The Rides – Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Barry Goldberg
The Rides is the new all-star blues-rock super-group formed by legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Famer from CSN, CSN&Y and Buffalo Springfield, Stephen Stills. Stills is joined by fellow guitar-slinging prodigy Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and venerable Electric Flag keyboardist and Chicago native Barry Goldberg. Rising singer-songwriter Beth Hart joins as a very special guest and the tour’s opening act. The Rides’ debut album entitled Can’t Get Enough features co-written originals and covers of classics by artists like Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Iggy Pop & the Stooges and Neil Young.
“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 36-year-old, Shepherd, who’s had six #1 Blues albums. The Rides bring a historic and distinctively American musical form into the 21st century, and Stills calls the group the “the blues band of my dreams.”
The new album, Can’t Get Enough is 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). Among the album’s highlights are four Stills/Shepherd/Goldberg co-writes including the barnburner “RoadHouse”—about the life of an itinerant bluesman—CSN influenced “Don’t Want Lies,” and the title track, a guitar-heavy anthem with a soul-baring lead vocal by Stills. There is also a Crazy Horse-caliber send-up of “Rockin’ In The Free World,” and four additional covers on which Shepherd sings lead, including “Talk To Me Baby” and “Honey Bee” by Elmore James and Muddy Waters, respectively, and Iggy Pop & The Stooges’ “Search and Destroy.” The album set closes with “Word Game,” a song Stills wrote during his late ’60s era with Buffalo Springfield, and which appeared on his 1971 solo album Stephen Stills 2.
About Beth Hart
Talk about a comeback. Beth Hart, the classically-trained musician whose powerhouse and soulful voice has been compared to Janis Joplin and Etta James, is on the fast-track to a spectacular career rebirth here in America. Beth Hart’s extraordinary back-story is one of great potential, great loss, and now, redemption. Beth had a very promising career back in the 90s. She was signed to Atlantic Records after a bidding war, had bookings on the Tonight Show, Letterman, and an offer from SNL, great tours, great press, and a hit record with “L.A. Song,” but lost everything to substance abuse and an undiagnosed bi-polar disorder. She hit rock bottom, but then about 10 years ago, picked herself up, got clean and healthy, got married, and started rebuilding her career in Europe. Since getting healthy, fellow performers like Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa, Slash and Buddy Guy have recognized her talent and initiated collaborations with her. She’s now selling out 2-4,000-seat venues in Europe, sold-out her first U.S. headline tour in more than a decade, and the April 9, 2013 release of Bang Bang Boom Boom is her tool to reclaim America.