I went out for some good ‘ol Rock ‘N Roll last night, and I was not disappointed! Black Stone Cherry brought the heat on a chilly March evening with their next stop on their Family Tree Tour. This headlining stop was also Black Stone Cherry’s first appearance at Joe’s Live in Rosemont. IL. Opening for Black Stone Cherry was Chicago’s own Perry Hutchins with his Rock ‘N Roll with a Southern twist. A fitting opener to kick the night off right and get the crowd pumped.
Black Stone Cherry came together in 2001 in Edmonton, Kentucky, influenced by Rock ‘N Roll pioneers like Cream, Led Zeppelin, Muddy Waters among other 1970 staples. For 17 years the Kentucky-based quartet, comprised of Chris Robertson, Ben Wells, Jon Lawhon and John Fred Young have taken those influences and have created their own unique Southern American Rock ‘N Roll sound.
That Southern American Rock ‘N Roll sound reverberated throughout Joe’s Live, the atmosphere inside intensified to a higher level with each song performed and the interaction between Black Stone Cherry and their fans. The crowd would sing and dance to favorites like “White-Trash Trash Millionaire,” “Blame It On The Boom Boom” and “Me And Mary Jane.” The intensity increased as Ben Wells and Jon Lawhon repeatedly switched sides of the stage, getting up close and personal with the fans’ railing them up as Chris Robertson sang out in his raspy vocals, and John Fred Young beat the hell out of his drum kit.
There was a somber moment during the performance of “Peace Is Free,” where during the song, Chris calls out to the fans to hold the hand of the person next to them and sing as follows “Can’t the world love another, throw down your weapon and fix all the hunger? Don’t you bring your sadness down on me!” Black Stone Cherry played a variety of songs, including the new single “Burnin'” as well as several covers, including “Foxy Lady,” “Bad To The Bone” and “Take It Easy.”
One of Perry Hutchins’ first shows was an opening act for Black Stone Cherry, gaining a small fan base that would continue to grow. Hutchins loosened up the crowd with his style of Southern Rock ‘N Roll. With songs like “In The Backyard,” which he paid tribute to Greg Allman. He also went with a little country and performed a cover of Garth Brooks “The Thunder Rolls” while midway through mixed in Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall” into it.
Overall, the concert was great and one of my first Southern Rock ‘N Roll shows, and my first time at Joe’s Live. It was quite an experience and a considerable opportunity to go out, let it all hang out and have an awesome time. Joe’s Live Rosemont show was the fourth stop on Black Stone Cherry’s Family Tree Tour. The tour still has shows in cities with supporting act’s Shaman’s Harvest, Blacktop Mojo, Bishop Gunn, Otis and Bones Owens on select dates. Pick up your tickets when this tour rolls into your city, it’s worth it, and I recommend it; you won’t be disappointed.
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