Black Stone Cherry – s/t (2006)

Black Stone Cherry - s/t

Black Stone Cherry – s/t (2006, Roadrunner)

  1. Rain Wizard
  2. Backwoods Gold
  3. Lonely Train
  4. Maybe Someday
  5. When The Weight Comes Down
  6. Crosstown Woman
  7. Shooting Star
  8. Hell And High Water
  9. Shapes Of Things
  10. Violator Girl
  11. Tired Of The Rain
  12. Drive
  13. Rollin’ On

Band Lineup:
Chris Robertson – Lead Vocals, Lead, Rhythm & Slide Guitar
Ben Wells – Rhythm, Lead Guitar, Electric Sitar, Backing Vocals
Jon Lawhon – Bass, Backing Vocals
John Fred Young – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals

Additional Musicians:
Reece Wynans – B3 Organ on ‘Rollin’ On’ & ‘Tired Of The Rain’

Total Time – 46:23

Black Stone Cherry official website

Black Stone Cherry are from Kentucky and they bring a southern flavor to their brand of straight forward Hard Rock. I think the best comparison I can give is that they sound like Black Oak Arkansas, Creed, Black Crowes, Grand Funk Railroad, and a lite Black Sabbath all rolled into one.

You can hear the Southern Rock influence right away wrapping around the heavy riffs that seem to flow freely through every song. There’s a ’70s classic rock feel to the music, probably due to the pounding bass and drums and the distorted guitars. There’s a Stoner Rock/Doom feel to the music, the Sabbath influence, but it ties into the grassroots feel. The only time the band sounds modern is when singer Chris Robertson does his best Scott Stapp (Creed) impression.

Bottom Line:
I’m not really sure what to add except the basic feel. I’ve lived with this album for close to two months, playing it everday, and I’m still not sure what to think. I think the album is a grower, this brand of Southern Hard Rock takes a little time to absorb because there are subtleties within the heaviness that you have to listen for. So far, my favorite tracks are ‘Violator Girl’ and ‘Crosstown Woman’. I’m going to continue to spin this disc and see if I really catch on to it. If you want some straight forward Hard Rock, with big guitar and pounding drums, this is something new to check out. It’s not the usual listen but fits right in with the rest of the scene.

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9 comments on “Black Stone Cherry – s/t (2006)

  1. Needless to say, I have a big smile on my face when I saw this album cover at the top of your page today.

    This disc was in my top discs of 2006, and has been a staple in playlist since I picked it up. I actually bought this at the same time as the new Iron Maiden disc.

    I like a little bit of Southern Rock from time to time, and Black Stone Cherry has a sound that reminds of a cross between Metallica and the Allman Brothers. I don’t know why, but their sound just works for me. It is a nice cross between 80′s and today’s rock.

    My favorite tracks are Lonely Train, Violator Girl, When the Weight Comes Down and Shooting Star.

    I was fortunate enough to see these guys open for Black Label Society in November of ’06 and I have been a big fan ever since.

    It was very much like an old school 80′s hard rock show, with dual behind the head guitar solos….awesome!

    If you want to see a cool video collection, hit this link:

    out.wordpress.com/2006/12/11/black-stone-cherry-videos/

    The Shooting Star video is a fan made video with scenes from Superman Returns. Very Cool stuff!

  2. I had this in my hand a few weeks ago, but it was like $13. So I ended up putting it back and getting used copies of Priest’s Painkiller and Motorhead’s Sacrifice instead.

  3. This sounds right up my alley … I also passed on it last time I saw it for Pain of Salvation’s newest and the Trivium CD. But I may put this in my cart next time.

    And I finally got a music-related post out again. I think you’ll like a few groups on there.

    – david

  4. I’ve heard them on the local rock station and am still debating on pick this one up. I get the feeling that you like them, but are trying to like them more than you do, so it’s making me hesitant to buy it.

  5. Mike,
    Watch the videos at the link above. If you like songs from the videos, you will like the CD.

    Best Buy has had this CD for as little as 9.99 in the past, and still did the last time I checked.

  6. I bought this one as soon as it came out just to try something new. It was decent, but didn’t stick with me. I’ve heard a lot of great things about their 2nd album, so maybe it’s time to dust this one off…

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