Bishop Gunn of Natchez, Mississippi, is rooted in the history and sounds of their home and the surrounding Delta, and features a blend of rock and roll, soul and blues. The band, consisting of Travis McCready (vocals), Drew Smithers (guitar), Ben Lewis (bass) and Burne Sharp (drums), released their debut full-length albumâ€¯Natchezâ€¯in May 2018. They worked on the release with Grammy Award-winning producers CaseyÂ WasnerÂ and Mark Neill at legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and FAME Studios, as well as The Purple House in Leiperâ€™s Fork, Tennessee where the band lives and creates in a farmhouse on the outskirts of Nashville. The album, named after the bandâ€™s hometown, entered theâ€¯Billboardâ€¯charts as the #4 Blues Album and also appeared as #8 on theirÂ HeatseekersÂ South Central chart.â€¯ Rolling Stone Countryâ€¯featured the band among their â€œArtists You Need to Know,â€ asserting â€œanyone can cite the Muscle Shoals sound as an influence, but few acts can actually pull off making music worthy of such a claim. Nashville band Bishop Gunn is one of those actsâ€¦the resulting music is the perfect blend of Nashville and theÂ Shoals, andÂ is the rare album that builds upon its influences rather than resorting to outright mimicry.â€
Prior to the release ofâ€¯Natchez,â€¯the band was featured at SXSW, played support dates for Blackberry Smoke and was invited for a return appearance on Kid Rockâ€™s 9th Annual â€œChillinâ€™ the Most Cruise.â€ They thenâ€¯spent the rest of 2018 touring in support of the album, including performances at The Peach Fest and The Big House Museum, as well as support dates forâ€¯The Marcus King Band, Whiskey Myers,â€¯Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Outlaws, and Black Stone Cherry.
The album, co-produced by Grammy Award winners Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, is a semiautobiographical sketch of Childers’ growth from wayward youth to happily married man, told in the tradition of a Southern gothic novel with a classic noir antihero who may just be irredeemable.â€¯Purgatoryâ€¯is a chiaroscuro painting with darkness framing light in high relief. There’s catharsis and redemption. Sin and temptation. Murder and deceit. Demons and angels. Moonshine and cocaine. So much moonshine and cocaine. All played out on the large, colorful canvas of Eastern Kentucky.
Family comes firstâ€”you can never forget who was there with you from the start. The Edmonton, Kentucky-based rock n’ roll quartetÂ Black Stone CherryÂ was raised on musical forefathers such as Cream, Led Zeppelin, Muddy Waters, and the Faces, among other 1970s staples, and, now, with its sixth album,Â Family Tree, BSC salutes its classic rock heritage and honors its legacy with a beast of a Southern rock n’ roll album.
For 17 years,Â Black Stone CherryÂ has put forth a new vicious breed of Southern rock, injecting youthful vitality and a myriad of fresh new influences into the beloved American rock tradition. To date, the band has released five critically acclaimed albums, and one well-received blues EP. Black Stone Cherry has also rocked 12,000-cap arena shows, topped the UK charts, and shared the stage with a diverse roster of superstars, including Def Leppard,Â LynyrdÂ Skynyrd, Bad Company,Â MotÃ¶rhead, and ZZ Top.
Southern Avenue combines the talents of a prodigiously talented set of young musicians who bring their individual backgrounds to the table to create music that carries the Southern soul legacy into the 21st century, spanning the band members’ wide-ranging musical interests while showcasing the powerful chemistry and electrifying live show that they’ve honed through extensive stage and studio experience. Since the release of their debut, Southern Avenue has played in over a dozen countries and wowed audiences at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Firefly, Electric Forest andÂ Locknâ€™.
Guitar phenomÂ Ori NaftalyÂ originally built his reputation in his native Israel before joining forces with deeply expressive Memphis-bred singerÂ Tierinii JacksonÂ and her subtly powerful drummer sisterÂ Tikyra Jackson. The band’s lineup is rounded out by versatile keyboardistÂ Jeremy Powell, an early alumnus ofÂ StaxÂ Records’ renowned music academy.
The bandâ€™s self-titled debut was released in 2017, hitting #6 on Billboardâ€™s Top Blues Albums Chart, reaching #1 on the iTunes Blues Chart and prominently sitting in the Americana radio Top 30 for nearly six months. The success of the album created demand for the band in both the U.S. and throughout the world performing in high-profile festivals around the globe.Â Since that time the band has seemingly lived on the road with over 300 shows under their belts.â€¯Building their audience one show at a time, they have headlined countless rooms from coast to coast and have toured with artists including Buddy Guy, JJÂ Grey &Â Mofro,Â Umphrey’sÂ McGee, Los Lobos, North Mississippi Allstars and Karl Denson to name a few.â€¯”We love playing live,” says Ori Naftaly, “It’s that connection with our fans that makes the time away from home worth it.â€¯Fans become our family out on theÂ roadÂ and we love experiencing music together with them each and every night.”