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Published: 2013/05/09

Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg are The Rides

Buffalo Springfield/CSN/CSN&Y principal Stephen Stills, guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg have formed the new all-star blues-rock group The Rides. 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 number, Can’t Get Enough was inspired by—and is an homage to—the now-classic 1968 album Super Session. That album featured Stills on guitar on one side, and the late Mike Bloomfield (Bloomfield founded Electric Flag with Goldberg, who also played on Super Session alongside Blood, Sweat & Tears keyboardist Al Kooper). The Rides will embark on a world tour beginning in September.

As the band explains:

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.” Stills says, “It was just really magical with the three of us, one of the best times I’ve had in my musical career.”

The album features four 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. Other highlights include a Crazy Horse-caliber send-up of “Rockin’ In The Free World.”

“Everyone gets off on this one,” says Goldberg, “just a ton of electricity on this Neil Young classic.” The four additional covers are the tracks on which Shepherd sings lead, including “Talk To Me Baby” and “Honey Bee” by blues giants Elmore James and Muddy Waters, respectively, and Iggy Pop & The Stooges’ “Search and Destroy,” which The Rides make their own. The album closes with the raucous “Word Game,” a song Stills wrote during his late ’60s era with Buffalo Springfield, but never recorded. “It was an old acoustic song that I had fun adapting to an electric band,” he says.


There are 12 comments associated with this post

Jackie May 9, 2013, 13:53:44

Very cool, looks like Stephen lost some weight and is looking good. For a while he looked bloated and horrible.

Johan May 9, 2013, 17:22:56

Wordgame never recorded? It’s on Stills 2!

mb May 9, 2013, 19:25:22

Looks interesting. Stills has always been an under-rated guitarist. Can’t wait to hear their take on the Stooges!

Lawrence E Harris May 9, 2013, 21:15:51

This music sounds amazing. Can’t wait for the CD to come out

JoeRay May 10, 2013, 14:44:02

Looks like Stephen will get to do his BLUES CD after all. This is one record I hope comes out in 24 bit… Lets also hope Stephen sits down at the Irory 88’s

kellymgk May 12, 2013, 09:43:07

World Tour in stating in September? CSN will be in Europe? how is that possible?

Pauli May 13, 2013, 05:19:45

Come clean Kenny , You just wanted to play all of Stephens vinatge guitars and amps and effects !! :-) ......not to mention tap his 50 years of production knowledge. Cant wait as Stephen Stills is the “bomb” and is a “blues man” Have a listen to the ALBUM previews @ Sounds great and hope world tour includes OZ and NZ

Jim May 14, 2013, 16:23:52

This is cool. However would love to see a reunion of the Stills Young band too.

Frank Petricca May 18, 2013, 20:31:42

Glad to see Barry playing with Steven Frank petricca

Stephen Lennartz August 16, 2013, 14:21:27

Well COOL! I just secured 6th row center to see these boyz in St. Louis! Apparently the word is not out yet. I was just commenting to my lovely wife that there hasn’t been a concert worth seeing pretty much all year in this neck of the woods. Bonus: Stephen is one of her all time favorite musicians.

Stephen Lennartz September 18, 2013, 17:21:03

So last night was THE night. Great gig from a rock & roll history maker! The best part? We arrived early for dinner, got settled in, in walks Stephen Stills & his entourage … and they seat him at the table next to us! I let him finish his dinner, introduced myself and shared that when I was 16, Guitar Player magazine did a pictorial of his 300+ guitar collection. He laughed. “I remember that! I had to sell a bunch of em’ cause I’ve got two in college now.” (laughs). Thanked him. Knuckled up with him. Made our way down the hall to our seats … continued our evening of memories we won’t soon forget.

Sara La December 29, 2013, 11:14:20

Stephen’s looking and sounding great. I would never have imagined him playing with KWS but it works!

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