Video footage of Kentucky rockers BLACK STONE CHERRY performing an acoustic version of their new song “Bad Habit” at the Dr. Feelgood rock bar in Paris, France can be seen below. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming album, “Family Tree”, which will be released on April 20 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group.
“Family Tree” is the much-anticipated follow up to 2016’s “Kentucky”. As was the case on “Kentucky”, the BLACK STONE CHERRY members opted to produce and track the new disc at David Barrick‘s Barrick Recording in Glasgow, Kentucky, the same studio where the four-piece recorded its eponymous debut. BLACK STONE CHERRY also chose to not over-rehearse upfront of the album sessions, instead preferring the immediacy and spontaneity of in-the-moment takes. The band also entrusted frontman Chris Robertson to mix the songs, which perfectly fit the loose, creative process that birthed “Family Tree”.
“Family Tree” boasts BLACK STONE CHERRY‘s tried-and-true lucky number with its 13 songs, and like all BLACK STONE CHERRY releases, features songwriting contributions from each member.
Drummer John Fred Young says: “‘Family Tree’ showcases all of our collective musical influences and how we have taken those to create something that is truly our own unique Southern American rock ‘n’ roll sound.”
Two special guests appear, one bringing the concept of family full circle. Chris‘s five-year-old son contributes backup vocals on the swaggering “You Got The Blues”, while the other, revered jam-band musician Warren Haynes (GOV’T MULE) offers a guitar cameo and vocals on the delta stomp of “Dancing In The Rain”. The band first met Warren 17 years ago as freshly signed youngsters on their first visit to New York City.
The concept of family looms large in the world of BLACK STONE CHERRY‘s four band members. Young‘s father Richard and his uncle Fred are founding members of the Grammy Award-winning country rock ‘n’ roots band THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS.
BLACK STONE CHERRY‘s four high school-aged friends — Young, plus frontman/guitarist Chris Robertson, guitarist Ben Wells and bassist Jon Lawhon — grew up honing their craft in the HEADHUNTERS‘ Practice House, an abandoned property on the Young family’s farmland. John Fred says: “We grew up in THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS‘ rehearsal space, looking up at posters of CREAM, LED ZEPPELIN, URIAH HEEP, THE [ROLLING] STONES MONTROSE, and THE FACES. We were like kids someone took in a time capsule and put in the woods.”
“Family Tree” track listing:
01. Bad Habit
03. New Kinda Feelin
04. Carry Me On Down The Road
05. My Last Breath
06. Southern Fried Friday Night
07. Dancin’ In The Rain (feat. Warren Haynes)
08. Ain’t Nobody
09. James Brown
10. You Got The Blues
11. I Need A Woman
12. Get Me Over You
13. Family Tree