BLACK STONE CHERRY – Tickets – Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC – March 17th, 2017


Neighborhood Theatre & MaxxMusic present


Caleb Johnson, Through Fire

Fri 3/17

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Neighborhood Theatre

$3 Under 21 Surcharge at Door (Valid ID required for entry into venue. Under 18 permitted with parent.)

Accepted forms of ID: State Issued ID or Driver's License, Military ID, Passport.

Chris Robertson – Lead Vocals/Lead Guitar
Ben Wells – Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals
Jon Lawhon – Bass/Backing Vocals
John Fred Young – Drums/Backing Vocals

Black Stone Cherry bridges the gap between the blue collar craftsmanship of dirty, bluesy, ballsy, pedal-to-the-metal Hard Rock steeped in the ancestral lineage of Southern Rock and the warm, broad embrace of the rock radio mainstream. There’s enough boot stomping, soulful meat-and-potatoes in the Kentucky band’s stew to invigorate Middle America, with the melodic chops to conquer the worldwide stage.

The Allman Brothers and Metallica meeting up, getting drunk, raising some hell and then crashing into a big brawl together, only to have Robert Johnson break it all up? That’s essentially the sound of Black Stone Cherry.

The Black Stone Cherry sound is as timeless as a backyard barbecue, a rundown farmhouse or a worn-in pair of Levi’s, but as forward thinking as anything generated by the millennial crowd in the modern age. 2014’s Magic Mountain carries the torch for the brightest moments of Classic Rock history, but it’s no throwback. The energy, enthusiasm and skill of today’s best rock n’ rollers keeps one Black Stone Cherry boot planted in the future, even as they call upon the musical ghosts of the past.

The band’s substantial catalog has given birth to a bevy of rock radio staples like “White Trash Millionaire,” “In My Blood” and “Please Come In.” It’s all driven by the vocal charisma and vibrant lead guitar shred of Chris Robertson, the driving dynamic crunch of guitarist Ben Wells, the rhythmic pulse of bassist Jon Lawhon and the always-in-the-pocket groove of drummer John Fred Young, all of whom add their voices to Black Stone Cherry’s soaring melodies and instantly accessible vibe.
“It’s an honor for people to throw us in the same category as Lynyrd Skynrd, Allman Brothers, Molly Hatchet, or the Marshall Tucker Band,” Wells concedes. “But we don’t act like we’re from the ‘70s. We never set out to be a Southern Rock band. It just comes naturally. We couldn’t run from that if we wanted to. There is definitely heavy rock in our sound, but we can also go into something that’s country, or even funk. We bring a little bit of everything to the table. We don’t limit ourselves.”
Black Stone Cherry’s fourth full-length album arrives destined to add to Black Stone Cherry’s eight triumphant victories on the mainstream rock radio charts, kicking off with lead single “Me and Mary Jane,” with badass barnburners like the grimy “Dance Girl” and the slow boiling, ultimately explosive “Blow My Mind” all on tap.

The band took off several months in late 2012 to decompress from the victorious but exhaustive touring cycle behind Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea (2011), the follow-up to their commercial breakthrough Folklore and Superstition (2008) which had delivered on the ambitious promise of their self-released, self-titled debut. Starting families, hanging out and being home helped recharge the BSC muse.
“We got to just settle in and be the good old boys from Kentucky that we are,” notes Robertson. “I did a lot of deer hunting. Spending time alone in the woods will do you good, man.” After they finished writing, they headed to California to record.

Black Stone Cherry’s producer partnerships read like a who’s-who of rock n’ roll hitmakers. They made their second album with Bob Marlette (Ozzy, Seether, Saliva) and the follow-up with Howard Benson (Daughtry, Creed, Three Days Grace). Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, Soundgarden) came onboard to help the band craft what will certainly be a watershed moment in their storied career.
“A lot of rock music today doesn’t have any soul. It’s all really bland,” observes Lawhon. “There’s no attitude. There’s no heart. We all grew up on ‘70s rock, Southern Rock, country music and bluesmen like Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. On this album, more so than ever, those elements are all in the forefront.”

“We went in feeling a real sense of freedom and confidence about what we wanted to be as a band and what we wanted this album to sound like,” explains Wells. “We wanted it to be something that would really go over with our fans live. That’s where we really sell ourselves. We wanted to showcase the heavy riffs and the melodies.”

The universal appeal and undeniable authenticity of Black Stone Cherry’s rock anthems and down-to-earth attitude has won them an increasingly diverse and international fanbase (as evidenced by the #1 debut of Folklore and Superstition on the UK’s rock charts), converting unbelievers while crossing the globe alongside rock royalty like Nickelback, Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Chickenfoot (featuring ex-members of Van Halen) and Alter Bridge.
“We’ve made our fanbase the old school way,” Wells notes. “Radio has supported us and we have really appreciated that, but it’s when people see us live that they really fall in love with us. We wanted that to come across with the sound of this album.”

Young notes that Magic Mountain represents a “full circle” moment for Black Stone Cherry’s career, as well. His father (Kentucky Headhunters guitarist Richard Young) had helped the band get a showcase for an Atlantic Records A&R man. A deal didn’t work out then, but thanks to the recent merger between Warner, Atlantic and Roadrunner, that same A&R guy is working closely with Black Stone Cherry after all.

“We didn’t want to make a cookie cutter record and our label team and producer were down with that vision,” says Young. “We wanted to come out with our balls out and blow everyone away, so that’s what we did this time. There’s no holding back.”

“Holding On…To Letting Go” opens the album with bravado. It’s a stand-up-and-take-notice heavy rock song certain to get fists pumping in the air at concerts around the globe. “Runaway” is probably the most mainstream song the band has ever written, but it maintains the heavy bite that is their signature. Barresi encouraged the band to let loose with the Ted Nugent meets Aerosmith vibe of “Fiesta Del Fuego,” a personal favorite for Wells. “At the end of the song, it goes into this jam thing we put together on the spot in the studio. It’s one of my favorite sections of anything on the album.”

Black Stone Cherry has maintained the same lineup since the band formed on Robertson’s 16th birthday: June 4th, 2001. Robertson and Young have been buddies since kindergarten. “We’ve known Jon since we were 13,” Robertson explains. “We met Ben a couple of days before we started the band. A band should be more than a singer with some fill-in guys. It’s a group of people with a common goal. It’s like a marriage. You argue back and forth but at the end of the day, you love each other.”

It’s that chemistry, loyalty, brotherhood and charm their fans respond to the most.

“Most of our fans weren’t born with a silver spoon. They understand what it takes to achieve something in life. They have goals and ambitions, just like us,” says Lawhon. “We have picked up a lot of fans who understand and identify with us.”

Magic Mountain is about to spread that goodtime vibe even further ‘round the globe.
Caleb Johnson
Caleb Johnson
Through Fire
Through Fire
Never give up... Never give in... those words are the foundation of which Through Fire was born. This four piece hard rock band hailing from Omaha, Nebraska quickly caught the attention of several industry executive’s and they’ve recently inked a deal with Sumerian Records. With anthems such as “Stronger” and “Breathe”, Through Fire is here to make their mark in the rock world.

Comprised of lead singer Grant Kendrick, guitarist Justin McCain, drummer Patrick Mussack and bassist Jesse Saint, the bands live show is sure to rally fans throughout the world. Impacting radio along with their video premier for “Stronger” in January 2016, Through Fire set out on the road with Adelitas Way and Failure Anthem for their first tour.

Following up that successful run and introducing the band to the masses, they went out for 7 weeks with industry veterans OTEP and supported a very strong first showing at Active Rock radio across the country.

July 1, 2016, their debut record “Breathe” dropped nationwide. The band then found themselves playing a Danny Wimmer mega fest, “Chicago Open Air” in Chicago followed by various radio shows.

Their single “Stronger” saw great success at radio reaching #27 on the
Mediabase Active Rock charts and powerhouse Octane coming on board to get behind the track. In less than 3 weeks “Stronger” made its way to the #1 most played song on the station and sat at the #1 position for the Big Uns Countdown for 5 weeks. With impressive digital sales, reaching #1 on ITunes, #1 in single downloads within the genre and outselling more than half the bands in the top 30 the band garnered the attention of NBC Sports and found song placements with
“Stronger” in mixed martial arts matches, The Stanley Cup Finals and its way into 3,200 health clubs across the country and Canada.

August gave the band a short run with Nonpoint and a tour to follow with Sick Puppies and Letters from The Fire. The band is gearing up to release their next single to radio, a headline tour on the East coast and finishing the year with a run with Escape The Fate.

Through Fire looks to solidify a permanent spot amongst the industry’s elite acts. Never give up... Never give in... They are just scratching the surface of whats to come!
Venue Information:
Neighborhood Theatre
511 East 36th Street
Charlotte, NC, 28205

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