THE BAND: Chris Robertson (vocals, guitars), Ben Wells (guitars), Jon Lawhon (bass), John Fred Young (drums & percussion). Home state – Kentucky.
THE DISC: (2006) 13 tracks clocking in at approximately 46 minutes. Included with the disc is a 4-page foldout including band pictures, song credits, and thank you’s. Recorded at Barrick Studios, Glasgow, Kentucky. There is also a bonus 2nd disc (DVD) with a 9+ minute intro with the band… including some local concert footage, walking through their old high school and talking with the principal, their homes and practice area. Label – Roadrunner Records.
COMMENTS: It’s rare when a young rock band grabs me today. Too many hip-hop and wanna-be rappers. Please God bring me back to 70’s rock & roll. I heard sound clips and quickly took the plunge and bought Black Stone Cherry’s debut. BSC is plain and simply HARD ROCK… the old school way. No screeching or yelling from singer Chris Robertson – vocals are just right and appropriate for the style. Drummer John Young’s father played with the Kentucky Headhunters. The band members say they grew up listening to Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Beatles (and of course the Kentucky Headhunters). What do they sound like – if forced to compare them to another band, I’d say I hear elements of Blackfoot, STP’s, Motley Crue, Atomic Opera, Buckcherry, Saliva (touring with in 2006), Soundgarden and/or Jackyl. “Rain Wizard” is the album opener and rocks from the start. You’ll see on the DVD that the rain wizards are locals living in caves and the town prays to them for ample rain and a good harvest. The first 5 songs are the catchiest – melodies and lyrically. “When The Weight Comes Down” reflects on world events and the likes of Sept 11th. “Lonely Train” is the first hit from BSC. As much as the driving guitars on the entire album grabbed me, Young’s drumming hooked me in. He’s a madman on the drum kit… leaving no skin or cymbal safe… reminiscent of a young Tommy Lee or Keith Moon. BSC presents ROCK the way it should be. Great debut and I predict big things for Black Stone Cherry (4.5 stars).