The Southern hardrock band Black Stone Cherry is still going strong after 17 years. With their brand new album ‘Family Tree’, which will be released on April 20th, 2018 via Mascot Records, the guys from Kentucky come up with their sixth studio album so far.
I wasn’t quite familiar with Black Stone Cherry, so I listened to the album a few times to get in the mood. And I can tell you: what a damn nice album this is! Maybe a little bit to smooth and commercial, but I still like it. The influences of Deep Purple, ZZ-Top and The Black Crows combined with the raw vocals is a perfect blend if you ask me.
Black Stone Cherry – Bad Habit
Besides the influence of major rock bands, the album also contains some blues and country elements. When I close my eyes, I can picture a highway pub somewhere along Route 66. Smoky, beer smelling and in the back on stage these guys playing. When you can create something like this emotion wise, you’re a winner to me.
This album is a nice welcome in my rock and metal collection, because it fit’s perfect between the old school rock and blues rock albums I already own. I hope to catch ‘m live soon, because I’m very curious if they can produce the same feelings live as on the album. My conclusion about ‘Family Tree’ is quite simple: if you like old school hard rock combined with a small touch of blues and country, I highly recommend this album to you!
Score: 8.1/10 ★★★★☆
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 (featuring 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