Black Stone Cherry have been recording their fifth album, Kentucky, at Barrick Recording in Glasgow, Kentucky. The album will be released via Mascot Label Group in Spring 2016.
Guitarist Ben Wells recently spoke about their new album. Kentucky will be the first time Black Stone Cherry have self-produced an album and that almost all of the songs are solely written by the four band members.
“This is the first time we get to self-produce. And most of the songs, with the exception of maybe two or three out of fifteen, are all written by us, the four of us. Which all of our songs always are — we might co-write with somebody — but this time, the majority of the songs are all written by us. So it feels really good to kind of have that creative freedom. Even though we’re still learning things as we get along, we’ve kind of picked up over the years touring internationally what our fans have come to expect and what we expect from ourselves and what we know people are gonna enjoy from us. So it’s definitely… it’s raw, it’s heavy.”
“We’re going back to our hometown to record it, where we did our debut album. So we’re kind of revisiting some of that old mojo that we had, and I think our fans have been wanting that from us for a long time now. So we want, and I know they want it, and we’re just excited about it. I mean, the songs… These are probably some of the coolest songs we’ve written as far as the music and the melodies.”
Drummer John Fred Young said, “It is very exciting for us, I think, because this is all on our back. We don’t have a producer that can take a little bit of the heat if it bombs. You know, it’s us being in full control of our sonic artistry.”
Watch the behind the scenes video below.