Black Stone Cherry - Kentucky

180 Gram White Vinyl + Digital Download

$36.90
In Stock


Calculate Shipping

Kentucky is the fifth studio album by American southern rock band Black Stone Cherry, released in April 2016 by Mascot Records.

Black Stone Cherry formed in 2001 in Edmonton, Kentucky. The band consists of Chris Robertson (lead vocals, lead guitar), Ben Wells (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Jon Lawhon (bass guitar, backing vocals), and John Fred Young (drums, backing vocals).

Sometimes you need to look back in order to move forward. While Black Stone Cherry have had increasing chart success, the band felt a lack of creative control over their recordings. To that end, they left Roadrunner Records and signed to Mascot. Earlier Black Stone Cherry albums were always imbalanced: songwriting was sometimes sacrificed in an attempt to replicate the band's live sound; at other times, it was the reverse. Kentucky is a self-produced, back-to-the-roots affair (with participation from a host of local players and singers).

Opener "The Way Of The Future" walks the line between gnarly, riff-tastic hard rock and heavy metal. Frontman/guitarist Chris Robertson's rant against greedy politicians is fueled by his and Ben Wells' twin-guitar attack, grooving tom-tom, kickdrum fills from John Fred Young, and a fuzzed-out, Geezer Butler-esque bassline from Jon Lawhon. The two proceeding tracks, "In Our Dreams" and "Shakin' My Cage", are equally bone-crunching. The gears shift on "Soul Machine". It blends greasy Southern-fried funk and adrenalin-fueled blues-rock, with Robertson backed by Stax-style vocalists Sandra and Tonya Dye.

Black Stone Cherry can still write killer hooks, too: "Long Ride" is a power ballad in classic '70s rock fashion, complete with a rousing anthemic chorus and melodic guitar fills by Wells. The band updates Edwin Starr's psychedelic soul classic "War" with fat baritone saxophone, brass, dirty, in-the-red distorted guitars, and a large backing chorus. Robertson's vocal is filled with righteous indignation as the band swells toward volcanic eruption.

"Hangman" is steeped in squalling, hard-riffing blues with a hooky chorus, while "Rescue Me", despite its brief gospelized intro, is the meanest, leanest thing on the set. The groove-centric intro of "Feelin' Fuzzy" gives way to a funky backbeat with guitars on stun. The latter album track "Darkest Secret" helps close the album circle with off-the-rails metallic hard rock, though the chorus is drenched in Southern groove.

Kentucky marks the first time Black Stone Cherry have balanced all of their writing strengths with their concert presence. The album is a grower. After a listen or two, Black Stone Cherry 's back-to-the-cradle approach proves that track for track, Kentucky is not only more consistent, but more satisfying than previous albums.

Check out the tracks: The Way Of The Future; In Our Dreams; The Rambler and Soul Machine.

This LP on limited white 180 gram heavyweight vinyl with digital download card with bonus tracks, is pressed in Europe.

 

(819873012740)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

The Way Of the Future

3:53

A2

In Our Dreams

3:49

A3

Shakin’ My Cage

4:10

A4

Soul Machine

4:01

A5

Long Ride

4:03

A6

War

4:07

B1

Hangman

3:57

B2

Rescue Me

3:47

B3

Feelin’ Fuzzy

3:15

B4

Darkest Secret

4:01

B5

Born To Die

4:33

B6

The Rambler

5:09

SKU 819873012740
Record Label Mascot Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number M 7483 1
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 01 April 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 01 April 2016
Barcode # 819873012740
Shipping Weight 0.3000kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram White Vinyl, Digital Download Card with Bonus Tracks, Includes Mascot Messenger Newspaper
Vinyl Colour White
Genre Rock
Format VINYL LP

Be The First To Review This Product!

Help other Captain Stomp Records users shop smarter by writing reviews for products you have purchased.

Write a product review


Others Also Bought



More From This Category