"THE RIDES" - the new all-star blues rock supergroup featuring
guitarist Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield, CSN, CSN&Y), guitarist
Kenny Wayne Shepherd and keyboardist Barry Goldberg (Electric Flag)
release their debut album "Can't Get Enough" on CD, digitial download,
and vinyl in the UK on Monday 26th August via Provogue Records.
Produced by Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads), the generation-spanning
trio has co-written originals and recorded covers of classics by Muddy
Waters, Elmore James, Neil Young and Iggy and the Stooges. "Can't Get
Enough" was inspired by - and is an homage to - the now classic 1968
album Super Session, which featured Stills on guitar on one side, and
the late Mike Bloomfield on the other (Bloomfield had founded Electric
Flag with Goldberg, who also played on Super Session, as did Blood,
Sweat & Tears keyboardist Al Kooper).
Described by Stills as "the blues band of my dreams", the project
began with Stills and Goldberg writing together at their mutual
manager Elliot Roberts' recommendation. "It was like finding a long
lost soul brother" says Goldberg (who hadn't met Stills before, their
shared 1968 credit notwithstanding). "We connected on so many things,
started jamming, and soon had begun writing our first song."
When Kenny Wayne Shepherd arrived, The Rides' three-way chemistry
immediately clicked. "The Rides are a perfect mix of generations,
where three musicians who love and play the blues collide and create
music that goes beyond all our other individual life experiences and
career achievement," says 35-year-old, Shepherd, who's had six #1
Blues albums. "Stephen and I have rock backgrounds as well, but the
blues is the fabric that holds this all together.
That exhilarating creative sorcery blasts through ten tracks, four of
them Stills, Shepherd, Goldberg co-writes, including the album-opening
barnburner "Roadhouse" - about the life of an itinerant bluesman - the
melodic, CSN-esque "Don't Want Lies," and the title track, a groove
soaked, guitar-heavy anthem with a soul-baring lead vocal by Stills.
Other highlights include a Crazy Horse-calibre interpretation of
"Rockin' in the Free World". "Everyone gets off on this one," says
Goldberg, "it's just a ton of electricity on this Neil Young classic."
The Rides embark on a world tour beginning in September, with UK
November dates to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
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