JOHN FRED’S FAM­ILY TIES

Black Stone Cherry go back to their roots

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

Black Stone Cherry stepped into fa­mil­iar sur­round­ings for new al­bum, Fam­i­lyTree, re­turn­ing to their Ken­tucky home to record.

For their sixth al­bum the band re­turned to Ken­tucky’s Bar­rick Record­ing, the very same stu­dio in which the band recorded their first al­bum 12 years ago.

“It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence get­ting to record Fam­i­lyTree back home,” live wire drum­mer John Fred Young tells us. “Our friend David Bar­rick who en­gi­neered our first al­bum and Ken­tucky moved his stu­dio from Back­stage Mu­sic to the old­est car garage in town. The space is around 10,000sq ft and it was the first time I had ever recorded the drums on con­crete! I could not be­lieve how pow­er­ful a drum sound we cap­tured in that room!”

It was a fam­ily af­fair in terms of per­son­nel. Singer Chris Robert­son helmed the mix­ing desk for the record, and his five-year-old son even pro­vides some back­ing vo­cals on the track ‘You Got The Blues’.

“We had Chris mix the record and he did such an amaz­ing job,” en­thuses John Fred of the multi-tal­ented front­man. “Chris started record­ing our band in the very early days and is to­tally self-taught. No one else could re­ally un­der­stand what our band should sound like bet­ter than one of us, so it was time we let him turns some knobs.”

The record, which is re­leased on 20 April, is the fol­low-up to 2016’s Ken­tucky, a record which en­tered the Top 5 in theUK and gave the band their fourth UK Rock Chart Num­ber One in a row. For Fam­i­lyTree, John Fred saw fit to tame his mighty DW Maple Ma­hogany kit with his new se­cret weapon.

“I used my DW Maple Ma­hogany kit with Zild­jian cym­bals, Evans Black Onyx heads and Vater sticks on this record. It’s a 13" rack tom, 16" and 18" floors, 24"x18" bass drum and a 20"x16" gong tom.

“We worked very hard to get unique drum sounds on this record. I am not the best tuner but I have been us­ing a won­der­ful de­vice called the TuneBot. I can’t say enough won­der­ful things about the de­vice and it has ac­tu­ally helped me and my tech get some truly great drum sounds! We took the front head off the bass drum and it gave us a great ’70s sound.”

Check out www.black­stonecherry.com.

John Fred Young (sec­ond from left) with Black Stone Cherry

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