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The Rides
featuring Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Barry Goldberg

Can't Get Enough

Release Date: 8/27/13

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THE RIDES—A BLUES-ROCK SUMMIT FEATURING STEPHEN STILLS, KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD AND BARRY GOLDBERG—
WILL TOUR THE U.S. IN SEPTEMBER WITH BETH HART AS OPENING ACT

THE RIDES’ DEBUT ALBUM “CAN’T GET ENOUGH” FEATURES CO-WRITTEN ORIGINALS AND COVERS OF CLASSICS BY ARTISTS INCLUDING MUDDY WATERS, ELMORE JAMES, IGGY POP & THE STOOGES, AND NEIL YOUNG

Los Angeles, CA, July 10, 2013: The Rides is a new all-star blues-rock trio formed by legendary singer-songwriter and Buffalo Springfield/CSN/CSN&Y principal Stephen Stills, fellow guitar slinger Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and venerable Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg. The group will tour throughout September in support of its debut album, Can’t Get Enough, set for release August 27 on 429 Records. The series of dates kicks off with the band filming a concert for television from New York City’s iconic Iridium Jazz Club on August 28 and 29, and wraps on September 27 at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, NV.  Highlights also include shows at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston (9/7), Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, NY (9/8), Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee, WI (9/13), ACL Live at the Moody Theatre in Austin, TX (9/21), and The Fillmore in San Francisco (9/25).

Singer-songwriter Beth Hart is the tour’s opening act. Last December, Hart captured the spotlight when she joined Jeff Beck at the Kennedy Center Honors to pay musical tribute to Buddy Guy, and she recently sang at Eric Clapton's Crossroad Guitar Festival at New York's Madison Square Garden. 

The Rides took shape after Stills and Goldberg wrote 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 36-year-old, Shepherd, who’s had six #1 Blues albums.

Can’t Get Enough is inspired by—and is an homage to—the now-classic 1968 album Super Session, which featured Stills on guitar on one side, and the late Mike Bloomfield on the other (Bloomfield had founded Electric Flag with Goldberg, who also played on Super Session, as did Blood, Sweat & Tears keyboardist Al Kooper).  The Rides bring a historic and distinctively American musical form into the 21st century, and Stills calls the group the “the blues band of my dreams.”

Currently in the Top 5 on Amazon's blues chart, Can't Get Enough is available for pre-orders for $9.99. Order here.
Also available on itunes for pre-order here.

In addition, The Rides just released a lyric video for the first single “Don’t Want Lies.”  Directed by Rob Senska and filmed by Matt Rabinowitz at CRM Studios in Shreveport, LA, the video can be viewed here.

Among the album’s highlights are four Stills/Shepherd/Goldberg co-writes including the barnburner “RoadHouse”—about the life of an itinerant bluesman—CSN influenced “Don’t Want Lies,” and the title track, a guitar-heavy anthem with a soul-baring lead vocal by Stills. There’s also a Crazy Horse-caliber send-up of “Rockin’ In The Free World,” and four additional covers on which Shepherd sings lead, including “Talk To Me Baby” and “Honey Bee” by Elmore James and Muddy Waters, respectively, and Iggy Pop & The Stooges’ “Search and Destroy.” The set closes with “Word Game,” a song Stills wrote during his late ’60s era with Buffalo Springfield, and which appeared on his 1971 solo album Stephen Stills 2. 

 

The album was recorded in the studio over the course of about a week at EastWest in Los Angeles, helmed by longtime Shepherd producer Jerry Harrison, a renowned musician in his own right (Talking Heads, Modern Lovers, Casual Gods) as well as a fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Mostly first or second takes made the album’s final cut.  In addition to Chris Layton—Shepherd’s drummer, and also a veteran of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble—the players include bassist Kevin McCormick (CSN, Jackson Browne). 

“In the spirit of that simple, raw authentic 40s and 50s blues music the three of us love, we got in there and boom! A few takes and we were done,” says Stills. That spirit will come alive on stage when The Rides tour in September.

The Rides Tour Dates:

Wed 08-28-13 New York NY Iridium Jazz Club
Thu 08-29-13 New York NY Iridium Jazz Club
Sun 09-01-13 Atlantic City NJ Tropicana Hotel & Casino
Tue 09-03-13 Englewood NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
Thu 09-05-13 Ridgefield CT The Ridgefield Playhouse
Sat 09-07-13 Boston MA Wilbur Theatre
Sun 09-08-13 Westbury NY Theatre at Westbury
Tue 09-10-13 Munhall PA Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
Fri 09-13-13
Milwaukee WI Pabst Theater
Sat 09-14-13
Cincinnati OH Ohio River Throwdown
Mon 09-16-13 Lexington KY Lexington Opera House
Fri 09-20-13
Houston TX Arena Theatre
Sat 09-21-13 Austin TX ACL Live at the Moody Theatre
Tue 09-24-13 Riverside CA Fox Performing Arts Center
Wed 09-25-13 San Francisco CA The Fillmore
Fri 09-27-13 Reno NV Grand Sierra Resort & Casino

429 Records is a unit of The Savoy Label Group (SLG).  SLG is the North American based division of Nippon Columbia the oldest music company in Japan.  The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. The Savoy Label Group is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA.

 

Contact:
Kurt Nishimura
SILVERLAKE MEDIA
323-663-6303
Kurtnishimura@earthlink.net

Erin Cook
JENSEN COMMUNICTIONS
626-585-9575
erin@jensencom.com

John Branigan | WME
jbranigan@wmeentertainment.com
310.859.4486

 
From a chance meeting at a Super Bowl jam session, Stephen Stills invited Kenny Wayne Shepherd to join him for an homage to his legendary "Super Session" Album. Musically, it was close to love at first sight, or perhaps first riff! What started as a fun idea turned into a year-long project, with songwriting woodshedding and of course, explosive guitar playing by two of the all time greats with production by Talking Heads alumn Jerry Harrison. Stephen has not sounded so good since his CSN&Y glory days with "Don't Want Lies" and "Only Teardrops Fail". He also contributes "Word Game" - a vintage Buffalo Springfield politico anthem. Kenny Wayne who entered the scene as a great white hope of the blues at age 15 almost 20 years ago, has matured into the best player of his generation. He even sings and sounds fantastic. Check out the guitar interplay on "Honey Bee" (with Barry Goldberg's fabulous piano) on "Talk To Me Baby" and Neil Young's classic "Rockin' In The Free World". With Stills, Shepherd, and Goldberg joining forces to create the supergroup, The Rides, the sky's the limit!
 

STEPHEN STILLS,  KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD AND BARRY GOLDBERG FORM “THE RIDES,” A BLUES-ROCK SUMMIT WITH A DEBUT ALBUM—“CAN’T GET ENOUGH”—PRODUCED BY JERRY HARRISON
SET FOR RELEASE AUGUST 27

GENERATION-SPANNING TRIO BLISTERS THROUGH CO-WRITTEN ORIGINALS AND COVERS OF CLASSICS BY ARTISTS INCLUDING MUDDY WATERS, ELMORE JAMES, IGGY POP & THE STOOGES, AND NEIL YOUNG

Los Angeles, CA, May 9, 2013: No stranger to top flight musical partnerships, legendary singer-songwriter and Buffalo Springfield/CSN/CSN&Y principal Stephen Stills unites with fellow guitar slinger Kenny Wayne Shepherd and venerable Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg to form 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 gem, Can’t Get Enough was inspired by—and is an homage to—the now-classic 1968 album Super Session, which featured Stills on guitar on one side, and the late Mike Bloomfield on the other (Bloomfield had founded Electric Flag with Goldberg, who also played on Super Session, as did Blood, Sweat & Tears keyboardist Al Kooper).  As The Rides bring a historic and distinctively American musical form into the 21st century, Stills calls them “the blues band of my dreams.” The Rides will embark on a world tour beginning in September.  Dates TBD.

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.”

That exhilarating creative sorcery blasts through ten fire-breathing tracks, four of them 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 truly 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.

The in-the-moment energy and unscripted emotion of Can’t Get Enough, however, are among the album’s greatest strengths, as is the powerhouse guitar interplay between Stills and Shepherd, and the stellar accompaniment from Goldberg—who, as a teenager in his native Chicago, sat in with Muddy Waters, Otis Rush and Howlin’ Wolf, and went on to play keyboards for Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival, formed The Electric Flag, and composed with Gerry Goffin. The album was recorded live in the studio over the course of about a week at EastWest in Los Angeles, helmed by longtime Shepherd producer Jerry Harrison, a renowned musician in his own right (Talking Heads, Modern Lovers, Casual Gods). Mostly first or second takes made the album’s final cut.  In addition to Layton—Shepherd’s drummer, and also a veteran of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Double Trouble—the players include bassist Kevin McCormick (CSN, Jackson Browne). 

“In the spirit of that simple, raw authentic 40s and 50s blues music the three of us love, we got in there and boom! A few takes and we were done,” says Stills. “The songs have muscle, they don’t sound dated or contrived, they’re very natural and organic. I can’t wait to tour with these guys and start recording again!”

429 Records is a unit of The Savoy Label Group (SLG).  SLG is the North American based division of Nippon Columbia the oldest music company in Japan.  The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. The Savoy Label Group is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA.

Contact:
Kurt Nishimura
SILVERLAKE MEDIA
323/663-6303 kurtnishimura@earthlink.net

Michael Jensen
Erin Cook
626-585-9575
mj@jensencom.com
erin@jensencom.com