Wim S. : A few months ago an in-between studio albums demo was released 'Back To Blues' and Black Stone Cherry releases their new full length with 'Family Tree'. The four gentlemen from Kentucky are still unjustly associated with southern rock because their music has little to nothing to do with that. It is still catchy, blues-oriented heavy rock that we hear ‘em play.
Once you know the band, there is little news to report on the release of this new album. Because as said: they still play the same music as on the predecessors. In singer / guitarist Chris Robertson the band has a great front man who is blessed with a natural sob in his voice. Where others try to do this as a trick, Robertson does this naturally in all his vocal lines ('My Last Breath'). And what the band especially masters is writing catchy riffs and choruses. Because everything that the band records sticks in your head when you only listen to it once. That is so well done. And that does not mean that it is all so surprising what the gentlemen are doing - not at all! - but just listen to a track like 'Carry Me On Down The Road' and you know what I mean. That is so damn good. It is also not surprising that Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule) is playing on one song on this album (on the delicious 'Dancin 'In The Rain') because you hear Mule influences in quite a few songs; nice and heavy riffs with lots of blues elements. Yes, the surprise is now gone, but the quality has remained.