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Album Review

Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Barry Goldberg had enough fun with Can't Get Enough, their first album as the Rides, that they decided to knock out another one three years later. Called Pierced Arrow, the album is pretty similar to the 2013 debut. The two singer/guitarists duel with their six strings and trade off songs, allowing covers like Willie Dixon's classic "My Babe" into the mix. Stills still favors elastic structures graced by folky harmonies, a technique that doesn't feel strictly blues, but provides a nice counterpart to the straight-ahead Shepherd, who continues to favor 12-bar blues. This split echoes in the leads the two trade off: Stills winds his way around the fretboard while Shepherd spits out leads. Ultimately, it's this guitar interplay that's the attribute of Pierced Arrow. Some of the songs stick out — particularly, Stills' two attempts at social commentary, "Virtual World" and "Mr. Policeman," both of which would've fit on a CSN LP — but this is a record about instrumental interplay, not about songs. [Pierced Arrow was also released on LP.]

Customer Reviews

Another Winner!

Powerful and essential blues, just as good as their first effort. A lot of passion went into this and the only other 2016 album I've heard that compares to this is The Jordan Patterson Band's "The Back on Track Recording Project Revisted," a superior effort by a Canadian band.

More proof the blues is just as essentiall as ever!

Long time Rocker and

All I can say is WOW, having grew up in the 70's listening to CSNY and watching KWS grow up in Shreveport from a kid playing for the locals, this record is a total blast from the past mixed with the unmistakable strength on 2 great guitar players, it's Classic Rock and the Blues...


Formed: 2013

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '10s

A supergroup of sorts, the Rides are a blues-rock group consisting of Stephen Stills, formerly of Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young), and Manassas; Barry Goldberg, formerly a member of Electric Flag, and guitar wiz Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The trio's first album, Can't Get Enough, was released in the summer of 2013 and was modeled on the 1968 album Super Session, which both Stills and Goldberg played on along with the late guitarist Mike Bloomfield. Buoyed by the success of...
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Pierced Arrow (Deluxe Version), The Rides
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