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Black Stone Cherry

Postby Chris » Wed May 13, 2015 11:39 pm

Black Stone Cherry – Thursday, July 16 at 7pm

Chris Robertson – Lead vocals, guitars
Ben Wells – guitar, background vocals
Jon Lawhon – Bass guitar, background vocals
John Fred Young – Drums, background vocals

Black Stone Cherry formed in 2001 in Edmonton, Kentucky and first rehearsed in the house used by the Kentucky Headhunters when they formed in 1968. The band consisted of teenage friends Chris Robertson, Ben Wells, Jon Lawhon, and John Fred Young, the son of Kentucky Headhunter’s Richard Young. The band signed with Roadrunner Records and released their self-titled debut album in 2006. Three songs from the album made the Mainstream Rock Chart Top 30, led by “Rain Wizard” at #14. The album reached #90 on the album chart and the band hit the concert trail with Buckcherry and Black Label Society. An EP titled Hell & High Water was released at the end of 2006 that introduced the song “Big City Lights.” Another EP titled Rain Wizard was released later in 2007. Each EP was only released digitally on iTunes. A limited edition live album titled Live at the Astoria was released on October 31, 2007. The album was recorded at their final concert of their 2007 tour. In August 2008, their 2nd full length album, Folklore and Superstition, was released. Three songs from the album made the Mainstream Rock Chart, the highest being “Blind Man” at #19. The album reached #28 in the US and was #1 on the Rock Chart in the UK, where the album went Silver. 2011 saw the release of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. This album also went #1 on the UK Rock Chart while topping out at #29 in the US. Four songs from this album would reach the Mainstream Rock Chart with the highest being “White Trash Millionaire” (#11) and “In My Blood” (#10). 2014’s Magic Mountain kept the #1’s rolling, again topping the UK Rock Chart. It also is the highest charting album for the band in the US. “Remember Me” (#36) and “Me and Mary Jane” (#16) have both appeared on the Mainstream Rock Chart. The band will be making their 2nd appearance at Moondance Jam after playing Jam 19 in 2010.

Album Charts
2006 Black Stone Cherry #90
2008 Folklore and Superstition #28
2011 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea #29
2014 Magic Mountain #22

Mainstream Rock Hits
2006 Lonely Train #19
2006 Hell & High Water #30
2007 Rain Wizard #29
2008 Blind Man #19
2008 Please Come In #24
2009 Soul Creek #33
2011 White Trash Millionaire #11
2011 Blame It on the Boom Boom
2011 In My Blood #10
2012 Like I Roll #22
2014 Me and Mary Jane #16
2014 Remember Me #36

Setlist – December 14, 2014 in Glasgow, Kentucky
Rain Wizard
Blind Man
Me and Mary Jane
In My Blood
Holding On…To Letting Go
Maybe Someday
Such a Shame
Things My Father Said
Fiesta del Fuego
Like I Roll
Bad Luck & Hard Love
Drum Solo
Hollywood in Kentucky
Hell & High Water
White Trash Millionaire
Blame It on the Boom Boom
Peace is Free
Lonely Train
30 Seconds of Death Metal

Did You Know?
John Fred Young is the son of Kentucky Headhunters’ rhythm guitarist Richard Young.
His uncle is also a founding member of Kentucky Headhunters.
Black Stone Cherry’s hometown, Edmonton, KY, is located in a dry county.
The band played on VH1’s Best Cruise Ever in April along with 3 Doors Down, Shinedown, and Lifehouse.
The song “Please Come In” has been featured on Monday Night Football telecasts.
Their Live at the Astoria album was limited to 1000 copies.
Black Stone Cherry played at the Download Festival at Donnington Park, England in both 2008 and 2009.
They opened for Whitesnake and Def Leppard in 2008 in the UK.
They also opened for this years Thursday night closer, Nickelback, in 2009.
Their song “Stay” was covered by Florida Georgia Line.
Lzzy Hale of Halestorm sang on “Such a Shame” and “Won’t Let Go” from the album Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
The band opened for the Lynyrd Skynyrd/Bad Company co-headlining tour.
They headlined the 2nd stage at the 2013 Download Festival.
Classic Rock Magazine (June 2014) included a special CD titled Black Stone Cherry – Hits, Rarities & Live.
The band opened for jam alums Alter Bridge and Theory of a Deadman in Europe in 2011.
They co-headlined with another jam alum, Cavo, in 2012.
The band has kept the original lineup throughout their career.

My Take - Then
At first, I have to admit I knew very little about Black Stone Cherry. I had heard of them through our local rock radio station 98.9. Truth be told, I rarely listen to that station as they lean toward newer rock that, for one reason or another, I don’t listen too much anymore. Like many rock fans my age, I haven’t kept up with rock music’s current direction. However, lately I have been listening to more new music, in part because of the newer bands at this year’s jam. After my recent trip to Minneapolis and listening a lot to 93X, I am going to try to listen to more new music. There is a lot of good music out there, and Black Stone Cherry is one of the bands that deserve our attention. Their admitted influences are the rock bands I grew up loving. To top it off, they don’t sound as young (early 20’s) as they actually are. I especially like “Rain Wizard,” “Hell & High Water,” and “Lonely Train” from their debut album. From their latest release I really enjoy “Blind Man,” and “Things My Father Said.” Their second album is not as heavy as their debut and it shows a wider range of musical influences. While they have been classified as Southern rock, to me, only “Things My Father Said” has the Southern classic rock sound. The rest of their music is much heavier but still very listenable. They are not nearly as southern to me as Blackberry Smoke, who will play right before them. Now they are southern classic rock. While I think Black Stone Cherry might be a better fit on Thursday, I think people will be pleasantly surprised with their set. If they keep with similar set lists from 2009, we will also get to hear a cover song or two, as they regularly cover “Sweet Home Alabama,” ZZ Top’s “Just Got Paid,” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).” Some people may even decide to make the jump like I have and start listening to newer bands that have a classic rock sound.

My Take - Now
I remember seeing Black Stone Cherry play Moondance in 2010. It was an early set and they were very loud, yet somehow had a classic Southern Rock sound. Another band that year, Blackberry Smoke, also had a classic Southern Rock sound but in a completely different way. I thought they were an interesting contrast in sound. I also remember the majority of jammers being very impressed with them that year and I think they definitely earned a return appearance at Moondance Jam. Their drummer especially comes to mind for his performance in 2010. I think they have become a tighter unit since playing the jam last. I also think they have softened their sound slightly as well. Their two albums since they last played have been well-received and their singles have continued to perform well on the Mainstream Rock Charts. I am especially looking forward to hearing “In My Blood,” a great rock song with a touching story based on a soldier serving overseas, and “Me and Mary Jane,” which grabs you right from the beginning. “Things My Father Said” will also be well-received I believe. Black Stone Cherry is another band, similar to Pop Evil, that I feel older rock fans should embrace. I encourage you to just go to youtube and play the Top Tracks for Black Stone Cherry list. Every song has their signature southern rock sound with lyrics you can understand. I’ve mentioned how great I think the rock lineup is for Thursday and Black Stone Cherry is a huge part of that.

Lonely Train
Hell & High Water
Rain Wizard
Big City Lights
Blind Man
Please Come In
Things My Father Said
White Trash Millionaire
Blame It on the Boom Boom
In My Blood
Like I Roll
Me and Mary Jane
Remember Me
Hollywood in Kentucky
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Re: Black Stone Cherry

Postby IanR » Thu May 14, 2015 2:45 am

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought BSC were loud - I thought it was just me getting old lol. Actually they weren't as loud as they were when I saw them a couple of years earlier opening for Whitesnake and Def Leppard. That was indoors, and man they were LOUD.
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Re: Black Stone Cherry

Postby gopherboy6 » Thu May 14, 2015 8:32 am

Fun band both musically and visually, although the hair is shorter so it won't be flying around as much. Just remember the drummer being very active and standing up as much as he sat down. Thursday night is going to rock!
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Re: Black Stone Cherry

Postby Reddog » Sat May 16, 2015 9:00 am

This is by far, of the " newer " bands I'm most excited to see. Maybe it's just the Southern boy in me, but since they've been announced, I've been listening to them a lot. Still haven't found a song of theirs I don't like. Can't wait to see them live!
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