Black Stone Cherry bring their soulful sound to the Main Stage at WIIL ROCK FEST

Black Stone Cherry
Shadow Hill Ranch
Twin Lakes, WI


Their energy and stage presence along with frontman Chris Robertson’s soulful and powerful vocals makes Black Stone Cherry one of the Midwest’s favorite rock bands for good reason.  It was just a year ago Black Stone Cherry graced the stage of the Carnival of Madness tour that landed at Shadow Hill Ranch in Twin Lakes.  This year they return to the main stage to assist in the celebration of 95.1 WIIL Rock’s 20th Anniversary of rocking Illinois and Wisconsin.

Black Stone Cherry is out promoting their most recent release, Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea. The album has spawned their moving single “In My Blood.”  The song peaked at #12 at Active Rock and #4 at Mainstream Rock radio. Watch the official video below. Picking up where “In My Blood” left off, the bands new single, “Like I Roll” is yet another well written song and makes you want to drive with your radio cranked to 11.  There are not a lot of things that are more disappointing than hearing a bands songs and being excited to see them live, only to be let down, knowing the best member of their band was the studio they had months to polish their CD in. I can say with 100% faith, Black Stone Cherry is not that type of band. They are a truly talented group of guys, with one of the most under rated singers of our generation. Its few and far between that you will find such a soulful, powerful singer who also takes part in actually writing the songs they sing.  Black Stone Cherry not only had the crowd rockin at WIIL’S Rock Fest, but the other bands in attendance stood to watch their show, a testament to the strength of their musicianship and songs. Check out Black Stone Cherry’s show when it comes to a City near you, because whatever the ticket price is, it’s more than worth it.

Photos of Black Stone Cherry at Austin’s Fuel Room

Photos of Black Stone Cherry at Rocklahoma 2012

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Black Stone Cherry tour dates:

8/9/2012         District                                                            Rockford, IL
8/10/2012      Tyson IBP Events Center                        Sioux City, IA
8/11/2012      Will Rock Fest                                              Twin Lakes, WI
8/13/2012      Headliner’s                                                    Toledo, OH
8/14/2012      The Intersection                                           Grand Rapids, MI
8/16/2012      Madison Theatre                                          Covington, KY
8/17/2012      Busters Billiards and Backroom                Lexington, KY
8/18/2012      Rally On The River                                      Ironton, OH
8/25/2012      Rock Jam                                                      Grand Junction, CO
8/26/2012      Club Sound                                                  Salt Lake City, UT
8/27/2012      Martini Ranch                                               Scottsdale, AZ
8/29/2012      The Beaumont                                             Kansas City, MO
8/30/2012      The Blue Note                                              Columbia, MO
9/1/2012         Hersheypark Stadium                                 Hershey, PA                         :
9/2/2012         Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf             Buffalo, NY
9/3/2012         Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion       Gilford, NH
9/28/2012      Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair                 Fort Smith, AR
11/27/2012    Shiprocked                                                    Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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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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In Photos: Black Stone Cherry at the Carnival of Madness Tour

Black Stone Cherry
Carnival of Madness Tour
Twin Lakes, WI

Black Stone Cherry Carnival of Madness

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