Download Festival 2018: Black Stone Cherry

Black Stone Cherry

Download Festival

Main Stage

Saturday, June 9, 2018


By Eric Mackinnon



Black Stone Cherry will return to Download this summer with a blockbuster sub-headline slot on the main stage where they will warm the ear drums of an expected 80,000 rock revellers.

Sandwiched between Guns N' Roses at the top of the bill and Thunder, Kentucky's finest have become a Donington favourite in recent years.

From a mid afternoon slot in the sunshine to a secret set in a tent which was so packed the crowd were shoulder to shoulder more than 300 deep OUTSIDE the tent and back into the field.

Black Stone Cherry are a big deal and a band which straddle the line between country rock and hard rock. They have a foot firmly planted in both camps meshing a blend of Hillbilly attitude, snarling Southern braggadocio with duelling guitars and hook-laden riffs on the bedrock of songs penned about subjects close to the heart of the everyman – and woman.

Black Stone Cherry are the perfect festival band. A band with a stacked back catalogue of sing-a-long favourites, a band that can drift from foot-stomping, partner-swinging, hair flinging, frenetic riffs to songs which slow the pace down to a gentle sway with a tear in your eye and make you want to call home.

They have tracks packed with thunder, fury and raw gunpowder and other songs like 'Stay', and 'Father and Son,' which could bring a tear to the coldest and most emotionless of hearts.

The band's sixth studio album is due to drop on April 20 and the new album, 'Family Tree,' dips a toe into all of the influences which help create Black Stone Cherry's unmistakable sound.

Drummer John Fred said: “Family Tree' showcases all of our collective musical influences and how we have taken those to create something that is truly our own unique Southern American rock‘n’roll sound.”

Frontman Chris Roberson's five-year-old son is a guest vocalist, providing backing vocal pipes on 'You Got The Blues,' while Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes plays and sings on 'Dancing In The Rain.'

'Family Tree' follows on from 2016's well received album 'Kentucky' which was a mish-mash of blues, country and hard rock.