Stephen Stills calls The Rides, “the blues band of my dreams.”

Having listened to The Rides new album, Pierced Arrow, it is easy to understand the affection Stephen Stills, a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, has for the band. The Rides features Stills with five-time Grammy-nominated Kenny Wayne Shepherd and the renowned Chicago rock/blues keyboard player Barry Goldberg.

The Rides formed in 2013 following a performance by the trio at a benefit, which led to the release of their debut album, Can’t Get Enough.

Fast forward to 2016 and The Rides are back with their sophomore album indicating that this is not just any other supergroup, this band is in it for the long haul. “Kick Out Of It” opens the album and is an up-tempo blues rock number, featuring Stephen Stills distinctive vocals before Kenny Wayne Shepherd takes over the reigns on the old school rock n’ roll number, “Riva Diva.” The pair most certainly has formed an impressive partnership.

The incredible “Virtual World” takes the album in Crosby, Stills and Nash direction with some beautiful vocal harmonies between Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd reminiscent of Stills early work with CSN.

A staple track in the band’s live set on their first tour, “I’ve Got To Use My Imagination” by Gladys Night and the Pips/Bobby “Blue” Bland, is one of two covers on the album. Goldberg writing with Gerry Goffin had a hit with the song in the 70s.

As you would want and expect, Pierced Arrow is packed full of both Shepherd and Stills’ blistering handy work particularly on the likes of dirty blues, harmonica-infused “Game On” and the blues-rock number, “I Need Your Lovin’.” Goldberg’s impressive playing adds a nice texture throughout the album.

The album is brought to a close with a superb cover of Willie Dixon’s, “My Babe.”

Pierced Arrow is a well-rounded blues album from some of the finest artists in the game, we wait with baited breath for tour dates in support of their latest offering.

The album will be released via Provogue/Mascot Label Group on May 06.

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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