Playing their Hard Drive Live Tour, Black Stone Cherry, We As Human, and Fifth Freedom each brought their own blend of hard rock and metal.

Black Stone Cherry is an American hard rock band, formed in 2001 in Edmonton, Kentucky. They released their fourth studio album, Magic Mountain, on May 6, which reached #1 on the UK Rock Album Chart. The album features the current rock radio single, “Me And Mary Jane.”
They have played with acts such as Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Nickelback, Alter Bridge, Theory of a Deadman, Chickenfoot, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, and others. They will headline a UK tour with Airbourne and Theory of a Deadman in the fall of 2014.

The band already has an amazing stance in the rock community, all driven by the members, the powerful twang, growling vocals, and animated guitar shreds of Chris Robertson, the heavy rhythms of bassist Jon Lawhon, the driving force of guitarist Ben Wells, and the heavy beat of drummer John Fred Young. They aren’t trying to be rock stars, it just happens naturally with them. Their sound is an awesome mix of hard rock and bluesy country. It’s the type of music you listen to and feel like a badass.

We as Human is a Christian rock band from Sandpoint, Idaho formed in 2006. They were discovered by John Cooper, lead singer of the band, Skillet, in 2010 who introduced them to their current label, Atlantic Records.
Currently residing in Nashville Tennessee, they released their debut major record label album, We As Human, in June 2013. It debuted at #3 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart and #8 on the Billboard Hard Rock charts. They have played shows with Avenged Sevenfold, Skillet, Korn, Alterbridge, Toby Mac, Papa Roach, Shinedown and others.

Eric Potapenko, guitarist/singer of Diverge, has stepped in as guitar for this tour. His talent mixed in with the high energy and hard rock made for an awesome show from this band. Many people have a stigma against Christian rock bands, but these guys blow through any stereotype you may have with their awesome sound.
Their songs are focused on emotionally driven lyrics with in your face hard rock. Vocalist Justin Cordle has said, “We want our listeners to know that every word we sing, every word we say from the stage, comes from the core of who we are. It’s not just a show. We write about who we are, what we believe, and back that up with how we live our lives.” These guys put on a heavy, energetic show that will get the entire room on their feet.

Fifth Freedom is a hard rock band from Portland, Maine. Having been rocking out since the early 2000’s, they pride themselves on playing music that isn’t afraid to be loud, aggressive and in-your-face while still touching on the subjects everyone can relate to.
These guys were an awesome start to the show. The thumping bass, heavy drums and bluesy guitar leads, this heavy show is an awesome mix of southern music and the metal that Detroit loves.

Fifth Freedom has shared the stage with some of the biggest acts around, Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd, Godsmack, Sevendust, 10 Years, Chevelle, Five Finger Death Punch, Drowing Pool, and others. These guys are the real deal, they pay with so much energy and soul, it’s hard to believe they aren’t huge yet, but they are well on their way.

Black Stone Cherry:
Chris Robertson (Vocals/Guitar)
Ben Wells (Guitar/Vocals)
Jon Lawhon (Bass/Vocals)
John Fred Young (Drums)

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We As Human:
Justin Cordle (Vocals)
Adam Osborne (Drums)
Jake Jones (Guitar)
Justin Forshaw (Guitar)
Dave Draggoo (Bass)

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Fifth Freedom:
Alan “Brownie” Jones (Lead Vocals/Lead and Rhythm Guitars)
Nichk Little (Lead and Rhythm Guitars)
Mike “Scarpo” Scarpelli (Bass Guitar/Backup Vocals)
Gary “Bulldog” Marston (Drums and Percussion)

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About The Author

Calling Detroit, Michigan home, Sami has been photographing for many years and has been with National Rock Review since near the beginning. She is a photographer and writer for National Rock Review as well as being the US Marketing Manager, PR Correspondent, and Editor. She also owns her own photography business, Sami Lipp Photography. Capturing the excitement of live music and the passion of musicians is something she lives for. She is excited to grow her career in music photography every day.

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