One of modern rock's most underrated bands will be making their fourth appearance at Rock on the Range this May. Black Stone Cherry will hit Columbus about a week and half after their fourth album Magic Mountain will have been released.
The reason why these guys are one of my personal favorites is that their roots are clearly entrenched in the classic southern rock sound of bands like Blackfoot, Molly Hatchet, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. While a lot of their roots can be traced to southern rock music, they bring an intensity and heaviness that give them a sound of their own. Hailing from The Bluegrass State's small town of Edmonton, their music has a real feel to it that small town U.S.A. headbangers can appreciate. They are definitely not only bound to southern rock. The band has also mixed in elements of metal and even some alternative rock sounds but it is their raw, southern sound that shows them at their best. They are even better when they perform live.
Drummer John Fred Young is the son of Richard Young; guitarist for The Kentucky Headhunters. Immersed in southern rock all their lives, Young and fellow band mates Chris Robertson (lead vocals, lead guitar), Ben Wells (rhythm guitar), and Jon Lawhon (bass) have worn that influence proudly through their first three albums. That's a breath of fresh air in an era where most hard rock bands trade in their core for a more commercial and poppy sound. Judging off of the snippets of the new record that they've leaked, Magic Mountain is sure to contain the same BSC punch that we've grown to expect from them. Hopefully, they'll even indulge us with some new material at Rock on the Range.
The following list is my Top 20 Most Essential Black Stone Cherry tracks, let me know what you think!
4. Fade Away
9. Lonely Train
12. Maybe Someday
14. Rain Wizard
17. Reverend Wrinkle
18. Blind Man
19. Like I Roll
20. In My Blood