The Wall Street Journal Premieres The Rides New Video
NEW SINGLE "DON'T WANT LIES" DEBUTS ON WSJ.COM TODAY
STEPHEN STILLS, KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD AND BARRY GOLDBERG FORM "THE RIDES," A BLUES-ROCK SUMMIT WITH A DEBUT ALBUM—"CAN'T GET ENOUGH"—PRODUCED BY JERRY HARRISON SET FOR RELEASE AUGUST 27
GENERATION-SPANNING TRIO BLISTERS THROUGH CO-WRITTEN ORIGINALS AND COVERS OF CLASSICS BY ARTISTS INCLUDING MUDDY WATERS, ELMORE JAMES, IGGY POP & THE STOOGES, AND NEIL YOUNG
LOS ANGELES, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rides, the new all-star blues-rock group featuring legendary songwriter Stephen Stills, guitar slinger Kenny Wayne Shepherd and venerable Electric Flag keyboardist will premiere the lyric video for their first single "Don't Want Lies" today on The Wall Street Journal's "Speakeasy" blog (http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/06/13/watch-the-music-video-for-stephen-stills-blues-supergroup-the-rides/). The video was filmed by Matt Rabinowitz and directed by Rob Senska at CRM Studios in Shreveport, LA. The multi-generational outfit's debut album, Can't Get Enough, is set for CD, digital, and vinyl release August 27 on 429 Records. Featuring four co-written originals, a handful of covers, and a vintage, previously unrecorded Stills gem, 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). As The Rides bring a historic and distinctively American musical form into the 21st century, Stills calls them "the blues band of my dreams." The Rides will embark on a world tour beginning in September. Dates TBD.
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." Next came Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and their three-way chemistry was immediate and intense. "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." Says Stills: "It was just really magical with the three of us, one of the best times I've had in my musical career."
That exhilarating creative sorcery blasts through ten fire-breathing 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. The in-the-moment energy and unscripted emotion of Can't Get Enough, however, are among the album's greatest strengths, as is the powerhouse guitar interplay between Stills and Shepherd, and the stellar accompaniment from Goldberg—who, as a teenager in his native Chicago, sat in with Muddy Waters, Otis Rush and Howlin' Wolf, and went on to play keyboards for Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival, formed The Electric Flag, and composed with Gerry Goffin. The album was recorded live in the studio over the course of about a week at EastWest in Los Angeles, helmed by longtime Shepherd producer Jerry Harrison, a renowned musician in his own right (Talking Heads, Modern Lovers, Casual Gods). Mostly first or second takes made the album's final cut. In addition to Layton—Shepherd's drummer, and also a veteran of Stevie Ray Vaughn's Double Trouble—the players include bassist Kevin McCormick (CSN, Jackson Browne).
429 Records is a unit of The Savoy Label Group (SLG). SLG is the North American based division of Nippon Columbia the oldest music company in Japan. The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. The Savoy Label Group is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA.
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SOURCE 429 Records