Black Stone Cherry Bring Southern Hospitality to the Midwest

Black Stone Cherry
Fuel Room- Libertyville, IL
All photos by Paul Weber

Black Stone Cherry is:
Chris Robertson – vocals/guitar
Ben Wells – guitar/vocals
Jon Lawhon – bass/vocals
John Fred Young – drums

Black Stone Cherry at the Fuel Room in Libertyville, IL 2/1/2012

Black Stone Cherry just started their new headlining tour just days ago.  Last night they stopped at Austin’s Fuel Room in Libertyville, Illinois with Rains and Cavo opening the night.  Before the show I had the chance to sit down with Jon and John (full interview coming soon).  Chris was supposed to join us but I was informed that he was sick.  This is something I could completely understand as the bug has been going around, and I was sick myself.   I found out his sickness wasn’t a virus as Chris started talking  about how he was feeling while onstage.  He mentioned how just hours before the show he was in the bus crying trying to find a reason to get up.  Chris has been battling depression for 11 years and did not have a problem with letting the crowd know.  Last night he had a smile on his face and couldn’t be more appreciative of the fans being so supportive of the him and the band.  He dedicated “In My Blood” to all the fans that know what it’s like to go through some of the darkest days.

Black Stone Cherry at the Fuel Room in Libertyville, IL 2/1/2012

On a lighter note, the band has such an incredible chemistry onstage as well as off.  Each member of the band is seriously talented.  Drummer John Fred Young has a lot of spunk and “you can’t leave home without him,” as Jon Lawhon told me in an interview before the show.  His incredible energy is hard to miss and fans in the crowd took note.   Jon and Ben bounce around the stage as if the floor beneath them was a trampoline.  Chris doesn’t need to cover the stage to get noticed.  Chris’ vocal cut through the bass, drums, and guitar and delivers the lyrics with such soul. Their stage presence and talent weren’t the only things that won over the crowd.

Black Stone Cherry at the Fuel Room in Libertyville, IL 2/1/2012The guys as a collective have a great harmony as many rock bands don’t even try to attempt some acapella harmonies during songs.  The comedy highlight of the show came from Chris.  He was worried that no one would show up because it was a “Tuesday night,” but it was Wednesday.  Chris had a Spinal Tap moment and everything was taken in stride.

The band is truly down to earth and has that famous Southern hospitality, yet don’t underestimate the group because the guys can play hard and rock harder! The interview with Jon and John will be posted here shortly! They talk about touring, almost getting arrested, and what’s on their tour rider!

Black Stone Cherry at the Fuel Room in Libertyville, IL 2/1/2012

Setlist for the night:
Shooting Star
Blind Man
Soul Creek
In My Blood
Rain  Wizard
Killing Floor
Maybe Someday
Lonely Train

Photos from The Black Stone Cherry set at Austin’s Fuel Room:

TOUR DATES AS FOLLOWS (Cavo to support):
Wed Feb-01 Libertyville, IL Austin’s
Thu Feb-02 Ft. Wayne, IN Pierre’s
Fri Feb-03 Dayton, OH McGuffy’s
Sat Feb-04 Independence, IA Impalla Ballroom
Mon Feb-06 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
Tue Feb-07 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
Thu Feb-09 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live – First Floor Only
Fri Feb-10 Jacksonville, NC Hooligan’s Music Hall
Sat Feb-11 Parkersburg, WV Yellowbeards
Mon Feb-13 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s
Tue Feb-14 Johnson City,TN Warehouse
Thu Feb-16 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
Fri Feb-17 Lafayette, LA The Station
Sat Feb-18 Shreveport, LA Riverside Warehouse

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More of Black Stone Cherry from the Dead Hub: Rock on the Ranch 2011


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