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Black Stone Cherry

Small town life can be idyllic. Sure everybody knows your business but there's a great support system of family and friends. There are really only two reasons people ever leave - nothing to do and no jobs. But if you can figure out a way to earn a living and keep the juices flowing, small town life is not a bad way to go.

Black Stone Cherry (BSC) hail from Edmonton, Kentucky. It's a small burg of less than 2,000 people located off the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway (90) in the south-central part of the state, east of Bowling Green and in between the Mammoth Cave National Park and the Wolf Creek Recreation Area. In other words, it's in the middle of nowhere. Edmonton is even in a "dry" (alcohol-prohibited) county.

All BSC members had family who turn them on to a broad range of musical styles - from Bluegrass to Gospel. Young's dad was even a member of the famous Country group, the Kentucky Headhunters.

Blood Stone Cherry came together in the summer of '04 operating under the influence of Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Black Crowes. The name came from the famous kretek cigarette Black Stone (Cherry Flavor). Kretek cigarettes are a blend of tobacco, cloves and a flavoring 'sauce' that originated in Indonesia. Either someone really liked the smokes or they felt their music was a similar exotic blend.

BSC signed with Roadrunner Records and released their self-titled debut in '06. Young's father, along with veteran engineer David Barrick, who worked with the Kentucky Headhunters, produced the album, and Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith's "Nine Lives" and Led Zeppelin's "How The West Was Won") handled the mixing. Nice to get frontline talent from the get go.

The single "Lonely Train," a song about the effects on families left behind when a soldier goes off to war, drew immediate attention (with the war in Iraq and all).

The group's sophomore effort, "Folklore And Superstition," landed in the summer, '08.

Three years later, BSC's third album, "Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea," featured the singles "White Trash Millionaire," "Blame It On The Boom Boom" and "In My Blood." The album peaked at #29 on the Billboard 200 but topped the U.K. Rock Album Chart. "White Trash Millionaire" went to #11 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart while "Blame It On The Boom Boom" out performed the other two singles on the U.S. Rock Songs Chart, peaking at #24.

'14 saw the arrival of "Magic Mountain" which continued the groups upward chart mobility by making its debut at #22 on the Billboard 200. The clip for the lead single "Me and Mary Jane," was shot in Nashville with director Mason Dixon. "We wanted to make a cool, interesting, and dangerous video, all the while keeping it sexy and Rock 'n Roll," stated Robertson.

A line in the song goes "Me and Mary Jane got a thing goin' on." But from the looks of things, it's the women in the clip who have it goin' on, passing joints, getting high and dancing as the band plays on.

When the smoke cleared, Black Stone Cherry released a live album and DVD, "Thank You: Livin' Live." The footage and audio was from the band's '14 show at LG Arena in Birmingham, England.

The group returned to the studio and "Kentucky," their fifth studio album, was the result. The '16 effort was recorded in Glasgow, KY and was the first set produced by the band. It went to #1 on Billboard's Top Hard Rock Albums chart.

Stretching out, BSC released the "Black To Blues" EP. "I know it's crazy for four Rock n' Roll dudes to make a Blues EP, but (it's) been our DNA from day one," said Robertson of the '17 effort. "Blues is the music we listen to when we sit around on the bus with a bottle of bourbon." The set included songs written by Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and Albert King.

Black Stone Cherry then issued "Family Tree." Also produced by the band, the '18 album contained the singles "Burnin'" and "Bad Habit."

Black Stone Cherry Discography


2006 Black Stone Cherry
2008 Folklore And Superstition
2011 Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
2014 Magic Mountain
2016 Kentucky
2017 Black To Blues EP
2019 Family Tree

When Southern Rock emerged in the '70s it had a lean, tough sound that rolled out like a motorcycle down an empty country road. Two decades later, Grunge led with an undeniable sonic heaviness and density. Black Stone Cherry draws from both of these sources. Not surprisingly (considering where they are from), they are far more accomplished at Southern Rock.


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