Black Stone Cherry rev up the ‘Soul Machine’

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This is Black Stone Cherry.

The Edmonton, KY band has been kicking out the southern tinged radio rock since 2001.

They’ve released a total of four full length albums on Roadrunner Records, but have resigned with the Mascot Label Group for their upcoming fifth album entitled, “Kentucky“.


Guitarist Ben Wells commented on the new album:

“This is the first time we get to self-produce. And most of the songs, with the exception of maybe two or three out of fifteen, are all written by us, the four of us. Which all of our songs always are — we might co-write with somebody — but this time, the majority of the songs are all written by us. So it feels really good to kind of have that creative freedom. Even though we’re still learning things as we get along, we’ve kind of picked up over the years touring internationally what our fans have come to expect and what we expect from ourselves and what we know people are gonna enjoy from us. So it’s definitely… it’s raw, it’s heavy. We’re going back to our hometown to record it, where we did our debut album. So we’re kind of revisiting some of that old mojo that we had, and I think our fans have been wanting that from us for a long time now. So we want, and I know they want it, and we’re just excited about it. I mean, the songs… These are probably some of the coolest songs we’ve written as far as the music and the melodies.”

Drummer John Fred Young, who also happens to be the son of The Kentucky Headhunters’s guitarist Richard Young, also had this to say about the bands fifth full length release:

“We’re not doing a prog record — it’s not that different — but I think it does have parts where I don’t think records before have had these parts. And I think people are gonna go, ‘Wow! I’ve never heard ’em do that, or that transition there.’ And I think, too, with us, we’re… In America, like I’ve said before, and we’ve all said, you are only as good as your last American rock single, and for us, we just don’t play that ballgame, because our fans, they’re here for the live show, they’re here to hear the songs and have a great time. And I think that in some previous records, we were in positions with the label where we had to write songs formatted [for radio].”

Kentucky” is slated for an April 1, 2016 release date.

An advance single in the form of a hopped-up lyric video has been delivered for the masses for the song, ‘Soul Machine’