Black Stone Cherry Bringing Back The Blues (Album Review)

Kentucky rockers, Black Stone Cherry, have been consistently been dropping Southern rock-tinged albums that reach the Top 40 of the Billboard Albums chart.   Their aggressive yet accessible style pays homage not only to Classic Rock superstars, Lynyrd Skynyrd, they’ve got a little Shinedown and Nickelback modern touch too.   Last week, they dropped an EP dedicated to their love of the blues.  Cover songs by the likes of Willie Dixon, Albert King, and three songs by the legendary Muddy Waters comprise the six track EP.    The collection of songs reignited the band’s energy and look for a full length album next year.   Lead singer, Chris Robertson said, “The blues is such honest music. When you hear it, it’s, like, ‘I’m down on my luck, and, damn, that guy gets just how I feel.’”  The EP, Black To Blues, kicks off with the lead single, “Built For Comfort”, a Willie Dixon original that gets a modern day makeover by Black Stone Cherry.   Crank up the guitar feedback and amplify the attitude and you’ve got a sexy rocker that will remind long time fans of their 2006 smash, “Lonely Train”.   Midway through the song, they take it down to the basics as Robertson seductively talk-sings the lead up to the powerful conclusion.   It’s an instant smash hit and if you’re only going to download one song, “Built For Comfort” is BSC at their best.

“BUILT FOR COMFORT”  Black Stone Cherry

The entire Black To Blues collection is a fun change of pace for the Kentucky rockers but the standout tracks are “Hoochie Coochie Man”, Muddy Waters’ “Champagne and Reefer”, and a rip roaring take on Albert King’s blues standard “Born Under A Bad Sign”.   Big kudos to lead guitarist, Ben Wells, for taking on the legends and holding his own with impressive pile-driving guitar solos tacked onto the original versions.   EP Grade A-