BLACK STONE CHERY fa mily tree

Clas­sic, classy beats from John Fred

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

“We worked very hard to get unique drum sounds on this record,” Black Stone Cherry’s tub thumper tells

Rhythm, and John Fred Young’s wor­thy sonic ex­plo­rations make for a great record. He’s al­ways been one to put drums up the front, from his hard-hit­ting and visual live stylings to the care and at­ten­tion he pays to his sound. For the band’s lat­est record, their sixth stu­dio al­bum, on great new BSC tunes like ‘BadHabit’ and ‘Kinda Feelin’’, he fol­lows the riffs and boo­gie-woo­gie pi­ano with crash­ing met­als and ring­ing drums that are evoca­tive of those clas­sic eras of US rock. The sound is vin­tage yet with the ben­e­fit of mod­ern record­ing and the ev­i­dent skill of a proper rock drum­mer in John Fred. For ‘James Brown’, the squeal­ing metal guitars are given the nec­es­sary funk feel by his tight beats, although of course he breaks out for some pound­ing tom parts and thun­der­ous fills. (CBu)

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