JOHN FRED’S FAMILY TIES
Black Stone Cherry go back to their roots
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.”
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John Fred Young (second from left) with Black Stone Cherry