a learning experience. My dad wanted me to play guitar, and I couldn’t make the bar chords and I got frustrated and was done so I started playing drums. Now I kind of kick myself in the butt sometimes because I wish I had practiced more on the guitar. I’m just now learning how to make chords and trying to learn. No pun intended but it was definitely in my blood to do this. I use to go out on the road with him when I was little and I never really thought “this is what I want to do” I just thought it was a cool job that my dad and uncle had.

LW: You recently announced that you’ll be heading out with Chickenfoot this summer for some dates. That should be a great opportunity for you to tap into a whole new fan base. Are you excited about those shows?

JFY: Terribly excited, we are really excited. There’s a lot of great musicians in that band. Sammy is a great singer; he’s my favorite Van Halen singer. David Lee Roth is a great singer and a great frontman but for me personally Sammy’s my guy, even when he was in Montrose, way back in the day, I was a fan.

It’s going to be great, with [Joe] Satriani playing guitar, that’s not going to suck and Michael Anthony is an amazing musician, it’s going to be great. During that tour we’re going to be in front of some new faces that we haven’t met before so that’s going to be nice for us, we’re really looking forward to it.

There’s a lot of cool shows coming up for us, this year is going to be great for us. I think we’re doing a cruise. ShipRocked, at the end of the year. We have to do a lot of stuff this year because the world is going to end and we have to make a big impact!



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Black Stone Cherry channel Joe Walsh at Baltimore gig (video)

by on Feb.14, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Black Stone Cherry channel Joe Walsh at Baltimore gig (video)

Road Warriors and great American Rock band Black Stone Cherry channeled the great Joe Walsh at their recent gig in Baltimore, Maryland at Rams Head Live! Check out their version of 'Rocky Mountain Way' and some other fan shot footage from the gig. Chris Robinson, Ben Wells, Jon Lawhon and John Fred Young rip it up on this version! If you haven't got a copy of their latest album 'Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea,' get it! Every song kicks ass and they have a version of Little River Band's 'Can't You See' on the album as well. Watch and listen below:

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