Three giants of music, Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash), Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg (Black Flag) have come together in the new blues-rock group The Rides.
The album was inspired by and is an homage to the 1968 album Super Session recorded by Stills, Goldberg, Al Kooper, Mike Bloomfield, Harvey Brooks and Eddie Hoh. It all started when Stills and Goldberg began writing together. Goldberg said “It was like finding a long lost soul brother. We connected on so many things, started jamming, and soon had begun writing our first song.”
Shepherd joined next. “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. Stephen and I have rock backgrounds as well, but the blues is the fabric that holds this all together.”
Stills added “It was just really magical with the three of us, one of the best times I’ve had in my musical career.”
The three wrote four of the songs on the album including Roadhouse, Don’t Want Lies and the title track. They also tackle covers of Rockin’ in the Free World, Talk to My Baby, Honey Bee and Search and Destroy. The album closes with a Buffalo Springfield song that Stills wrote but never recorded, Word Games.
“In the spirit of that simple, raw authentic 40s and 50s blues music the three of us love, we got in there and boom! A few takes and we were done,” says Stills. “The songs have muscle, they don’t sound dated or contrived, they’re very natural and organic. I can’t wait to tour with these guys and start recording again!”
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