Over the years, Black Stone Cherry has headlined 12,000-capacity arena shows and shared the stage with a wide array of musicians, including Alter Bridge, Theory of a Deadman, Def Leppard, Gov’t Mule, Nickelback, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, Mötorhead, Halestorm, Stone Temple Pilots, The Darkness, and ZZ Top. In 2018, the band performed in front of 100,000 people at the Download Festival as main support to Guns N’ Roses. In 2021, the band played at the UK’s venerated Royal Albert Hall, a performance immortalized on 2022’s live DVD “Live From The Royal Albert Hall… Y’All!”
The band continues their path as flag-bearers of Southern Rock on their new album “Screamin’ At The Sky”. After a few challenging years and the loss of family members, the new effort justifies the old French saying “one must suffer to be beautiful.” Or, in the words of vocalist/guitarist Chris Robertson, “There is a lot of darkness on this album—I bared my soul—but it always foreshadows light at the end of the tunnel.”
“Screamin’ At The Sky” features all-new material written collaboratively while on tour. For the recording, the band decided to try something they always dreamed about tracking an album at The Plaza Theater in Glasgow, Kentucky, a legendary 1020-seat venue built in 1934 that boasts meticulous acoustics. The end result is a bombastic collection of songs that will propel these Kentuckians onto even higher echelons in the music pantheon, as exemplified by the singles “Out of Pocket” and “Nervous”.
Collaborator Rodrigo Altaf caught up with guitarist Ben Wells to discuss the new album, the band’s early days, what it’s like to meet their heroes on the road, and much more. Listen or watch their chat below, and remember that for more interviews and other daily content, Sonic Perspectives is on Facebook, Flipboard, Twitter and YouTube, where you can be notified about new content we publish on a daily basis.