The Cherry Truck Band, aka Black Stone Cherry and Monster Truck, have released a new song titled “Love Become Law.” The idea for the collaboration came about after Monster Truck appeared on Black Stone Cherry’s “Cherry Chats.” They then wrote the single remotely during a series of livestreams.
Black Stone Cherry commented:
“The idea of The Cherry Truck Band can honestly be credited to the pandemic that our world is in. We saw tour after tour being cancelled and so many bands were turning to live streaming performances online. We put our heads together with our great friends in Monster Truck and decided to do something we hadn’t seen any other bands do to help pass the time while still entertaining fans. That idea was to write a song, LIVE to the world and divide it up into segments to show our fans the process of writing and creating. We had never done this with another full band before, let alone while we’re live streaming. It was incredibly exciting and fun and we are so proud of the song and more importantly, its meaning! This song is about uniting, being and living as one, and most importantly, loving each and every person that walks this planet. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did creating it for you!”
Monster Truck frontman Jon ‘Marv’ Harvey added:
“The Cherry Truck Band started with a bunch of friends getting together over long distances to create something memorable, meaningful and joyous. Over the five weekly episodes, our entire world basically turned upside down. The people were rising up. The people were tired of being oppressed. The people were tired of suffering for doing nothing wrong. The people were ready to force change. This is our anthem in solidarity to those fighting for basic rights. This is our voices saying, ‘we love you, we hear you, we respect and love you.’ Black lives matter. Without the impact of black culture, there would be no modern music, period. Respect, protect and celebrate diversity. Our world depends on it.”
A special “Rock For Relief” virtual concert will be taking place on Friday (July 3) at 5pm PDT / 8pm EDT via rockforrelief.net. The show will be hosted by Lou Brutus and Rikki Rachtman and money raised from it will go towards Feeding America‘s Coronavirus Response Fund. Here’s the artists set to perform: Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Don Felder, George Thorogood, Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Joe Hottinger (Halestorm), Filter, Lisa Loeb, BJ Thomas, The Dead Daisies, Jesse Hasek (10 Years), Brian Vodinh (10 Years), Chris Robertson (Black Stone Cherry), Starset, Simon Neil (Biffy Clyro), Brandon Saller (Atreyu), Ricky Byrd, Bobby Whitlock (Derek & The Dominos, CoCo Carmel), Joe Grushecky, Bones Owens, Kathy Sledge, Danielia Cotton & Mickey Factz, and Matt Bigland (Dinosaur Pile-Up). Alice Cooper, Peter Frampton, Joe Satriani, Melissa Rivers, and Adam Gontier (Saint Asonia) will also be involved in the event.
It looks like Black Stone Cherry are finished with their new album. Chris Robertson confirmed the news on the latest episode of “Cherry Chat,” which also featured special guests Shinedown.
Robertson said the following:
“We were literally finishing [the] record right when all the stay-at-home stuff came down [due to the coronavirus pandemic]. We were scheduled to go back in on a Monday, ’cause we were taking weekends off. We worked through the weekend and finished everything up, because come Monday, you couldn’t do shit anymore, man. We got really lucky that it came down that close. But now we’re sitting here with a record, finishing to get it mixed, and you can’t go tour, you can’t do shit.”
“Our monitor engineer, Jordan [Westfall], came down and engineered the whole record, and we decided to have him mix the thing, man. He took the record home with him to his studio to mix and fucking killed it, man. We uploaded it for master today, so the wheels are still moving. But it’s just like we all know — everything’s kind of been put on an indefinite hold for a little while for everybody.”
He also added:
“The last record we did, ‘Family Tree’, it was way more ‘jam band’-y and kind of classic rock-oriented, to where the new record is nothing like that. The new record, it’s funny — when Jordan was mixing it, we were, like, ‘Hey, man, when you reference it, make sure you reference your all’s last record” — referring to SHINEDOWN’s “Attention Attention” — “and a bunch of other records, man, because the last couple of records we’ve done haven’t been necessarily in the same kind of genre, per se, as what you guys do. We haven’t been in that heavy rock category on the last couple of releases we’ve done; we’ve done more of a blues-oriented thing. And it’s been a lot of fun, man. But with the new record, we decided to kick the shit back up a notch again. And it’s awesome, man. We’re excited for people to hear it.”
Black Stone Cherry and Monster Truck are teaming up for a new series, which they are calling “The Cherry Truck Band.” The series will launch tomorrow (May 13) and it will find the bands collaborating on new music.
Black Stone Cherry commented:
“Black Stone Cherry and Monster Truck have come together to launch a brand new web series, The Cherry Truck Band, starting, Wednesday 13th May at 3 pm Central Time (9 pm BST/10 pm CET), right here on our Facebook page!
Fans will get the chance to see, live, first-hand, upfront and personal the two collaborate on writing a song together. Getting a unique insight into how the creative process works, fly on the wall style.
The idea emerged from Black Stone Cherry’s, ‘Cherry Chat’ episode with Monster Truck’s Jon ‘Marv’ Harvey just over a week ago. The idea blossomed from their conversation together with our Kentucky brothers saying; “We’re so happy to be hanging out with our fellow riff lovers in Monster Truck again- even if it has to be virtually for now! Writing a song with another band while live-streaming the entire process to the world is something neither group has ever done- so we are excited to see what happens and where it will go! It’s time to unleash the Cherry Truck Band!”
Talking about it Harvey of Monster Truck said; “We couldn’t be more excited for BSC to pop our collaboration Cherry! Haha! Can’t wait to write some serious rock n roll and come out the other side with a banger. People will be singing this tune for the rest of their lives.”
The web series will be on both bands Facebook pages every Wednesday at 3 pm Central Time (9 pm BST/10 pm CET) for fans to view.”
Black Stone Cherry’s Chris Robertson has shared footage of himself covering Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “All I Can Do Is Write About It.” You can check that out below. In other news, Black Stone Cherry have also launched two charity shirts including one for COVID-19 relief efforts and one for their road crew.
Alter Bridge have postponed their spring tour with Black Stone Cherry and Saint Asonia due to the coronavirus pandemic. The shows will be rescheduled at a later date.
Alter Bridge commented:
“We hoped that it wouldn’t come to this, but as some of you have already heard unfortunately, due to recent changes around the globe created by the recent Covid-19 situation, the May headline tour of the United States with Black Stone Cherry and Saint Asonia will be postponed.
The health and safety of everyone attached to these shows (fans, artists, crew members, venue staff, etc) is our main priority. More information regarding rescheduled dates will be available in the future.
We look forward to the time when we can all come together and celebrate music as the community and family we are. Until then, Stay Home, Stay Healthy and Stay Safe…”
Alter Bridge have announced a spring headlining tour. Black Stone Cherry and Saint Asonia will serve as support.
05/01 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle (no Saint Asonia)
05/02 Charlotte, NC – Epicenter Festival (Alter Bridge only)
05/04 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
05/06 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
05/07 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
05/09 Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome To Rockville (Alter Bridge only)
05/10 Destin, FL – Club LA (Alter Bridge only)
05/12 Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre
05/13 Niagara Falls, NY – Rapids Theatre
05/15 Rama, ON – Casino Rama
05/16 Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple Festival (Alter Bridge only)
05/18 New Orleans, LA – The Fillmore
05/20 Houston, TX – House of Blues
05/21 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Pavilion
05/23 Herrin, IL – Herrinfesta Italiana (Alter Bridge only)
05/24 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma (Alter Bridge only)
Lynyrd Skynyrd have announced that their 2020 “Simple Man Jam” festival will take place at the Rosen Shingle Creek hotel in Orlando, Florida on August 20-24. The event will find the band playing two separate sets and it will also feature performances from: Styx, Blackberry Smoke, Charlie Daniels Band, 38 Special, Shooter Jennings, Drivin’ N Cryin’, Black Stone Cherry, and Bishop Gun.
It looks like Black Stone Cherry are planning to hit the studio this winter to work on their new album. Guitarist Ben Wells told MisplacedStraws.com the following:
“We got to do a new album so we’ll be in the studio winter time and then probably get back on the road in spring. We’ve hit this album cycle really hard. We’ve done Europe four times on it, we’ve been all over the U.S. and everywhere and got to go to Japan and Hawaii for the first time. It’s been great but it’s time to slow down for a minute and crank out another album.”
Black Stone Cherry have been forced to drop off their Australian tour with Halestorm due to a “family emergency.” The band commented:
“Australia, we’re sorry to announce that we have to cancel our December dates with Halestorm, due to a family emergency. We look forward to coming back soon and putting on an amazing show for all you awesome fans and we thank you for your understanding.”