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Kentucky’s Black Stone Cherry are one of the most appealing young hard rock groups to come around in some time, combining their southern rock roots with the emotive passion of modern hard rock to create a powerful weave of intricate guitar riffing and indelible melodies. Chris Robertson sings with maximum authority and a hint of fragility lurking underneath his machismo blasts, as much Eddie Vedder as Skynyrd’s Ronnie Van Zant. That’s a real “please” he issues during “Please Come In” and there’s pure sentiment behind the haunting ballad “Things My Father Said.” Just as their 2006 self-titled debut exhibited the band’s elevated musicianship, this 2008 follow-up adds to their arsenal of musical chops. Drummer John Fred Young twists the standard hard rock beats with quick, intense flourishes (“Blind Man,” “Reverend Wrinkle”) that give the band an extra edge. “Peace is Free” evolves into a singalong anthem with all members contributing, while “Sunrise” jumpcuts into a reggae groove for its chorus.

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Black Stone Cherry Unleashes Its Soul

Some claim sellout, they're wrong. Hear what it sounds like when Paul McCartney gives Chris Cornell some of his LSD while cranking up the Led Zepplin at a party with Aerosmith, as they take it down with some of Jim Morrisson's alcohol! Black Stone Cherry has dug down deep within their souls and inspirations, not losing the love of Elvis and Muddy Waters or the original urgency of Zep, and really explored not only the studio space with producer Bob Marlette, but themselves as not only musicians, but people. Their roots and origins through rock and roll to where they are today are all wrapped up like a Christmas package with a black and red bow on top. And for those who claim sellout, what would songs like Sunrise and Ghost of Floyd Collins be doing on a sellout record? Maturity is displayed within this album as the composition and lyrical content has expanded, and like its predecessor, it is still positive thematically. This is simply who these guys are, a worn, sepia tone photograph with a shimmer gloss, displaying that they'll carry their battle scars with them, yet always put their best foot forward. This is an impact record, and one that easily should be tossed into the catalog of what defines the term Rock N' Roll, which is hard for a young band to accomplish.

Rock N Roll The Way Its Supposed To Be

Another great album by another great band. Listened through the album once. Maybe one or two songs im not sure about but I know it will grow on me. Just like all the great albums BSC the first album I wasnt sure about but had to listen to it a couple of times and then loved it. It is one of the few cds 2 years later I could still jam out to. One of the better bands I have seen live, saw them a couple weeks ago and going to see them again next month. If you get this cd you wont be disappointed. If you dont already have the first cd get it too. If you havent seen them live go see them. The power of this band live and on cd is amazing. You get your moneys worth out of anything involving Black Stone Cherry. If you get one make it the Special Edition which has 3 more songs.

Nice effort to move step at a time boys.

BSC deliver a very nice effort in taking their Kentucky Fried Rock into new areas. Their musicianship is progressing and they're exploring new sounds (ie. Long Sleeves, check out the organ Devil's Queen, Harmonica on The Key)...that is all good, but reggae+hard southern rock is a bit of a stretch (Sunrise). I agree that they are not as interesting when they go into "Nickelback rock ballad" mode. I am also not too keen on producers overdoing the choruses to make them sound like arenas, but the boys are playing some larger spaces these days(congrats!) and they are probably enjoying the attention...Blind Man, Rev. Wrinkle, Soul Creek, The Key, Long Sleeves, Devil's Queen all ROCK OUT...With Rage Against The Machine back, you gotta bring your hard hat to work every day boys! See ya' next time you swing by Louisville!


Formed: 2001 in Edmonton, KY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Fiery Southern rockers Black Stone Cherry originally hailed from a small rural town in south central Kentucky. According to the bandmembers, none of whom were born before 1983, the lack of anything to do in their hometown, coupled with a rich musical background in their community and families, led them to start playing music. Lead vocalist and guitarist Chris Robertson met drummer John Fred Young (the son of Kentucky Headhunters' Richard Young) in school, and the two played music together throughout...
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Folklore and Superstition, Black Stone Cherry
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, Hard Rock, Southern Rock, Metal
  • Released: Aug 16, 2008

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