Black Stone Cherry released their new album KENTUCKY recently and just today announced their debut tour to Australia with STEEL PANTHER

Casper sat down and had a one on one with John Fred earlier about the album and a little bit of history about the band and of course what to expect from their tour. 

BLACK STONE CHERRY have released a new track, ‘Soul Machine’ from their hotly anticipated fifth studio album, ‘Kentucky’, set for release on 1st April via the Mascot Label Group.  Check out the new track and lyric video here: 

Black Stone Cherry - Soul Machine (Official Lyric Video)

Recording the album outside the confines of record label influence, the boys of BLACK STONE CHERRY were in a position to make the record exactly how they wanted, with no compromise and no exterior pressure to conform to a certain agenda.  Guitarist Ben Wells says, “What’s cool about this album is that we got to do some things we haven’t done before, but that we’ve wanted to do before.”  So the band brought in two backing vocalists, Sandra and Toynnia Dye, and horn players, Jonas Butler and Ryan Stiles to add their unique colour to ‘Soul Machine’. 

BLACK STONE CHERRY frontman/guitarist Chris Robertson elaborates; “It was cool to try a couple of new things. They add a real element, they’re not really at the forefront, but we were able to do that without being told “oh, that’s not gonna sell” or “that’s not gonna work right”.  But since we were doing this on our own and we produced the record ourselves, we kinda got to do it the way we wanted to.” 

The southern rockers crafted the ‘Kentucky’ album (named after their home state) at Barrick Recording, the same ‘local’ studio where they recorded their eponymous debut over 8 years ago.  The whole vibe and nature of the songs, steeped in the band’s hometown roots, meant that the collection could have no more fitting a name. 

More BSC news coming soon.  Stay tuned!